It’s a big change to switch from fueling at the pump to an outlet, but drivers across the country are seeing the benefits of making the swap.
Driving electric can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars on fuel alone. And with fewer moving parts, electric vehicles should produce maintenance savings on top of that.
Electric vehicles produce no emissions while driving on electricity, and they are cleaner even when considering the emissions associated with the electricity needed to charge.
Electric vehicles are fun to drive! They have instant torque and offer a very smooth ride. Battery electric models have no gasoline engine to cause vibrations and noise.
Electric vehicles are powered by locally generated electricity, not imported oil. Conventional transportation is wholly dependent on petroleum and results in the U.S. spending hundreds of millions of dollars per day on foreign oil. Electricity generation in the U.S. uses a diverse mix of domestic sources, and only 1 percent comes from oil.
As demand for electric vehicles increases, more opportunities will be created for research and development, manufacturing, electrical contracting and green tourism. In North Carolina and surrounding areas, there has been an increase in vehicle, battery and charging equipment manufacturing, lithium mining and battery recycling.
Electric vehicles can strengthen sustainability and the electric power grid by aiding the integration of renewable energy, helping to manage peak demand, optimizing energy effciency and offering potential for vehicle-grid applications.
*This tool provides an estimate of fuel savings only. Actual savings may vary, and you will also likely save on maintenance.