If you are located in Los Angeles or the Greater Los Angeles County area, you’re probably pretty used to seeing electric vehicles on the road when you are out and about. All-electric vehicles are very popular in California—and they are especially popular in Los Angeles, where hip and trendy upscale vehicles are all the rage. In fact, more than 13% of vehicles sold and driven in California are either hybrid or all-electric vehicles and California is on track to have more than five million all-electric vehicles on its roads within the next 10 years. Sounds good for bigger cities, right? So, are you ready for an electric SUV in LA?
Thanks to the sprawling nature of the city of Los Angeles and the wide distance between popular destinations in the city, the average driver in Los Angeles drives 23 miles per day—and that number is much, much higher for L.A. drivers who commute. The average driver in Southern California drives approximately 17 miles per day, which means that drivers in Los Angeles are driving more than 20% more miles than other drivers throughout Southern California as a whole.
When it comes to buying an electric car—no matter where you are, but especially in Los Angeles—the range is an important factor to consider. In terms of all-electric vehicles that need to be charged rather than filled up with fuel, range refers to the approximate number of miles that a vehicle can drive before its battery dies and needs to be recharged.
Benefits to An Electric SUV in LA
For commuters and other drivers in Los Angeles who drive up to hundreds of miles per day, driving an electric vehicle that has a high range is extremely important. Driving an all-electric vehicle can be especially beneficial for drivers who drive a high number of miles on any given average day. All-electric vehicles don’t use fuel, so they can save drivers a significant amount of money in fuel costs over the years. They also release zero carbon emissions, which means they are much more environmentally-friendly than gas-powered or even hybrid vehicles.
With that being said, all-electric vehicles are unfortunately much less convenient to recharge than gas-powered cars are to fill up with fuel. While there are more than 150,000 gas stations throughout the United States, there are only approximately 25,000 public charging stations for electric cars throughout the nation. This means that it can be tough to find a place to charge your all-electric vehicle while you’re on the go—which makes many drivers skeptical of buying an all-electric vehicle that might run out of charge before they are done driving.
If you’re located in Los Angeles or its surrounding areas and are concerned about committing to an all-electric vehicle due to uncertainty about battery range, keep reading to learn more about the all-new Nissan Ariya SUV and its range.
Nissan Ariya SUV Blends High Performance with Impressive Range
The Nissan Ariya is the first fully-electric crossover SUV from Nissan. It is an all-new model that is expected to hit the auto market in late 2021 for the 2022 model year.
This all-electric crossover SUV runs on a single electric motor or a pair of electric motors—the front-wheel-drive models run on a single motor and the all-wheel-drive models run on two motors—and does not include a gas-powered engine at all.
The battery pack that powers the electric motors of the Nissan Ariya deliver 160 kW—equivalent to 215 horsepower—on the road for Ariya models that are equipped with front-wheel drive and 290 kW—equivalent to 388 horsepower—for all-wheel drive-equipped Ariyas. Plus, the Nissan Ariya delivers an impressive 221 to 443 lb.-ft. of torque on the road. This all-electric crossover SUV has responsive handling and accelerates quickly while providing a smooth and steady ride for both drivers and passengers.
In terms of range, the Nissan Ariya will be able to drive up to 300 miles on a single battery charge. This means that a driver in Los Angeles could drive more than halfway across the entire city of Los Angeles without their Ariya requiring a recharge.
The estimated 300-mile range of the upcoming Nissan Ariya is very impressive, especially considering that the average range of most modern all-electric vehicles hovers somewhere around 200 miles and very few have ranges above 300 miles.
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