Electric Vehicles

Battery-powered electric passenger cars and small transport trucks are making a return to the world stage as concerns about oil supply, oil price, and climate change have shifted market interest to low-carbon transportation.

Electric vehicles are a rapidly expanding market, and will play an important role in reducing emissions and fostering energy independence in the near future. To deploy EVs in the region, we need to invest in charging infrastructure.

If you are looking into EV charging, CLEER can assist with technical advice. And check the Contractor Locator at left to get contact information for local contractors qualified to install electric vehicle charging stations.

Electric vehicles can travel long distances

Public-access electric vehicle charging stations are being installed in communities across the country. By 2013, the U.S. had nearly 20,000 EV charging stations, compared to about 500 in 2010.

Use this link to reach the U.S. Department of Energy's EV charging station locator.

The nationwide network of public-access electric vehicle charging stations is growing rapidly

AFDC maintains a chart tracking the growth in alternative fuel fueling and charging stations across the country. EV charging stations are shown in blue. Use this link or click on the chart to visit the website and learn more.

AFDC chart on alternative fueling stations in the U.S.

Electricity is the lowest-cost fuel for vehicles

In the chart below, the U.S. Department of Energy compares retail fuel prices for vehicle fuels, translating all costs to a "gallon of gasoline equivalent," or GGE. For electric vehicles, this measure is referred to as an "e-gallon." The cost of e-gallons is the reddish-orange line at the bottom of the chart. Gasoline and diesel are the blue lines, compressed natural gas (CNG) is the green line. Use this link or click on the chart to visit the website and learn more.

U>S> DOE vehicle fuel cost comparison

Learn more about the e-gallon here.