What Are the Benefits of Electric Cars?

Some benefits of electric cars are that electric cars emit lower emissions that harm the planet, have far better fuel economy that gas powered engines, and have a longer battery life, notes the United States Department of Energy. Although the cost of an electric car is much greater than that of a gasoline-powered vehicle, the higher cost is offset by lower fuel costs in the long run.

Emissions of electric cars are generally lower than those of gas-powered engines, but the amount of emissions vary depending on the type of electricity used to charge the vehicle. Plug-in cars typically have the lowest emission rates of any electric car on the market.

Those looking to save money on fuel costs will enjoy an electric car's fuel saving benefits. Many electric hybrids get more than 40 miles per gallon, which is better than most gas-powered automobiles. All-electric cars can typically drive for more than 100 miles between charges.

As of 2015, people buying electric cars receive a tax credit, which helps to offset the higher cost of these cars compared to non-electric models. The tax credit ranges from $2,500 to $7,500, depending on the size of the vehicle and its battery capacity.