Making the switch to electric vehicles is getting easier

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AMHERST, Mass (WWLP) – More people are becoming environmentally conscious and making the switch to electric vehicles. 

Smartphone apps show you where you can charge your vehicle on the road, no matter how far you are from home, making the switch easier. But that’s not the only challenge.

One of the greatest concerns of people buying electric vehicles is its range. But they can actually travel hundreds of miles on a single charge.

22News went to UMass Amherst for their “Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive” event to find out just how long these cars can go. First up was the Chevrolet Bolt

“The range on it is 233 miles at a full charge. And it is a totally electric vehicle,” Roger Jourdain, a sales representative with Burke Chevrolet in Northampton, told 22News. 

“We just test drove the Volkswagen Golf and I believe he said 150 miles per charge,” Jared Winston, an attendant of the event, explained. 

22News spoke with two Tesla owners who said they made the change to get off of using fossil fuels to shrink their carbon footprint. 

Going electric hasn’t stopped them from traveling across the country. When asked whether they ever run into any issues finding charging stations, it was an easy answer. 

“Absolutely not. The car knows where all the charging stations are. We just drove out to California and back and no problems,” John Lochhead, a Tesla owner, told 22News. 

There are also state and federal financial incentives to buy or lease an electric vehicle.

You can apply for a rebate up to $1,500 from the Commonwealth and up to $7,500 in federal tax credits.

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