Plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) cost less to operate than gasoline-fueled vehicles. They produce fewer emissions than standard vehicles and reduce our reliance on foreign oil supplies. As the world learns the many benefits of PEVs, interest will continue to grow.
- Electric vehicles have simpler on-board mechanical systems that break down less often. There are fewer routine maintenance needs, including oil changes.
- Travel range per charge depends on the make of your vehicle, the battery size and how it's driven. Extended-range electric vehicles, like the Chevy Volt, can travel up to 375 miles with a full charge and a full tank of gas.
- As with traditional vehicles, extreme temperatures can affect mileage and performance of your PEV. Extensive use of the climate control setting and other electronics can decrease a PEV's all-electric range.
The current battery technology used in PEVs can be sensitive to extreme hot and cold conditions. However, PEVs are designed with features to minimize weather effects. PEV batteries are temperature-controlled by either advanced air or liquid cooling systems. The systems keep them operating at optimal temperatures during the average commute. Most PEVs allow owners to begin cooling or heating the battery pack and passenger cabin before using the vehicle. This maximizes its electric range. Rather than heating the whole vehicle, heated seats in many PEVs offer a more efficient way to keep passengers comfortable in cold weather.
Most major electric vehicle automakers offer battery warranties of about 8 years or 100,000 miles.
Learn about electric vehicle benefits and tax credits from the U.S. Department of Energy.