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How to choose an electric car on a student’s budget

Ever since the beginning of college, it was always somehow implied that the student will travel. Usually from home, where they lived with their parents, to the campus where they were to live in a dorm, with their colleagues. So, the idea of getting from point A to point B was always a topic of discussion when talked about by college students. Nowadays, when pollution has become such an important matter for humanity and people are more conscious about their carbon footprint, a new factor came to the equation of “home, college, and student”. Getting an electric car is one of the best ways you can reduce your pollution level as a student. Now the real question is: how do I choose my EV (electric vehicle) on a student’s budget?

Information is key. Before making any choice, you should do your homework. Taking your time to read articles or to watch YouTube videos on the subject is essential. First of all, you discover your options. Second of all, while reading, you can find out if getting an electric vehicle is even a good choice for yourself. Besides a million articles online, there are some amazing car reviewers online, where you get to see how those cars look.

Next, you should know what kind of electric car you want. There are three options: fully electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell cars. The most relevant are the first two, mostly because the hydrogen technology is not yet very popular and car manufacturers don’t produce so many models like this. So, if you want to choose a fully electric model you should keep in mind a few things. The distance you can drive one of these cars is not that far. Running only on batteries, you should always pay attention to the energy levels. A fully electric car has zero emissions and it’s as eco-friendly as it gets. Plug-in hybrids are a little more convenient. They run on both fuel and electricity, so the distance you can drive one of those is longer. Hybrids get points even in the price category. Running on smaller batteries than a fully electric car makes them cheaper. Being a student on a budget, this is very important to know. Financially, EVs are an interesting case. They cost more than a normal car, but after the purchase, your costs are minimal. Volkswagen says that their electric cars should be checked in for a service for a simple inspection only once every two years. Another important aspect is that petrol prices are getting higher and higher, and being independent of that is a very good investment.

Your duty as a student is to make sure you take care of this planet. You are informed and you’re living a modern life. Think about the environment every time you make a big decision about your lifestyle. Getting a car as a student is one of those decisions. Small, everyday choices also matter. Buy a water filter at home, so you don’t have to buy so many plastic bottles. Don’t throw away your essays after you’re finished with them. You can give them to someone else and so you get to reuse a piece of paper. If you need an essay, don’t print every article on a piece of paper and throw them afterwards. If you’re in a rush, just go on British Edubirdie and get some online help. Being conscious about your paper waste and about your time helps you and also the planet. Try turning the lights off when you leave for class.

Having a responsible way of life will help you, the planet, and most likely will help you raise money for your future electric car! If you’re ready to make a choice, be sure you’ve checked out all the electric models from all the manufacturers.


You have a lot of options. From the fully electric Nissan Leaf priced around 30k to the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid that will cost you 26k, the choice is yours. Usually, governments will cut you some taxes when you buy an EV.

Now you know how to choose your next electric vehicle. So just be responsible with your lifestyle outside your car and the change will be much more powerful. Getting to the point where your lifestyle is nature-friendly is a point in life where we can get. It just takes a lot of work and responsibility for the future of this planet.


Emma Rundle is a modern-day environmentalist. Writing and travelling around the globe for a good story is Emma’s biggest pleasure. Being a digital nomad, she will keep writing about the environment and about our planet.