Consider these reasons why you might prefer an electric car (EV) during the winter.
No warm up needed. Just get in and go. And the cabin will be warm within half a mile. No puffing! If your car is parked outside and has ice or snow on it, you can turn on the heat remotely without unlocking it 10 or 15 minutes before you want to leave.
You’ll never break down. Winter is a terrible time for a breakdown, isn’t it? There’s nothing to break down in an EV, and it will never “stall.” The only time you’ll see an electric car in the breakdown lane is if it was in an accident or has a flat tire.
No filling your tank during in the freezing rain or snow. Think of your EV like your smartphone. You plug it in at night and it’s fully charged in the morning. When you have an electric car, gas stations are just for cleaning your windshield and buying lottery tickets.
Traction is better in an EV. My all-wheel-drive Tesla is hands-down better in snow than my old Lexus RX 400h or, I wager, any car. Test drive one on a snow-packed road and you’ll be amazed, as I was.
You can leave the heat on while parked. It’s really nice to come back to a warm car with no ice to scrape. I left my locked Tesla’s heat on for several hours during a recent snowstorm and it only consumed a couple kilowatt-hours (22 cents’ worth of electricity, if you don’t have solar panels). When I was ready to leave, the windows were all clear and the cabin was 70 degrees! The same feature works during summertime. I don’t have to return to a car that’s over 100 degrees in the sun.