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 then you have the maintenance savings on top of that.
Electric vehicles do not produce emissions while driving on electricity, and they are cleaner even when considering the emissions associated with the electricity needed to charge. In cases where electricity is generated with renewable or nuclear resources, electric vehicles are truly emissions and pollution free.
Electric vehicles are fun to drive! They have instant torque and offer a very smooth ride. All-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 over $1 billion 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 the demand for electric vehicles increases, more opportunities will be created for research and development, manufacturing, electrical contracting and green tourism. In North Carolina, there has been an increase in battery and charging equipment manufacturing, lithium mining and battery recycling.
Electric vehicles can help encourage sustainability through renewable energy, grid reliability and power outage response. They support greater integration of renewable generation, help manage peak loads, optimize energy effciency, and enable future potential for vehicle-to-grid energy storage and power supply.
*This tool provides an estimate of fuel savings only. Actual savings may vary, and you will also likely save on maintenance.