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5 Reasons Why Electric Cars Are Better Than Gas Cars

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

Why Should We Switch to Electric?

There is no shortage of reasons to choose an electric car, and the perks don't end after our list does. That being said, we've collected five of the most compelling justifications. Schedule an appointment with our advisors for more details on why you should explore EVs and hybrid vehicles. Whether you want to save more on gasoline or enjoy reduced maintenance costs, an electric vehicle may be your perfect match.

You may be asking yourself, "Why buy electric cars?" If you're interested in learning about the perks of buying an electric vehicle, you're in the perfect place. We'll discuss the many benefits drivers are reaping from choosing electric vehicles over models with combustion engines. Not only can you expect lower ownership and maintenance costs, but your purchase will also positively influence the environment.

Let's dive into five answers to your "Why buy electric vehicles" search. When you're ready to see a selection of feature-rich electric models in person, head over to our Toyota of Marin showroom. Our expert advisors can help you explore your options and take you for a spirited test drive. For now, let us entice you with our top reasons, outlined below, for making the switch.

1. Lower Your Carbon Footprint & Positively Impact the Environment

One of the biggest perks to the "why buy electric" question is the positive way you'll impact the environment. Choosing an electric model means you're making your carbon footprint smaller. Eco-conscious drivers will love shopping for electric vehicles or mild hybrid vehicles, knowing their purchases are not contributing to the decimation of fossil fuels and other resources.

In addition to not using fossil fuels, electric vehicles don't produce any tailpipe emissions, which are notoriously bad for the atmosphere and the climate. If you're interested in producing fewer pollutants with daily driving, speak with one of our Toyota of Marin experts. We can help you learn more about EVs and their environmental perks.

2. No More Gas Costs in the Budget

Who doesn't want to cut gasoline from their budget and keep more money in their pocket? We know we do! Gasoline savings are just at your fingertips with an electric model since these vehicles operate on electric motor systems that completely forgo a gasoline engine. While you'll still pay electricity costs to charge your vehicle, it tends to be cheaper than buying gasoline for an equivalent combustion model. In fact, a 2020 Consumer Reports study found that drivers could save 60% on average.1

Mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles still have a gasoline engine and will need gas to operate, but you can enjoy lower reliance on fuel. In some cases, you may be able to cut your gasoline costs in half.

3. Fewer Maintenance Costs & Needs

Because electric vehicles don't have a combustion engine, you won't need gasoline or oil changes. These absences translate to two major categories in savings since you won't need to purchase oil change materials or bring the vehicle into the shop every three to five months for a routine oil change.

Purchasing an all-electric model can mean spending more time on the road and less time in the service center for routine care. However, you'll still need tire care, battery service, and some other routine maintenance.

4. Possible Federal or State Tax Credits, Incentives & Rewards

Some vehicles make drivers eligible for a federal tax credit when purchased, which can help you save even more on your taxes when the season to pay rolls around. Everyone's tax situation is unique and should be handled as such, and we suggest seeing our finance team for details on whether one of our electric models can help you save on your taxes.

These tax credits can change at any time, so it's important to inquire about them before purchasing or at the time of purchasing your electric vehicle.

Additional savings can be had with financing specials or offers through our dealership, so ask our advisors about available options when you visit our finance center.

5. Lower Ownership Costs

Every vehicle will cost money to maintain. However, as we mentioned above, electric vehicles don't have combustion engines, which means they won't need oil changes or gas. These two factors significantly cut down ownership costs, making all-electric models an appealing long-term option. These vehicles may be able to help you pocket hundreds in savings over the first few years of ownership, with the equivalent cost of electricity being cheaper than gasoline.

Visit us to Explore Our Selection of Electric Toyota Vehicles

Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Sienna Hybrid

As of 2024, the selection of all-electric Toyota cars is limited to the Toyota bZ4X and the Toyota Mirai, a fuel-cell electric vehicle. However, we're excited to see what the future holds for new Toyota EVs for sale. We suspect there may be more to come. Check our website often for details on new electric vehicle releases, the future of Toyota EVs, and more.

Although the Toyota bZ4X and the Mirai are the only all-electric models, the brand has moved toward electrification with plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid models, including:

  • Land Cruiser
  • Corolla Cross Hybrid
  • Sequoia
  • Highlander Hybrid
  • Grand Highlander Hybrid
  • Prius
  • Corolla Hybrid
  • Camry
  • RAV4 Hybrid
  • Venza
  • Tacoma i-FORCE MAX
  • Tundra i-FORCE MAX
  • Sienna
  • Toyota Crown
  • RAV4 Prime
  • Prius Prime

Some drivers may be familiar with the Prius or Prius Prime, two of the flagship hybrid models that took electrification to the forefront of the automotive industry. Toyota continues the trend with the all-electric sporty crossover bZ4X SUV and the luxurious Mirai sedan.

Start Your Electrified Journey With Toyota of Marin

Make us your premier Toyota electric car dealer, and we'll help you get started on your journey toward using more electric power. Our team is excited to pair you with a model that can help lower ownership costs, erase gasoline costs from your budget, and more. Schedule an appointment with us, and we'll help you tour models and hand over the key fob for a test drive.

1Reference to this third-party claim is solely for informational purposes and not to be relied upon. For details regarding this rating, visit https://advocacy.consumerreports.orghttps://di-uploads-pod3.dealerinspire.com/toyotamarin/uploads/2020/10/EV-Ownership-Cost-Final-Report-1.pdf

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