Electricity can be used to power all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. These vehicles can draw electricity straight from the grid and other sources of electrical power and store it in batteries.
An electric vehicle itself does not produce tailpipe emissions; however, there may be emissions associated with the production of electricity. Fueling plug-in vehicles with electricity can be more cost effective than gasoline. The US Dept of Energy has a new online tool to compare the price of driving with electricity versus gasoline. Go to energy.gov/egallon.
- Alternative Fuels Data Center – US Dept of Energy’s EV Charging Station Locator
- Plug Share – EV charging station locator
- Alternative Fuels Data Center: Electricity – Dept of Energy information about benefits and properties of electricity as a transportation fuel
- Drive Clean California – California Air Resources Board page with information on plug-in electric vehicles
- California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative
- Plug-in and Get Ready – Center for Sustainable Energy information about electric vehicles
- SDG&E EV – Information on how to charge your EV in your home or at your workplace
- FuelEconomy.gov – U.S. Dept of Energy website with information on hybrid vehicles