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ELECTRIC

Electricity can be used to power all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. These vehicles can draw electricity directly from the grid and other off-board electrical power sources and store it in batteries. Hybrid electric vehicles use electricity to boost fuel efficiency. Using electricity to power vehicles can have significant energy security and emissions benefits.

Learn more on the US Department of Energy Website

Electric, Hybrid, & Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles Interest Groups

CalCars
Electric Drive Transportation Association
EV World
Hybrid Truck Users Forum
Plug In America
Plug-In Hybrid Electric School Bus
Plug-In Partners National Campaign

BENEFITS:

  • sing hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles instead of conventional vehicles can help reduce U.S. reliance on imported petroleum and increase energy security.
  • Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) typically use less fuel than similar conventional vehicles because they employ electric-drive technologies to boost efficiency.
  • HEVs typically achieve better fuel economy and have lower fuel costs than similar conventional vehicles.
  • PHEVs and EVs can reduce fuel costs dramatically because of the low cost of electricity relative to conventional fuel.
  • The fuel economy of medium- and heavy-duty PHEVs and EVs is highly dependent on the load carried and the duty cycle. In the right applications
  • they can maintain a strong fuel-cost advantage over their conventional counterparts as well.
  • PHEVs and EVs have the benefit of flexible fueling: They can charge overnight at a residence (or a fleet facility) or at a workplace or at public charging stations.
  • Hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles can have significant emissions benefits over conventional vehicles.
  • Several manufacturers of plug-in vehicles are offering 8-year/one hundred thousand mile battery warranties.
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