About Electric Vehicles
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 (EVs) 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.
From our Experience Electric series: in this April 2021 video, Naty Olen checks out Ford's Mustang Mach-e and VW's ID.4.
Range limitation is becoming less of a concern
Many EVs can now go 250 miles or more on a fully charged battery. That's less than the 400-500 miles conventional passenger vehicles can go on a tank of gas, but it's more than enough range for typical daily driving.
Furthermore, in some ways it's easier to recharge an EV. True, charging is slower than filling up a tank. But on the other hand, you can "fill up" your EV while it's parked at home or while at work, shopping or eating at a restaurant. EV owners get into the habit of topping up their battery frequently, rather than waiting until it's empty.
Longer trips, especially in remoter places, can still be challenging in an EV. But this is getting easier with each passing year, as a network of fast-charging stations is being steadily built out along Interstates and other main routes.
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.
EVs are cheaper to drive and own
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 when gas prices are at their lowest, EVs are cheaper to run. Given recent prices, an e-gallon costs less than half as much as a gallon of gas. (Try out the U.S. Department of Energy's e-gallon state-by-state calculator to get current price comparisons.)
Moreover, EVs cost much less to maintain because they have so many fewer moving parts - there's no need to change the oil, transmission fluid, spark plugs, fuel filters or drive belts, and other expensive systems like the transmission are greatly simplified. Although an EV might cost more than a comparable gas car, the total cost of ownership over the life of the vehicle tends to be less. (Meanwhile, EVs are projected to achieve "price parity" with gas vehicles by around 2025.)
Thinking about buying an EV?
For those considering buying an electric vehicle, 2021 is an exciting year. That's because the range of models available is suddenly getting a lot better, with a number of all-electric SUVs, crossovers and trucks expected to make their debut. Read more...
Experience Electric: free, unbiased advice on EVs
If you're seriously thinking about buying an EV, watch our recorded Experience Electric Road Show webinar. Although the dealer discounts discussed are no longer in effect, you'll learn about charging, sales trends, environmental implications, new technology, cost of ownership, driving in snow and more. Plus, hear from an avid Tesla driver about the myths and realities of EV ownership.
Questions 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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