Improved fuel economy, lower fuel costs, and reduced emissions
Electricity can be produced from a variety of energy sources, including oil, nuclear, solar energy, and store hydrogen. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are capable of drawing electricity from off-board electrical power sources (generally the electric grid) and storing it in batteries. Though not yet widely available, fuel cell vehicles use hydrogen to generate electricity on board the vehicle.
Fueling electric vehicles is cost effective compared to using gasoline and it's cost effective if drivers take advantage of off-peak residential rates offered by many utilities. Charging infrastructure is expanding, providing drivers with the convenience, range, and confidence to meet more the their transportation needs with electric vehicles.
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Electric Vehicles in Ohio
9,000+ electric vehicles throughout the state
425 charging stations and 980 charging outlets
According to CleanTechnica, if all vehicles sales are electric and 65 percent of cars on the roads in Ohio are electric by 2050, more than $3,500,000,000 in annual savings will be achieved
2050 Annual Savings in Ohio by Fuel Switching
Source: CleanTechnica.com, March 22, 2019
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) typically use less fuel than similar conventional vehicles because they employ electric-drive technologies to boost efficiency. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all-electric vehicles (EVs) are both capable of being powered solely by electricity, which is produced in the U.S. from natural gas, domestic coal, nuclear energy, and renewable resources.
Hybrid electric vehicles typically achieve better fuel economy and have lower fuel costs than similar conventional vehicles. For example, the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid has an EPA combined city-and-highway fuel economy estimate of 47 miles per gallon, while the estimate for the conventional 2018 Accord (four cylinder, automatic) is 33 miles per gallon.
Depending on how they're driven, today's light-duty electric vehicles can exceed 100 miles per gallon equivalent and can drive 100 miles consuming only 25-40 kWh.
Public charging stations are not as ubiquitous as gas stations, but charging equipment manufacturers, automakers, utilities, Clean Cities coalitions, municipalities, and government agencies are rapidly establishing a national network of charging stations. The number of publicly accessible charging stations reached about 18,000 in 2018, offering about 50,000 outlets.
Hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles can have significant emissions benefits over conventional vehicles. Electric vehicles produce zero tailpipe emissions.
The advanced batteries in plug-in electric vehicles are designed for extended life but will wear out eventually. Several manufacturers of plug-in vehicles are offering 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranties. Check with your dealer for model-specific information.
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