Plug-In Electric Vehicles


Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV) refers to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles:

  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles are vehicles that run on gas and electric (or battery).
  • Electric vehicles run purely on electric from a battery.

Plug-in Electric Vehicles Offer Three Great Benefits

  1. Low Maintenance:  Because Battery Electric Vehicles do not have a transmission or combustion engine – eliminating oil changes, fuel filters, emissions testing and other costly maintenance, there is a cost savings.  A simplified drive train and braking system also means greater reliability and fewer potential repairs, too.

  2. Low Environmental Impact: About one-third of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation – and 60 percent of that is from personal vehicle use.  Plug-in electric vehicles have less emissions than a gasoline engine.  Studies have shown that a mass shift from gas-powered cars to plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles would result in lower pollution, including lower emissions of greenhouse gases, even if the utility grid gets 80 percent of its power from coal plants.

  3. Good Fuel Economy:  Electric Vehicles are less costly to run because they use electricity for all or part of their power.  

PEVs are becoming easier to find. Many car manufacturers now offer PEVs and many more are working on developing PHEVs.