What are you waiting for? All-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are fast and fun to drive and cheaper to own.
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How far can you go on $5? If it's an EV battery, a lot farther.
fast and fun
These aren't golf carts. These are high performance vehicles with lots of torque and plenty of get-up-and-go. While electric vehicles rely on heavy batteries, they’re positioned in the car to improve handling and maintain interior space. Plus, electric vehicle engines are quieter and produce less vibration for a smoother ride.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles offer the zip of all-electric vehicles for smaller ranges, plus the convenience of a back-up gasoline-powered engine to take you on longer distances.
Go electric and get top performance with easy maintenance. Traditional internal combustion engines have dozens of moving parts, with maintenance costs that add up over time. EVs don't have internal combustion engines, which means you can forget about paying for oil changes, timing belts, transmission fluid, and spark plugs. In an EV, your most frequent maintenance expense will be windshield wipers and tires.
Electric vehicles use regenerative braking, which means your battery is recharged when you apply pressure on your brakes. Lifting your foot off the gas pedal also helps slow the car naturally, so you may not have to apply the brakes as often – leading to brakes that typically last longer than gas-powered cars.
Advances in battery technology from the first EVs have been significant. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that batteries in new EVs are designed to last for the expected lifetime of the vehicle. Manufacturers offer up to 100,000-mile battery warranties – and if you need a replacement, your car dealer will help recycle your old battery.
All-electric vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions, which means they produce far fewer greenhouse gases and other harmful air emissions than traditional gas-powered cars. Transportation is responsible for just over 30 percent of Oregon’s energy consumption and over 35 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions. Changes to how we fuel our vehicles has huge potential to reduce emissions and fuel costs.
With Oregon’s mix of energy resources, including increasing renewables, a light-duty EV will have associated GHG emissions of just 25 to 33 percent of a similar model's gas-powered vehicle. If you get your electricity from a consumer-owned utility (like a PUD, Co-op, or municipality), which is powered by a large percentage of hydroelectricity, those carbon emission reductions are even more dramatic: 43 times fewer CO2 emissions than a comparable car powered by gasoline. And when you consider emissions over the entire life cycle of the fuel, a light duty EV will be between 68-98 percent lower than a traditional gas-powered car.
If you are served by one of the state’s large electric utilities, you can also make a big difference by signing up for your utility's green power program – you could charge your car at home on 100 percent renewable energy!
Electric vehicles can help Oregon increase our transportation fuel independence. Currently, Oregon is heavily dependent on other states and countries to meet our transportation energy needs. In 2016, just 2 percent of transportation fuel consumed in Oregon was produced in the state – mostly ethanol and biodiesel. Oregon does not produce, refine, or process petroleum fuels, so most of the money associated with purchasing those fuels is exported out of the state.
Oregon’s utilities own or contract most of their electricity generation, so the money spent to fuel an EV is more likely to boost the local economy in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. In addition, Oregonians can install rooftop solar or lease or own community solar panels – which means EV drivers can produce some or all of the energy needs for their vehicles.
there's something for everyone
EVs are the present and the future. From luxury to economy, hatchbacks to SUVs, there’s a plug-in electric vehicle for everyone. Dozens of options are available to Oregon consumers today, and auto makers anticipate introducing even more models in the coming years. General Motors, Volkswagen, Volvo, and more have embraced EV technology. In fact, General Motors announced its intention to have an all-electric future – with 18 new EV models by 2023.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles offer a chance to benefit from electric technology while maintaining the ability to drive longer distances without charging.
With new models coming online every year, there are also more options than ever for leasing or buying pre-owned EVs or Hybrids. Leases for some EVs can be as low as $150-200 per month!
Federal, state, and local incentives could even save you thousands when leasing or purchasing an EV in Oregon.
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