4 findings that mean an electric car may be right for you

August 15, 2017
Car plugging in

Is now the time to buy an electric car? A recent MIT study found that nearly 90% of personal vehicles on the road in the US could be replaced by a low-cost electric vehicle available today, even if there’s no possibility to recharge during the day.  

A 2013 survey by Consumers Union and The Union of Concerned Scientists found that:

  1. 42% of U.S. households meet the basic requirements for using a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). PHEVs, like the Chevy Volt, run on both gasoline and electricity.
  2. 25% of U.S. households meet the basic requirements for using a battery-electric vehicle (BEV). BEVs, like the Nissan LEAF, run entirely on electricity, with no tailpipe emissions.
  3. 69% of U.S. households have weekday driving habits within the range of nearly all BEVs on the market today.
  4. 65% of Americans think electric vehicles are an essential part of our nation's transportation future for reducing oil use and global warming pollution.

If these stats reflect your driving situation, an EV should be your next car!

So, why plug in?

Electric cars and trucks use electricity as fuel, producing fewer emissions than their conventional counterparts. When the electricity comes from renewable sources, all-electric vehicles produce zero emissions to drive. Electric vehicles cost less to drive and emit less global warming pollution. And you’ll never get tired of driving on clean fuel for the equivalent of a dollar-a-gallon gas

Are you what you drive?

Make your next car count. You can make a difference by driving vehicles that pollute less.  If you’re not ready to make a big purchase, we recommend a letter to the editor. Become an advocate for clean air by explaining the role EV's have in preserving Vermont's beauty. Start with a template for a letter to your local newspaper, or, if you own an electric car or know someone else who does, host a driveway party.