Looking to buy or rent the perfect automobile for your annual summer getaway? You might want to consider going electric. From reducing carbon emissions to improving air quality and limiting noise pollution, electric cars can’t be beat!
A greener alternative
According to EPA estimates, transportation accounts for 28 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, 80 percent of which is attributable to automobiles and trucks. How much are you contributing? While electric cars produce slightly higher manufacturing emissions than traditional vehicles, after you consider vehicle manufacturing, fuel combustion and fuel production, the carbon footprint of an electric vehicle is nearly half that of its gas-powered cousin - 300g CO2e/km for the average gas vehicle versus 180g CO2e/km for electric. This protects not only the environment, but your wallet as well!
Amping it up
The number of charging stations available for electric cars across the U.S. is increasing in response to the surge in popularity of electric cars. More than 9,500 electric stations and over 24,000 charging outlets are available across the country, searchable by zip code. Since 2010, more than 18,000 stations have been added since 2010, including free, pay-as-you-go, and monthly subscription style services. Many states are also rolling out tax incentives to increase accessibility to charging stations at home and during travel.
Electric versus gas power
Powering electric cars is cheaper than fueling cars that operate on gasoline. Solar and time-of-use (off-peak) electricity pricing further decreases the costs of operating electric vehicles, and available government grants and tax incentives can greatly reduce sticker shock. Add to that the fact that electric vehicle prices are continuing to fall while gasoline prices continue to rise, and you’ve got a recipe for some serious savings…
- The poorer the fuel economy of the car you are switching from, the greater the savings of switching to an electric car.
- 2012 estimates for the U.S. indicate driving the fully electric Nissan Leaf at 29 kWh/100 miles versus a gasoline powered Toyota Camry at 28 mpg will yield you a whopping $1,001 savings for every 10,00 miles driven.
- Compare that same Leaf to a Toyota Prius Hybrid (gasoline and electric) vehicle with an estimated 50 mpg, and you’ll save roughly $410 for every 10,000 miles.
- Looking for something a little fancier? Opting for a Tesla Model S at 35 kWh/100 miles versus a Mercedes S550 at 19mpg will save you $1,566 for every 10,000 miles. Multiply that by 150,000 miles... How’s that for performance?
Ready to get back to nature with the help of electric cars? Mr. Electric can help. Contact us today to learn more about adding vehicle charging equipment to your home, including indoor or outdoor charging equipment, dedicated circuits, safety equipment and more.