We're often asked "What are the benefits of owning an electric vehicle?"

EV Ownership Benefit - Does Away With This

EV Ownership Benefit - Does Away With This

The answer depends on who is doing the asking and who is asked.

For this writer, the primary benefits would be zippy acceleration and money saved on gas.

Others, of course, answer the question differently.

That's why we often like to "hand the mic" to someone else for their thoughts.

This time around, that someone else is San Diego Gas & Electric.

Q: What are the benefits of owning an electric vehicle?

A: There are many benefits, both in terms of the savings generated by the cars’ technological innovations and low charging-rates plus other incentives offered on the local, state and federal level to promote these emissions-free vehicles. Here are just some of the benefits that are possible with an electric vehicle (EV):

Saves money: On average, EV charging between midnight and 5 a.m. is equivalent to paying less than $2 per gallon for gas.

Incentives available: Californians can receive up to $2,500 off the purchase price thanks to state incentives and up to $7,500 in federal tax credits.

Helps the environment: More than 1,500 metric tons of emissions are removed from the atmosphere each year for every 1,000 passenger cars replaced by plug-in electric vehicles.

Promotes energy independence: America currently imports approximately 60 percent of its oil.

Helps avoid traffic: Electric vehicle drivers can use the carpool lanes with a single driver on California’s busy freeways.

Provides great driving experience: These vehicles are quite sporty and provide a fun drive, more like a sports car than an economy car.

Now, it's your turn.  If you were asked "What are the benefits of owning an electric vehicle?" what would be your answer?