Frequently Asked Questions

Why are EVs good for the United States? 

EVs promote U.S. energy independence because the fuel (electricity) is produced locally so there is no dependence on foreign oil. Gas and diesel fueled vehicles require the U.S. to invest heavily in foreign nations that mine, refine, and process oil. 

What are some cool perks about driving an EV that I might not know about? 

Many public EV chargers are located in prime parking spots in the lot. You get to take advantage of a great parking space while you charge your car! 

EVs have great acceleration and are very fun to drive. 

EV communities are a fantastic way to connect with other local EV enthusiasts! Check out some EV clubs near you

Are EVs good for the environment? 

Zero tailpipe emissions and no pollution mean a cleaner driving experience for occasions when walking, biking, and transit are not an option.

EVs also produce little to no noise, reducing noise pollution on our roads. 

How long does it take to charge? 

  • 110 Outlet (regular electrical outlet in your home): 4-6 miles of range per hour of charging
  • Level 2 chargers (dryer outlet, or many public chargers): 20-40 miles of range per hour of charging 
  • Fast-charging stations: deliver 150 to 500+ miles of range per hour.
Charging is affordable, too! EVs measure fuel efficiency through kilowatt-hours (kWh) per 100 miles. Kilowatt-hours are measures of electrical energy, and EV users generally pay less per mile than the drivers of gas-powered vehicles. The most common mix of charging results in paying the equivalent of 80-85 cents/gallon.
Click here for more information about charging.

Do EVs have all-wheel drive? 

Many EVs come with all-wheel drive. Check the vehicle list for more information about models that have AWD.

For a more comprehensive list of EVs that have all-wheel drive check here

What are the maintenance savings between an electric car and a gas-powered car?
According to this recent Consumer Reports article, EV owners are spending half of what gas-powered vehicle owners spend on maintenance. The U.S. Department of Energy also concluded that EVs have much lower maintenance costs than gas-powered cars, compared by specific maintenance task and cost per mile overall. 
Are EVs safe? 
Yes! EVs have a lower center of gravity than gas-powered cars, meaning they’re less likely to roll over in the event of a crash. Check out these EV crash test ratings to see for yourself. In addition, reduced or zero emissions also mean that EVs facilitate cleaner, safer, and healthier air for us to breathe, and contribute less to transportation-related air pollution. The Environmental Defense and the Ontario Public Health Association found that this improvement in air quality from just one electric vehicle would yield $10,000 in social benefits.
Any other questions? Check out our EV Myths page for more information and to help you determine what’s true and what’s false! 

Interactive Tools and Calculators

Use these interactive tools to help you understand more about EVs!

Home Charging Advisor: Find chargers and incentives for charging your electric car at home (by zipcode)

eGallon: Compare the costs of driving with electricity 

Carbon Counter: Evaluate your car model against greenhouse gas targets 

List of Acronyms

If you are new to the electric vehicle scene, the acronyms can be hard to handle!  Here is your guide.

Types of Vehicles

AEV: All-Electric Vehicle

AFV: Alternative Fuel Vehicle 

BEV: Battery Electric Vehicle 

EREV: Extended Range Electric Vehicle 

EV: Electric Vehicle 

FCV / FCEV: Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle 

HEV: Hybrid Electric Vehicle 

HFCV: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

ICE: Internal Combustion Engine 

PHEV: Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle 

ZEV: Zero Emission Vehicle 


AC/DC: Alternating Current/Direct Current 

DCFC: Direct Current Fast Charge 

KW: Kilowatt 

KWh: Kilowatt Hour

MPGe: Miles per gallon equivalent 

MW: Megawatt 

MWh: Megawatt Hour

TOU: Time of Use (Rate) 

Other Equipment/ Components

AER: All-Electric Range 

CAFE: Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards 

EVSE: Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment 

OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer 

For an even more comprehensive list, see here.