About Electric Vehicles

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Direct Benefits and Availability

Electrifying transportation offers numerous benefits for customers and communities: Improved sustainability, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased energy efficiency, energy security and lower vehicle operating costs.


There are many benefits of owning a plug-in electric vehicle:

  • Environmental – Fully electric vehicles produce no tailpipe emissions. Hybrid electric vehicles have no emissions when running in electric mode. EV batteries don’t use lead or acid, therefore avoiding the harmful environmental impact of disposing of these toxic materials. EVs also reduce noise pollution as they run much quieter than gasoline-powered cars. The rechargeable battery means you can charge up with clean renewable energy source.
  • Cost & Convenience – Plug-in electric vehicles are up to 70% cheaper per mile to operate and can be charged at home, overnight. EV drivers also frequently enjoy access to preferred parking, HOV lane, toll discounts and more.

  • Charging – According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an e-gallon (the cost of fueling a vehicle with electricity compared to a similar vehicle that runs on gasoline) costs on average about half as much to drive an electric vehicle..
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  • Maintenance - 
- Fully electric vehicles require less frequent maintenance than conventional combustion engine vehicles, as they are engineered with fewer moving parts. The battery, motor and related electronics require little maintenance and there is no oil to change. Plus, brake wear is significantly reduced due to regenerative braking.

- Plug-in hybrid vehicles require similar maintenance to conventional vehicles, though with reduced frequency based on the proportion of driving that is all-electric versus conventional, resulting in lower costs and more time between service appointments.

Learn more about the maintenance comparisons with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternate Data and Fuel Center.  

Comparisons

   

Battery electric vehicles run solely on electricity. They store power in batteries that are re-charged by plugging in. These vehicles have no tailpipe and emit zero greenhouse gases when driven. They often have longer electric driving ranges than plug-in hybrids.
   

Has an electric motor and internal combustion engine that automatically takes over when the electric charge runs out. Optimum for drivers who travel long distances frequently and are concerned about the range of a plug-in electric vehicle meeting their needs.

Myth vs. Fact

Myth Fact
1) EVs don't have enough range. You'll be stranded when you run out of electricity. 1) Americans drive an average of 40 miles per day, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Battery electric vehicles (BEV) have a range of at least double that with newer models offering more than 200 miles per charge. Vehicles can be charged at any ordinary electrical outlet (120V) or publicly accessible station with a faster charger. Alternatively, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) goes at least 300 miles on a combination of electricity and gasoline.
2) There aren't enough charging stations. 2) Most charging can be done at home or even the workplace, so concern about availability of public charging is specific to actual needs, such as distance driving or inability to charge otherwise. Public stations can be easily located with mobile apps and New York State projections indicate there will be 10,000 public charging stations in place by 2021. 
3) EVs take too long to charge. 3) The most convenient place and time to charge is at home while you sleep. Even using the slowest 120-volt outlet, the car can be left to charge overnight, producing about 40 miles of range. Most new BEVs and PHEVs will charge from 240-volt outlets providing double or triple the charge in the same amount of time. Charging stations that reduce charging time even more are beginning to appear. 
4) Plug-ins are too expensive for market penetration. 4) There are various tax credits and incentives for buying electric vehicles. The purchase and lifetime operating costs of an EV is on par with or less than gas-powered equivalents. 
5) Batteries on EVs have to be replaced.  5) According to Union of Concerned Scientists, like the engines in conventional vehicles, the advanced batteries in EVs are designed for a long life but will wear out eventually. Currently, most manufacturers are offering 8-year/100,000-mile warranties for their batteries.
6) There are not many electric vehicle models currently on the market. 6) There are many types of all-electric and hybrid options on the market. For a list of current and future full electric cars with pricing, click here.