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.

Lower greenhouse gas emissions

Create significantly less greenhouse gas emissions than driving a gasoline-powered vehicle

Cost competitive

Spend less up front on an electric vehicle by taking advantage of incentives and save money over time on both maintenance and fuel

No hassle

Reduce time spent on maintenance and eliminate oil changes. Electric vehicles require much less service than gas-powered cars

Improve air quality

Reduce the amount of harmful pollutants, like carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and ground level ozone released into the environment

The Technology

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


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Beverly replaces her car with an electric vehicle

“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.”

Incentives and Financing

Massachusetts Offers Rebates
for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV):

State rebate program offers up to $3,500 rebate for a new electric vehicle with sale price of $55,000 or less

Federal Tax Credits

Up to $7,500 on new vehicles and up to $4,000 on used vehicles. Vehicle’s MSRP and location where it was manufactured affect tax credit amounts.

Example Cost

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:


Municipal Light Plant
If you live in a town served by a Municipal Light Plant (MLP) check your MLP’s website for incentives and rebates.

Things to Consider

If you answer yes to ANY of these questions, then an electric vehicle is a good fit for you

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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