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Myths, busted: Electric Vehicles

Can EVs get you where you need to go? Will your electric bill skyrocket? Aren’t they more expensive? And are they really ‘clean?’

Find out!

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15,000 zero emission vehicles (ZEV) have been sold in Maryland since 2011.

But the State of Maryland’s goal is to have 300,000 ZEVs on the road by 2025.

Why the push for these vehicles and why should people drive electric?

There are four main reasons:

While there are many benefits to driving an electric vehicle (EV), many people are still unfamiliar with their capabilities and true impact on both the environment and individual’s bank accounts.

Here are four common myths and the facts behind each issue:

Myth: EVs can only support short trips, not daily commutes.

Fact: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 78% of all commuters drive less than 30 miles per day, and most EVs have a range well over 100 miles per charge, with several reaching more than 300 miles per charge! The EV’s can be recharged between trips to assure plenty of miles to get where the driver needs to go.

Myth: EVs will make your energy bill go way up.

Fact: Charging an EV will add more energy use to a home that doesn’t have an EV.  But the cost of electricity is much lower than the cost of gasoline per mile travelled, ultimately saving drivers on fuel costs. Savings can increase if drivers take advantage of off-peak charging rates or BGE’s EV rate.

Myth: EVs are far more expensive than the average car.

Fact: Federal tax incentives of up to $7,500 are currently available, as well as potential state and local incentives. Also, overall service and maintenance costs for EVs are much lower than that of comparable gas or diesel cars. Studies show the total cost of ownership for an EV can be lower than that of other vehicles.

Myth: EVs aren’t “clean.” Instead of burning gas, they run on electricity produced at dirty power plants.

Fact: Even when construction costs and emissions from power plants are taken into consideration, EVs contribute significantly less greenhouse gases to the environment than traditional gas-fueled cars.