Is it practical to drive an electric vehicle?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the average American drives less than 30 miles per day, and 80% drive 50 miles or less per day. With many electric cars having a battery capacity of 100 miles or more, most drivers find that their daily commutes barely deplete their battery charge and require only Level 1 charging overnight. For example, if the driver of a Nissan Leaf – which has about a 100 mile range – drives 30 miles daily, the battery will only be depleted 30% each day. Since Level 1 charging will recover about 4.5 miles of range per hour, the Nissan Leaf will be back to full charge after 7 hours – essentially a full night’s sleep for the driver.

For those driving beyond their car’s battery capacity without a way to charge (like for a long road trip), electric vehicles may not be the most practical choice. For want of public charging stations, drivers may need to use gasoline or hybrid cars instead. However, public charging stations have greatly increased in number across the country. Additionally, as technology continues to improve, more electric cars will be released with greater battery capacities – thus providing farther travel distances on a single charge.

Where can I charge an electric vehicle?
You can charge an electric vehicle with a standard 120 Volt outlet in your garage, carport or driveway. You can also charge an electric vehicle in public places at Level 2 or DC charging stations. These stations are available in many places, including shopping centers, workplaces, retail establishments, parking garages, highway corridors, city parks, and many more are appearing across the country.

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?
Charging times are greatly variable and depend on many factors, including the charging method, vehicle battery size, maximum power rating, and amperage. Generally speaking, Level 1 charging through a 120 Volt AC outlet takes around 10-20 hours. Level 2 charging through a 240 Volt AC outlet takes around 3-8 hours. DC fast charging takes less than 30 minutes to achieve a full charge.

How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle?
Electric vehicles are efficient and cost-effective. Many public charging stations are free or charge a low rate. On average, the cost to fully charge an EV battery is around $2-$4, about one-third the cost of gas. And because EVs don’t run on gas, they don’t have many of the same components as regular cars and they require very little maintenance work. No oil changes, for example. In addition, a 30% federal tax credit may be awarded to those who purchase EVs and/or EV home charging stations

Why should I drive an electric vehicle?
Imagine never having to buy gas again. Electric vehicles (EVs) are efficient, dependable, convenient and save you time and money. They are less expensive to fuel, contribute much less to environmental pollution and vehicle emissions, and require less regular maintenance. For example, EVs slow down through the motor, recapturing the kinetic energy and significantly extending the brake life.

It's time to take the Electric Car Pledge!