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, remind that EVs are the Cleaner driving option 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. With over 50 on the market, there are EVs priced to match a range of budgets and driving needs. They have plenty of room for passengers and cargo. But that’s where the similarities end. Driving an EV is exciting – offering instantaneous torque and smooth, quiet acceleration. EVs are highly-efficient with benefits like regenerative braking, numerous smart features and greater connectivity. 

EVs Offer the Best Efficiency Possible 

Motor Authority explains that "EVs are able to achieve something gasoline-powered cars can't: peak torque at zero rpm. It's thrown around often, and many will comment on how quick an electric car feels around town thanks to maximum torque delivered instantly."

The U.S. Department Energy calcuates that EVs convert over 77 percent of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels. Internal combustion engine vehicles only convert about 12 to 30 percent of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels. 


Autotrader describes another important benefit of owning an EV:  "Beyond the fuel-saving benefit, EVs offer another major cost savings on maintenance. Since an EV is fully electric, it doesn’t require oil to lubricate an engine. That means oil changes become a thing of the past. The same is true for a lot of other expensive engine work that could afflict a gas-powered car. Brakes won’t wear as quickly, either, so you won’t need to replace pads as often as you do on a normal car."

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 EV Showroom and then head to your local dealership.

Rent or Car-Share

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. 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.