Beverly Replaces Her Car with An Electric Vehicle
“I had one car, a twelve year old Prius, for our family. For a while, I’ve been wanting to purchase an electric vehicle (EV). When my oldest son needed a car for a job in Vermont, it was the perfect excuse for me to get an electric vehicle.
Green Energy Consumer’s Alliance was incredibly helpful in answering my questions and narrowing down which models would be best for me. They also pre-negotiate bulk prices at many dealerships in Massachusetts. Teslas were too pricey for me. I seriously considered buying a Chevy Bolt (several of my friends love theirs). There were a number of 3 year old Bolts coming off leases. But in the end, I sprang for a 2020 Nissan Leaf with a 230 mile range.
I am so pleased with my purchase! The $7,500 federal tax credit and $2,500 state incentive certainly didn’t hurt, but the big win for me is avoiding the hassle of maintenance and oil changes. With no internal combustion engine, there is very little to maintain, and I also get to avoid having to go to gas stations. I am just using the trickle 110 volt outlet in my garage for now since I drive so little. Because I buy 100% renewable electricity, my EV is a great choice for the climate.”
Transitioning your car to an electric vehicle (EV) will dramatically reduce your household’s greenhouse gas emissions, while saving you money on the fuel costs and maintenance that are customary with a gas-powered automobile.
Additional Resources for Electric Vehicles
Make driving fun again! Experience the acceleration, smooth ride, and state-of-the-art engineering of an EV, all while reducing your greenhouse gas emissions, fuel costs, and vehicle maintenance.
Benefits of electric vehicles
Electric vehicles reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce the costs and hassle of owning a vehicle (no more oil changes!).
Information on electric vehicles is sourced from the Green Energy Consumer’s Alliance Drive Green Program. MassCEC is a proud supporter of the Green Energy Consumer’s Alliance Drive Green Program.
How It Works
Electric vehicles use electricity to charge a battery which then discharges its energy to propel the vehicle. To power up your electric vehicle, you plug it into a charging station connected to the electric grid. You can charge your car at home, or utilize public charging options.
Electric Vehicles Can be Charged:
At home | At workplace charging stations | At public charging stations
Incentives and Financing
Cost after incentives may be substantially lower if your household qualifies for income-scaled State and Federal rebates.
Example up-front cost before incentives
Example cost after Massachusetts incentives and Federal Tax Credits:
Things to Consider
If you answer yes to ANY of these questions, then an electric vehicle is a good fit for you
Do you currently drive a gasoline-powered vehicle? Are you interested in saving money on fuel?
It is cheaper to drive a mile on electricity than it is to drive a mile on gasoline and electricity prices are much less volatile than gas prices.
Do you have an electrical outlet that will reach your garage or driveway?
Nearly every home supports Level I charging; all you need is a 110-volt household outlet. Homeowners can also install a Level II charger by adding a 240-volt outlet with the help of an electrician.
Are you looking to buy a car?
If you are thinking of buying a new gasoline-powered car, consider purchasing an electric vehicle instead. With today’s available incentives, electric vehicles are cost competitive to a gasoline-powered car and you will save money over time by reducing your fuel costs and service visits. Go to the Green Energy Consumers Alliance Electric Vehicle Discount Program.
Are you interested in buying one of the safest cars on the market?
Electric vehicles are often considered safer than their gas-powered counterparts because of the way the weight is distributed in them and the lack of an internal-combustion engine.
Are you tired of taking your gasoline-powered vehicle for service checks?
Electric vehicles require much less service than gasoline-powered cars. Electric motors do not require any regular maintenance, like oil changes. Due to regenerative braking, the brake pads of electric vehicles also last much longer than on its gasoline-powered counterpart.
Do you want to reduce the amount of pollution that your car releases into the environment?
Electric vehicles reduce the amount of particulate matter and harmful chemicals, like carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and ground-level ozone released into the environment, improving the air quality for you and your neighbors.