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Mazda mx-30 vs BMW i3

Mazda MX-30 vs. BMW i3

Electric vehicles (EV) experienced a steady rise in popularity over the last decade for several reasons. First, EVs developed more power, transforming them from simple, economical green cars into fun vehicles to drive. Next, manufacturers added style inside and out, making them more appealing to a broader segment of drivers. Finally, with the addition of style came the inevitable comfort and the latest in-vehicle tech, putting the EV on par or ahead of traditional gas-powered cars. 

Mazda’s newest EV, the MX-30 EV, brings exceptional style, impressive performance, and the premium comfort and convenience features drivers crave. We had our EV experts break down the MX-30 EV and compare it to what many hail as the first luxury EV, the BMW i3. Let’s see how they stack up.

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How Much Money Can an Electric Vehicle Save?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in popularity. A growing number of automakers offer electric or hybrid vehicle options in their lineups. As more EVs take to the road, the availability of charging stations is also expanding across the country. One big question for anyone considering purchasing their first EV is how much money they can save compared to a gas-powered car. Our auto experts here at Capistrano Mazda have gathered some useful information to provide you with an answer.

How Does an EV’s Purchase Price Compare to a Gas-Powered Car?

Electric vehicle white Mazda MX-30
Mazda MX-30 by Denniselzinga is licensed with CC BY 2.0

A good starting point to determine whether it’s cheaper to own an EV or a gas-powered car is to compare their purchase prices. Kelly Blue Book, the industry standard for vehicle valuations, estimates that the average electric car costs $10,000 more than a gas-powered competitor. Another study by Consumer Reports found that electric cars can cost anywhere from 10% to 40% more than a gas-powered equivalent.

These figures add up to a lot of money. However, the good news is that you can make immediate savings on your EV purchase thanks to rebates and other incentives. The most well-known incentive is the federal EV tax credit, which gives you up to $7,500 in savings when you purchase an electric car. All automakers who have yet to sell more than 200,000 EVs are eligible for the full discount. You’ll be eligible for a reduced discount if you buy an EV from a manufacturer with electric car sales above 200,000.

Some states offer their own incentive programs on top of the federal tax credit. Here in California, you can benefit from the Clean Fuel Reward Program, which offers rebates of between $1,000 and $7,000 when you purchase or lease an EV.

As you can see, the cost difference between an EV and a gas-powered vehicle isn’t nearly as much when you consider these savings.

Another option to purchase an all-electric or hybrid vehicle at a more affordable price is to shop for a pre-owned car. The rapid growth in EV sales over recent years means there’s a growing selection of hybrid and electric cars on the market. Most manufacturers provide a lengthy warranty for an EV’s battery pack, so if you find an EV that’s only a year or two old, you can still benefit from several years of warranty protection.

What About Charging Costs?

The cost of charging an EV will depend considerably on where you charge it. To understand the cost differences, you should first familiarize yourself with the three types of EV charging.

Level 1 Charging

Level 1 charging is when you charge your vehicle using a standard power outlet in your home, which is the cheapest of the three options. While it’s possible to charge your vehicle this way, it’s not a realistic option for most drivers. It can take up to 40 hours to charge a battery using a level 1 charger.

Level 2 Charging

You can install a level 2 charger in your own home for approximately $1,200. These chargers are much quicker at replenishing an EV’s battery, allowing you to charge your car in eight to 10 hours.

Level 3 Charging

A level 3 charger is usually only found at public charging sites. They have the capacity to recharge EV batteries in an hour or less. However, operators of charging sites usually charge a fee to connect your EV, making it an expensive option to use a level 3 charger all the time.

The most realistic option in terms of cost and convenience for most people will be to install a level 2 charger at home. One factor you’ll have to bear in mind if you choose this option is that electricity prices vary during the day. The lowest energy costs are typically at night, while prices can spike in the late afternoon and early evening.

Are EVs Cheaper To Maintain Than Traditional Cars?

EVs don’t have as many moving parts as gas-powered vehicles. The primary reason is that the batteries used to power EVs are built using fewer components than an internal combustion engine. This fact removes the need for regular oil changes and the need to replace worn-out engine parts from time to time. Brake pads also tend to wear out more slowly in an EV due to the role played by the electric motor in braking.

According to the analytics firm We Predict, on average, EVs’ maintenance costs are a third lower than gas-powered vehicles after three years of driving. Even hybrid vehicles, like the Mazda MX-30, save on maintenance costs. That’s because the gas engine is required less often than in a standard gas-powered car, which helps the engine in a hybrid vehicle last longer.

How Much Money Can You Save With an EV Over Time?

It’s impossible to figure out how much you can save by purchasing an electric vehicle since there are many variable factors to consider. For example, gas prices can change dramatically, while electricity costs can rise and fall. Moreover, purchase prices for new vehicles are changing, and technological developments are helping electric car producers offer their vehicles at increasingly affordable prices.

However, the general view is that purchasing an EV will save you money over the long term. One study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratories, an agency within the federal Department of Energy, found that EV owners save on average $14,500 compared to gas vehicle drivers over 15 years. This figure equates to almost $1,000 per year.

If you have further questions about purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicle, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Here at Capistrano Mazda, we’re committed to helping you find the right crossover or sedan to meet your needs. We can provide advice on how to maintain a hybrid vehicle, tips on cost-saving measures, and support in securing competitive auto financing to complete your purchase. Contact us today by phone or online, or drop by our Orange County dealership to talk to one of us in person.

Side view of the 2022 Mazda MX-30

2022 Mazda MX-30 Color Options

All the Exterior Color Options for the 2022 Mazda MX-30

The 2022 Mazda MX-30 sets a benchmark in the EV crossover segment. It is the brand’s first electric car that is designed to meet the needs of the modern driver in San Juan Capistrano, CA. With an easy-to-charge system and well-crafted cabin, the crossover is expected to make a big splash in the segment. In today’s post by Capistrano Mazda, we’re listing all the exterior color options for the 2022 Mazda MX-30. If you’re interested in driving home this crossover, then contact our sales team representative or visit the dealership in person. You can check out the model available on the lot and take it for a test drive.

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People standing next to the Mazda MX-30 while it is getting charged.

Check Out this Video Tutorial to Learn How to Charge your Mazda EV

How to Charge Your Mazda EV?

Charging your Mazda EV is an easy task. All you need is the knowledge of how to go about it. If you own a Mazda electric vehicle and are unaware of the charging process, then we at Capistrano Mazda in San Juan Capistrano, CA, have got you covered. Today, we’re sharing an informative and useful video uploaded by the folks at Mazda to help you understand the entire process. Get to know about the different levels of chargers and their differences. Also, the video will help you identify connectors with ease.

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2022 MX-30 driving on water-side road

Is the 2022 Mazda MX-30 FWD or AWD?

Which Drivetrain Does the 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV Have?

The release of the 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV is just around the corner. This is the first full-on production model electric vehicle that Mazda has made and we here at Capistrano Mazda in San Juan Capistrano, CA, couldn’t be more excited! California will be the first state to receive the 2022 MX-30 EV and we are thoroughly looking forward to showing off how great the MX-30 is. For some buyers, though, no matter how good a vehicle is, certain factors will exclude them from getting it. One of the most common of those factors is drivetrain.

Is the 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV FWD or AWD? Let’s take a look.

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MX-30 EV aerial view

What is the range extender in the 2022 Mazda MX-30?

2022 Mazda MX-30 Range Extender: What Is It & What Does It Do?

Here at Capistrano Mazda in San Juan Capistrano, CA, we’re really excited! The all-new 2022 Mazda MX-30 is almost here! That’s why we’d like to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve gotten surrounding the new EV.

What is the range extender in the 2022 Mazda MX-30? What does it do? Let us show you.

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Two 2022 MX-30 models parked together

How much does the 2022 MX-30 cost?

2022 Mazda MX-30 EV MSRPs Revealed: Here Are the Starting Costs Sorted by Trim

Here at Capistrano Mazda in San Juan Capistrano, CA, we’re getting ready for the arrival of the much-anticipated 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV. The first EV from Mazda, the MX-30 is a groundbreaking combination of Mazda design philosophy and modern electric vehicle technology. And the result, we must say, is superb. But how much will all this innovation sell for?

How much does the 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV cost? That depends on the trim you buy. Let’s take a look.

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2022 MX-30 driving on water-side road

What kind of charger does the 2022 MX-30 use?

2022 Mazda MX-30 Charging Details: What We Know So Far

Capistrano Mazda in San Juan Capistrano, CA, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the all-new 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV. It will be the first commercially available EV from Mazda and we couldn’t be more excited. But when it comes to EVs, there’s always a few questions on everyone’s mind. Where will I be able to charge it? What type of charge does it use? How much will it cost?

Here is the type of charger the 2022 MX-30 will use when it comes out later this year, as well as how you can stay on top of where to charge and charging costs.

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2022 MX-30 side profile

Is the 2022 Mazda MX-30 made with sustainable materials?

2022 Mazda MX-30: Does It Have Eco-Friendly Materials?

Here at Capo Mazda in San Juan Capistrano, CA, we’re very excited about the new MX-30. With EVs becoming more and more popular, we’re ecstatic to get our hands on the new 2022 MX-30. But being eco-friendly is about more than just zero-emissions.

For instance, is the 2022 Mazda MX-30 made with sustainable materials?

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2022 MX-30 side profile

Do electric vehicles need oil?

Do Electric Vehicles Need Oil or Not?

With the 2022 Mazda MX-30 arriving in Fall 2021, we here at Capistrano Mazda in San Juan Capistrano, CA, would like to discuss a topic that many people might not think about when buying an EV: maintenance. For instance, do you know whether an EV needs oil changes?

Let’s take a look at whether electric vehicles need oil or not, as well as a few other things.

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