EV 101: Driving Electric

April 01, 2021
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What is an electric vehicle (EV)?

Powered by a rechargeable battery instead of a gas-powered engine, EVs accelerate faster, deliver a 
quiet ride, and eliminate the need to visit a gas station. 

What is a plug-in hybrid car?

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a gasoline-powered hybrid with a large battery and means to recharge it using an external source (plug-in). A PHEV is similar to an EV, running on its battery. When the battery runs low, the engine turns on and the PHEV functions as a gasoline hybrid vehicle.

Why choose an EV?

No More Gas Stations: You’ll never have to stop for gas again. EVs can be charged at home with a standard 120V outlet or, for faster more efficient charging, a 240V level 2 charger can be installed.

Performance Benefits: Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation, stronger acceleration, and require less maintenance than gasoline-powered internal combustion engines. 

Environmental Benefits: Electric cars are oil-free, produce 85% less carbon emissions, and can be powered by renewable energy sources like hydropower, solar, and wind. 

A Cheaper Drive: EV operation can be 3-5 times cheaper than gasoline or diesel, depending on fuel and electric rates.

Want to learn more?

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