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Car Shopping & EV Basics

 

“Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions”

By Consumer Reports
Posted on March 29, 2017

This guide is a basic primer that can help you determine whether going electric is the right move.

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“The Car Book’s Snapshot Guide to Electric Vehicles”

Ebook from Consumer Federation of America
Posted on Apr 12, 2017

A great read about EVs in general and cars on the market today. (Note: the 2017 Chevy Bolt is not included)

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“Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Consumers”

Ebook from the U.S. Department of Energy
Posted on Sep 29, 2016

A consice guide to buying and owning a plug-in vehicle.

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Electric vehicles are going to change a lot more things in the world than just the car you drive

Liebreich and McCrone:
Electric Vehicles- It’s not just about the car

Bloomberg New Energy Finance on Aug 22, 2016

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“EVs Will Save The World (With Help From Energy Efficiency & Renewables)”

Article from Clean Technia
Posted on Nov 28, 2016

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“The electric cars available today, how much they cost, and how far they go — in one chart”

Article from Vox
Posted on Sep 23, 2016

(Note: chart does not accurately show improved range of Nissan Leaf in 2016/2017)

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EV Shopper's Checklist

It’s up to you to read up on the cars and their maintenance, visit the dealers, ask them a lot of questions, and test drive.

Download our “EV Shopper's Checklist” to help you through the research process.

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EV Shopper's Guide

Check out our “EV Shopper's guide” 2-page summary.

  • What to look for when shopping for an EV
  • Charging recommendations
  • The emissions and cost savings
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More useful links

About EVs:

Green Car Reports: hybrid and EV news and reviews

Car & Driver: editors choice for best EVs and hybrids

About Car Shopping:

Consumer Reports

Edmunds

Kelley Blue Book

ACEEE’s Greener Cars

Range & Charging

 

The Battery & Range

EV battery size is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). The more kWh capacity your car’s battery has, the farther you can go between charges.This determines your car’s range.

 

The Onboard Charger

Your car will have an onboard charger. Its capacity, measured in kilowatts (kW), affects your charging speed. The more kW, the faster the charge!

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Emissions & Climate Change

A vehicle running only on electricity has zero tail-pipe emissions. Even if you account for the emissions associated with producing the electricity to charge them, electric vehicles charged with electricity in New England produce far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

On top of that, our electric grid is getting greener with each passing year, thanks to laws like the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, which requires electricity suppliers to increase their renewable energy content each year. This means the environmental benefits of EV will increase each year.

EV emissions bar graph
 

Energy and climate experts point out that transportation emissions are now greater than emissions from electricity.

Here are two blogs from two different authors on why it makes sense to move quickly to electric vehicles and high-efficiency, cold-climate heat pumps:

 

“It’s Not Just Clean Air: Electric Cars Can Save the US Billions”

Article from Wired
Posted on Oct 27, 2016

"If, by 2050, all new car sales and about 65 percent of all cars on the road are electric, like the 2016 Nissan LEAF pictured here, health- and climate-related costs in the US could drop by $21 billion."

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“An App to Help Save Emissions (and Maybe Money) When Buying a Car”

Article from New York Times
Posted on Sep 27, 2016

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Pricing & Costs

Many EVs qualify for federal tax credits of up to $7,500 and state rebates of up to $2,500.

State rebates (MOR-EV) are dependent upon the car you buy. Massachusetts residents can receive the rebate even if purchasing a car in another state. Non-residents are not eligible. You must apply for your rebate at the MOR-EV website.

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It is cheaper to drive one mile in an EV than one mile powered by gas

given New England’s electricity rates and current gas prices.

Calculate fuel savings and compare vehicles side by side at the Dept of Energy fuel economy page.

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