Battery-powered electric cars and trucks are making a return to the world stage as concerns about health, sustainability and climate change have shifted market interest to low-carbon transportation.
Electric vehicles are a rapidly expanding market, and will play an important role in reducing emissions and fostering energy independence.
Moreover, electric vehicles are fun to drive, don't generate polluting tailpipe emissions, and are less costly to maintain.
Electric vehicles can travel long distances
Public-access electric vehicle charging stations are being installed in communities across the country. As of 2019, the U.S. had 21,600 public EV charging stations, compared 500 in 2010. In Colorado, there are 714 public stations with 1,932 charging plugs.
Electricity is the lowest-cost fuel for vehicles
The U.S. Department of Energy has analyzed the energy content of gasoline and electricity and the efficiency of gas-powered engines and electric-powered motors to compare the costs of driving.
Using the energy in a gallon of gasoline as the baseline, and the fact that electric motors are 3.4 times more efficient than internal combustion engines, DOE developed the "e-gallon" to measure the cost of driving electric vehicles.
Even at a time of historically low gas prices, EVs are cheaper to run. In Colorado, gasoline costs $1.74 per gallon (May 2020) compared to $1.04 for an e-gallon.
Electric Vehicle Types
EV = Electric Vehicle: a vehicle powered all or in part by electricity
BEV = Battery Electric Vehicle: a vehicle powered only by electricity
HEV = Hybrid Electric Vehicle: powered by gasoline plus electricity, but with no port for supplemental electricity
PHEV = Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle: an HEV with an electric plug for recharging that reduces gasoline use
EREV = Extended Range Electric Vehicle: A PHEV with an on-board generator for longer trips
NEV = Neighborhood Electric Vehicle: an EV with top speed of 25 mph, meant for in-town use
The case for EVs
Why buy an electric vehicle? Watch this cool two-minute video and you’ll be sold! (Thanks to Joel Dyar of Western Colorado Alliance for the vid.)
By the way, Garfield County dealerships are are now officially open again, and the screaming deals in our Electric Vehicle Sales EVent are still in effect.
Learn about EV charging
If you're considering buying an electric vehicle, probably the first thing you'll want to know is how and where to charge the vehicle. Learn all about it at our Electric Vehicle Charging 101 page.
Advice about EVs
CLEER's transportation program coordinator, Stefan Johnson, can explain EV purchase and EV charging options for personal use, business use and for fleets.
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