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Electric Vehicle Guide




Welcome to our EV Guide, here we hope to provide you with convenient links and information to help with your research of electric vehicles.  This page will be updated often so check back from time to time.  If you have any specific question feel free to reach out to us here, you can also find us on facebook and twitter 


Special Update: National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) will be going on from September 12th to the 20th.  This is a great opportunity to see EVs up close and talk to the actual owners and maybe even drive one.  Go to their website to find one of the free EVents in your area. 

Why an electric vehicle?

Other than being eco-friendly they are amazing to drive.  Electric Vehicles (EVs) have instant torque off the line which is what gets a car going. They have non of the characteristics of gasoline cars such as noise, vibration or jerkiness from a transmission - they don't have transmission.  In fact, many drivers say that they feel less fatigued driving an EV because of the absence of noise and vibration.     

Tens of thousands of EVs are registered across the country. Today’s battery technology enables fullfunction EVs ranges of 80-300 miles per charge traveling at highway speeds. An EV fits perfectly into multi-car households; the EV for everyday travel, and a hybrid or conventional car for extended trips. Studies have shown that 80% of commuters travel less than 40 miles per day. How about you? Could 100 mile range and convenient refueling at home meet your daily driving needs? There is a market for EVs – both for performance and efficiency! EVs are high performance vehicles and priced competitively when measured against comparable gas-powered vehicle lifetime costs. Fuel and maintenance expenses for EVs are significantly lower. An electric drive motor provides as many as 1,000,000 miles of service. The initial purchase price for EVs will continue to drop as production volume increases – Henry Ford knew that long ago! In the meantime, EV owners enjoy the financial benefits of significantly lower fuel and maintenance expenses.

EVs are more affordable to get into than ever.  There are some great deals to be found.


EV Fun Facts:

  • The first production electric car was built in 1884
  • in 1900 there were more EVs on the road than gasoline cars
  • In the early 1900s EVs were primarily marketed to women as being cleaner and no starter crank
  • The fastest 0-60 mph production 4 door car is an EV - the Tesla Model S P90D can do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds
  • EVs today come in all shapes and sizes and are sold as cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles and even boats
  • Historic EVs are becoming more prevalent, here is a free downloadable excerpt from the EAA's Current EVents magazine, the restoration of a 1917 Detroit Electric Model 68 


Useful Electric Vehicle Resources:

 Listed below are excellent online resources for the latest news and helpful research related to electric vehicles


Green Car Reports



Wikipedia - History of the electric car 




Current Electric Vehicles for Sale:

The EVs listed below are available for purchase or lease.  Check with your local dealer or Tesla center on latest offers and availability.  


 BMW i3

Up to 81 miles electric range

Gasoline range extender option

MSRP from $42,400


 Chevrolet Volt

38 miles electric range

Gasoline range extender standard

MSRP from $34,395


Fiat 500e

87 miles electric range

(California only)

MSRP from $31,800

Ford Focus Electric

76 miles electric range

MSRP from $29,170

Mitsubishi i-MiEV

62 miles electric range

MSRP from $22,995



Mercedes Benz B-Class ED

Up to 87 miles electric range

MSRP from $41,450


Nissan LEAF

84 miles electric range

2016 model will offer more range

MSRP from $29,010

Smart ED

68 miles electric range

Convertible option

MSRP from $25,000



Up to 253 miles electric range

AWD available

MSRP from $69,900



Electric Vehicle Charging Stations or EVSE: 

These are just some of the popular charging stations available for purchase on the market



Residential and Commercial


Clipper Creek

Residential and Commercial




Residential and Commercial



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Additional EV Facts:


  • EVs offer the best and cheapest alternative to petroleum-based transportation. Driving an EV helps improve the quality of life for all Americans. They are fun to drive. 

  • EVs are fast. EVs have instant torque from 0 RPM which really gets them off the line.  In fact, the fasted production 4 door 0-60mph you can buy is an EV - the Tesla Model S P90D which goes 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds


  • EVs are clean.  The California Air Resources Board reports that EVs are 90% cleaner than the newest and cleanest conventional gas powered car vehicles – not including the environmental impact of oil refining. EVs are a proven “clean and green” choice.


  • EVs are practical. Studies show that 80% of daily commuting is less than 40 miles. Internal combustion vehicles generate the greatest amount of pollution during the first 20 minutes of operation. EVs require no warm-up period and are the perfect transportation option.


  • Where do you charge your EV?  EVs are primarily charged at home overnight, using surplus (low-cost) electricity. Popular websites to find public charging locations include: and; with apps for smartphones - many manufacturers now include charger locating software within the GPS.  Public charging stations are becoming more frequent as well as businesses providing stations to customers.  Lastly all modern EVs use the J1772 plug standard meaning that you can expect your EV to work with the latest Level 2 public chargers


  • The cost of getting into an EV is very reasonable.  Many states and the federal government recognize this low-volume pricing issue and offer incentives to reduce the initial cost of buying or leasing an EV, manufacturers are also offering incentives meaning you can get into an EV for far less than its gas equivalent.


  • EVs are very inexpensive to operate. Production EVs cost between 2-3 cents/mile to operate; and are nearly maintenance free (no smog checks, oil changes, or tune-ups).  Sunshine is even less expensive if you charge via your solar panels.


  • Are the batteries bad for our environment?  More than 97% of all battery lead is recycled For lithium-ion batteries, it’s estimated that packs will still have 80% capacity when retired from automotive use. The packs can be reused for stationary storage of power produced during off-peak periods by wind turbines and solar generation stations before eventually being recycled. 
  • It is a community.  Once you are an EV owner you are automatically part of the EV community.  A group of fellow EV owners that love to talk about their cars, promote adoption of EVs and help new owners.  There are countless of stories online where an EV owners posted to one of the many social media pages asking for the location of the nearest charger.  Within minutes, sometimes seconds, someone would respond telling them where to find one or even offering use of their residential charger at their home. How many people do you know who own gas cars would offer you a free gallon of gas.


About the Electric Auto Association:

Founded in 1967 the EAA is a non-profit educational organization that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles; organizes public exhibits and events of electric vehicles to educate the public on the progress and benefits of electric vehicle technology.  Please help support us today - by making a donation or becoming a member you help us to continue to support EV adoption, EV infrastructure roll-out and education.  

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