Electric Vehicles - Drive for the Future
Why drive electric?
Reasons to drive electric vehicles (EVs) are numerous and growing. EVs are clean, quiet, and low maintenance. According to Plug-in America, "EVs have 10 times fewer moving parts than a gasoline powered car. There's no engine, transmission, spark plugs, valves, fuel tank, tailpipe, distributor, starter, clutch, muffler or catalytic converter." EVs can also reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil.
One can't ignore the most obvious reason for EVs - a green alternate to gasoline fueled cars. EVs do not create localized air pollution and can greatly improve air quality in cities. Additionally, electricity can be produced by solar panels, wind turbines, and other clean, renewable energy sources, further reducing the pollution that automobiles create.
Furthermore, EVs are becomming more affordable. With the help of more informed consumers and increased demand, more automobile manufacturers have jumped on the band wagon to release their electric version, making prices more competitive. As gas prices rise, the affordability of EVs also increases. Plus, National and state programs like California's CVRP are offering incentives and rebates for alternative fuel vehicles. See the diagram below for EVs available in 2013.