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Considering an Electric Vehicle?

Considering an Electric Vehicle (EV) in Montana?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular in Montana and across the country, with over 1.2 million sold in 2023 according to Kelly Blue Book (KBB).

Thinking about switching to an EV for your Big Sky adventures? Let’s explore the benefits and challenges you might encounter driving an EV in our beautiful state.

Cost versus Savings:

One of the most significant differences between a gas-powered car and an EV is the cost of fuel. Did you know that EV owners can expect to pay approximately $4.23 for every 100 miles they drive according to ChooseEnergy.com, while those with gas-powered vehicles spend around $14.84 for the same distance?* With the average Montanan driving 15,800 miles per year, per the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, owning an EV could save you $1,676 annually. Let’s not forget the specialized tires to support the increased weight of EVs – they can cost a bit more, but the tradeoff is no more oil changes or antifreeze worries.

Range versus Charging Infrastructure:

Living in Montana, we’re all aware of the vast roads and breathtaking journeys, but what about charging stations? While gas stations are abundant, we currently only have about 121 charging stations in the entire state, according to Visit MT. However, with the option to charge your vehicle at home and more employers offering charging ports, it’s becoming easier to keep your EV fully charged.

The MT Dept. of Transportation and Department of Environmental Quality have plans to improve Montana’s charging infrastructure with federal funding of $43 million dollars over the next five years.

Weather versus Technology:

Our Montana weather can be quite extreme, which can affect any vehicle’s performance, and EVs are no exception. Chilly winter temperatures can reduce the efficiency of an EVs lithium-ion battery, leading to a decrease in range, while toasty summer heat can also have its impact reducing range. Like any vehicle, gas or electric, with some careful planning, understanding of your vehicle’s capabilities, and the conditions outside, a smooth ride is within reach.

Buying an EV is a big decision.

If you want help running the numbers as you weigh your personal pros and cons list, we’d be happy to help. Just stop by or give us a call.

*This example uses price per gallon of $3.71