For most people around the world, getting free electric cars is something that is very unlikely to happen. Well, it actually happened in the US, temporarily. In 2009, the Obama administration passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus package. The legislation provides tax credits as an incentive for purchasing an alternative fuel vehicle. Through this tax credit, people can obtain free electric cars, Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) in particular. Additionally, the tax credit will be enough to take care of all the expenses needed in the purchase of these free electric cars, including the sales tax extra and the shipping. Unfortunately though, the tax credit only run until the end of 2009.
However, this free electric car, also known as NEV, is not your usual car. They resemble a souped up golf cart instead of the typical sedan. The car is manufactured by Drive Electric and it is called the NEV-48 EV. These free electric cars are street legal, and as a result, you can drive them on any roads that have a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less. They are equipped with turn signals, horn, mirrors, windshield, and they can also reach up to 25 miles per hour. While they may not be very fast, they are feasible as a mode of transport in short distances, like for running errands.
These free electric cars have a few key advantages over conventional cars. One advantage is that it doesnâ€™t suffer from cold starts as it uses electricity. One more benefit is that these cars are incredibly efficient, and a normal car would need to have an equivalent of 160 miles per gallon to meet its efficiency. Furthermore, the cost of driving these free electric cars is pegged to be only at one penny per mile. However, there are also disadvantages of using this car. Its use is very limited as you cannot use it for long-distance travel, or on snowy and rough roads. It handles potholes very poorly. And it is open air so it offers less protection and is not ideal to use in very cold temperatures.