In “Why Go Electric?” we’ll review how you can save time and money when you Skip the Pump, show that electric drive offers the best technology available in EV Performance, explain how EVs are better for the Environment and share facts about EV Safety.


EVs Offer a New Driving Experience

Plug-in cars are like other cars in many ways. They meet the same safety standards. There are battery electric and plug-in hybrid models to meet the diverse needs of drivers. They have plenty of room for passengers and cargo. But that’s where the similarities end. Driving a plug-in car is exciting – offering instantaneous torque and quiet acceleration. EVs are highly efficient with benefits like regenerative braking, and many have smart features, such as connectivity. Even more, automakers and their partners are working to provide advanced benefits to drivers, such as Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) capabilities. And, with fewer moving parts, plug-in cars require less maintenance – such as never needing an oil change!

EVs Win Driver Approval and Critical Acclaim

Consumer Reports recently declared that “the era of the electrified car has arrived” and both drivers and critics seem to agree. Car and Driver included an EV in their 2016 10 Best Cars of the Year list, while Motor Trend’s Car of the Year in 2011 and 2013 were electric drive vehicles. The 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year included the plug-in version of that model. Wards Auto sang the praises of EVs and included electric drivetrains in the release of 2016 Top 10 Engines List. Meanwhile, J.D. Power has included numerous electric drive variants in their consumer satisfaction lists, such as the 2015 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, and the top three models on Consumer Reports’ latest list of cars with “The Most Satisfying Commute” are EVs!

This is just a partial list of the numerous critical awards and high consumer approval ratings for plug-in electric vehicles since they hit the mass market in late 2010, not to mention the success of the now mainstream hybrid electric vehicle, introduced a decade ago. The 3.98 million electric drive vehicles sold over the past 10 years demonstrate a significant and growing consumer preference for alternatives to oil. Automakers are expanding their commitment to electrification; nearly every major manufacturer now has a plug-in vehicle in the market and more models on the way.

EVs Offer the Best Efficiency Possible 

Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy compiles a list of the Top 10 Fuel Sippers on the market with vehicles ranked by their EPA combined city/highway rating. For 2016 Model Years, all cars on list are electric drive vehicles.  All-Electric vehicle (EV) fuel economy is given in Miles Per Gallon equivalent (MPGe), where 33.7 kWh = 1 gallon of gasoline. Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV) are ranked by their combined gas/electricity rating.

See For Yourself – Get Behind the Wheel

There’s no better way to get to know a car than getting behind the wheel. Here are some ideas on how you can experience electric drive performance first-hand. 

Visit a Dealership for Test Drive

Take a look at our virtual EV Showroom. If you see a car that you want to try out, dealerships are always a great place to take a new car out for a spin.

Reserve an EV

Don’t own a car? Reserve a Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) the next time you rent or use a car-sharing service. No special training necessary! Just get in and go. Rental companies including Hertz and car-sharing services like ZipCar and Car2Go are adding more EVs to their fleets every day. If you live in Indianapolis, there is even an all-electric vehicle car sharing program!  Check out where there is an EV available near you.

Find a Ride & Drive

Consumer and EV advocate groups such as Plug-In America often hold events that offer the public a chance to test drive EVs and auto shows regularly hold Ride & Drives. Check back soon as we begin to build a calendar of these opportunities.