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EV (electric vehicles) has become popular little by little in Japan in recent years. Some people are interested in eco-friendly eco-cars. However, there are many things that I don’t understand about prices, charging, etc., and it seems that many people hesitate when considering the purchase. It dispels such anxiety and this article provides a clear explanation of the basic knowledge of EV. Let’s look at the steps, from the difference between gasoline cars to the knowledge of merit/demerits and charging.

Benefits of riding an EV

What are the benefits of EV when compared to gasoline vehicles and other eco cars? Let’s look at five specifically.

Low maintenance cost

EVs are said to be able to reduce maintenance costs compared to gasoline vehicles. Fuel is a typical vehicle maintenance cost. Electricity bills are generally cheaper than gasoline when the same mileage is.
In addition, EVs do not require the engine oil required for gasoline vehicles and reduce brake pads and other costs, so consumables and maintenance fees are also cheaper.

Reduce carbon dioxide emissions

EV does not emit carbon dioxide while driving. It has been pointed out that carbon dioxide is emitted during power generation and manufacturing, but by using renewable energy such as thermal power, solar, and hydro to generate electricity; these problems can be resolved in the future.

Driving quiet and powerful

Gasoline vehicles drive the engine, resulting in vibrations and drive sounds. On the other hand, the EV runs only on the battery and motor, so there is less vibration and the sound is quiet. In addition, the maximum torque can be exerted at the moment when the accelerator is stepped on the characteristics of the motor so that it is possible to drive comfortably and powerfully.

Can be used as an emergency power source

When a power outage is caused by a natural disaster, the EV can be used as an emergency power source. How much you can live on a full charge to an EV depends on the vehicle type and the number of households, but 6 ~ 9 days for living alone and 3 ~ 4 days for a household of four.
In addition, to use the power stored in the EV as an emergency power source, a system called vehicle outlet and 「V2H」(Vehicle to Home, car to home) is required.

Will be applied to subsidies and tax cuts

Subsidies and tax cuts apply when purchasing EVs. The types of subsidies and tax cuts vary and vary by vehicle type and municipality. In addition, national and municipal subsidies can be applied in duplicate, and in some cases can be purchased cheaper than the list price. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to find out what kind of subsidy and tax cuts your desired vehicle will be subject to.


EV, a car that runs exclusively on electricity, is an eco-car that does not emit carbon dioxide. It has a lower fuel bill than gasoline, and it can run quietly and powerfully. It can also be used as an emergency power source when doing things. It’s more expensive than a gasoline car, but in some cases, it’s cheaper to buy with good use of subsidies and tax cuts. Some people are worried about the long charging time, but if it is a fast electric vehicle charging station, it can be filled in about 40 minutes.