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 In this issue:
- Better
- Dispelling EV Myths
- Electric Cars and the Grid
- Get Your EV Kicks on Route 66
- How Can I Get Involved?

Better

I have just returned from the EV Roadmap Conference in Portland, now in its 9th year. There was one word that I heard there, over and over, from a variety of speakers and I have been thinking about it quite a bit since then. The word is better. 

The real secret of electric vehicles, the one that we try so hard to convey to the public, is that they are simply better—across the board better—for a long list of reasons. This truth has been masked by the limitations of existing battery technology and hang-ups about range. But, battery limitations aside, the electric motor is a fundamentally better technology for moving cars than the internal combustion engine... READ MORE

Dispelling EV Myths

Here at Plug In America, we encounter all kinds of myths and misinformation every day. For the next few months, we’ll share some common misperceptions EVs and the facts and we encourage you to help dispel myths by sharing these in your community.

MYTH: EVs replace the tailpipe with a smokestack.

FACT: Even today, with 33% of U.S. electricity generated by coal-fired power plants, plug-in cars reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and most other pollutants compared with conventional gas or hybrid vehicles. This is because EVs are more efficient than gasoline-powered vehicles. This efficiency makes EVs far cleaner with fewer carbon emissions. Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) also reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions, even if the source of electricity is mostly coal. Remember that plug-ins can run on renewable electricity from sources such as the sun or wind. Regardless of source, electricity from a power plant is more efficiently and domestically produced than the process of extracting, processing, and shipping oil across the globe to finally end up at your local gas pump. Want to learn more? Check out this recent study from the Union of Concerned Scientists' electric vehicle life cycle analysis.

Electric Cars and the Grid

One of the things that we hear as owners of electric vehicles (EVs) is that we’re just causing more coal and gas to be burned. Is this a fair complaint today and does it have to be in the future? What if there are 100 million EVs driving around the US? Can we charge them all using renewable power?.. READ MORE

Get Your EV Kicks on Route 66

Last week the White House announced major actions the federal government will be taking to promote EVs. Highlights include a $4.5 billion program in loans for building more EV charging stations, launching a FAST Act program to identify the right current highways and roads that could be transformed into charging corridors, and a new battery consortium that is tasked with bringing down the cost of batteries to below $100/kWh – making EVs more affordable for everyone. These actions stress the importance of having strong leadership on EVs. 

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