Frequently Asked Questions

Are EVs better for the environment?

EVs run more effi­cient­ly, have no tailpipe emis­sions, and pro­duce few­er emis­sions overall.

EVs run much more effi­cient­ly than gas cars. In fact a report by the Inter­na­tion­al Coun­cil on Clean Trans­porta­tion (ICCT) found that 'emis­sions over the life­time of aver­age medi­um-size BEVs reg­is­tered today are already low­er than com­pa­ra­ble gaso­line cars by … 60% — 68% in the Unit­ed States' (ICCT Report, 2021).

Addi­tion­al­ly, all ful­ly elec­tron­ic vehi­cles have zero tailpipe emis­sions, so you are not active­ly pol­lut­ing when you dri­ve com­pared to a gaso­line pow­ered car.

Every­day the grid is get­ting clean­er and more effi­cient. As tech­nol­o­gy con­tin­ues to advance and alter­na­tive forms of ener­gy increase in usage, the grid will pro­duce less and less emis­sions. Elec­tric vehi­cles will over­all pro­duce sig­nif­i­cant­ly few­er emis­sions than gas cars.

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

Are EVs less expensive to drive?

Charg­ing your EV costs sig­nif­i­cant­ly less than fuel­ing gas cars. In fact it costs approx­i­mate­ly $1 / gal­lon to charge your car com­pared to $5 / gal­lon for gas cars.

There is also a lot less upkeep and main­te­nance costs for EVs. Total cost own­er­ship of EVs has proven to be low­er than gas cars with $6,000 in over­all sav­ings. 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.

There are also var­i­ous tax cred­its, incen­tives, and rebates avail­able to make EVs afford­able. On our web­site we out­line more infor­ma­tion on avail­able tax cred­its and util­i­ty incentives.

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!

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.

How long does it take to change?
  • 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.

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.

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 does kWh mean?

kWh stands for kilo­watt-hour. This is a unit of ener­gy and can describe the capa­bil­i­ty of the car, sim­i­lar to miles per gal­lon for a gaso­line car. The kWh will dif­fer depend­ing on your elec­tric vehi­cle. How­ev­er, most EV sedans will get 3 to 4 / kWh.

This arti­cle by Forbes goes into greater detail about what kWh is and why it is impor­tant to under­stand­ing how pric­ing for charg­ing is determined.

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.



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