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Ask an EV Owner Webinars

Posted by Devan DiLibero on Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 02:06 PM

Electric vehicles (EVs) are always a great topic of discussion! We know you have questions and we’ve done our best to get the answers for you. Recently we held two “Ask an EV Owner” webinars and they were a hit! Experienced EV owners acted as panelists to answer any and all EV-related questions. But don’t worry if you couldn’t be there, we recorded the sessions and they’re linked below.  Let’s take a look at some of the questions asked at these webinars.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

The Road to Net-Zero is Paved by Electric Buses

Posted by Paola Massoli on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 10:50 AM

Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Electric Vehicles

In a recent post, we refreshed the notion of why driving an electric car is a better choice for the environment, even in areas that rely on fossil fuels for most of their electricity generation: in one word, efficiency. An electric vehicle is 3-4 times better at converting energy to miles driven compared to a combustion engine. In New England, the average electric car emits 73% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than a gasoline car on a per-mile basis. The emission reductions are even greater in the Massachusetts communities – and soon Rhode Island communities – that have adopted the model of green municipal aggregation.

Furthermore, a recent European study has concluded that electric cars are a better option for climate in 95% of the world already on a lifecycle basis, which includes manufacturing and end-of-life processes. While battery production certainly has environmental impact, there is a growing number of applications to give batteries a second life, turning a conundrum into opportunity, further reducing waste.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Hey Congress – please fix the federal tax credit for electric cars

Posted by Larry Chretien on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 12:10 PM

By all accounts, the recession caused by COVID-19 is hammering the auto industry in the United States and worldwide. Many factories are closed and dealerships have laid off most of their employees. Not surprisingly, members of Congress from some states most affected – Michigan, Ohio, and Alabama – are working on ideas to stimulate demand for new cars. Details are scant but as reported in the Washington Post on May 6, it appears to be along the lines of a “Cash for Clunkers” program.

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Electric vehicles/Transportation

Smart EV Charging Habits

Posted by Mal Skowron on Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 02:00 PM

One of the most understated benefits of driving an electric vehicle (EV) is never stopping at a gas station again. In addition to saving money compared to gasoline, EV charging is the more convenient option for many drivers. Here’s why – and how you can get the best performance out of your battery.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Electric Pick-ups Beyond the Tesla Cybertruck

Posted by Tori Yanco on Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 09:16 AM

Electric cars have long been bogged down by the same stereotypes. People claim that they are less powerful than their gasoline counterparts, made just for urban life, and not in it for the “long-haul” journey. The call for innovation to reimagine what an EV can do or look like has been heard by an array of automakers, from established brands to up and coming change makers. Whether the world is ready or not, 2020 marks the dawn of the Electric Pickup Truck.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Across the US and Back in a Fully Electric Vehicle

Posted by Glen Ayers, Guest Blogger on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 01:50 PM

One of the top concerns we at Green Energy Consumers hear from people who are considering switching to an electric vehicle is: "how far can I go?" Well, two of our EV Ambassadors recently completed an 8,854-mile road-trip from Massachusetts all the way to California in an all-electric Kia Niro EV and kindly wrote up this blogpost for us. It's longer than our usual blogposts, but well worth the trip (pun intended!) for all who are interested in the nitty-gritty of taking a really, *really* long road-trip in an all-electric car. The following was all written by Glen Ayers, with a couple of editorial notes from Green Energy Consumers in italics.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Guest blog/Member spotlight

Medium-Duty Electric Vans and Shuttle Buses

Posted by Rhys Webb & Devan DiLibero on Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 09:15 AM

In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the transportation sector is arguably one of the most promising sectors in terms of switching to clean energy. Transportation accounts for 43% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in MA and 36% of emissions in RI. Electric vehicles are, therefore, one of the keys to reaching both states’ long term climate goals. Our Drive Green program helps to put electric passenger vehicles on the road, but we’d like to draw your attention to another part of the market: medium-duty vehicles. The medium-duty segment of the market has not kept pace with light-duty (passenger) electric vehicles. Beyond passenger cars, we frequently get asked about electric passenger vans and shuttles for institutions around New England, like schools, research institutions, hospitals, and private companies. Here’s what you should know about electrified medium-duty vehicle market in 2020.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Webinar Recap: Buying a Pre-Owned Electric Car

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 09:57 AM

Electric vehicles (EVs) are more affordable than ever thanks to advances in battery technology. The availability of pre-owned EVs also makes driving on electricity accessible to consumers with any budget. Green Energy Consumers hosted a webinar on March 25 to give advice on how to purchase a pre-owned electric car. You can watch the full webinar & read a summary here.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Making the Most of EV Batteries with Vehicle-To-Grid

Posted by Mal Skowron and Paola Massoli on Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Green Energy Consumers Alliance supports the idea that we need to electrify everything. By shifting sectors that have been historically powered by the combustion of fossil fuels, such as heating and transportation, to electricity, we can dramatically reduce emissions in the short-term while setting up a path to a net zero-carbon society in the long-term.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Electricity and the grid

Electric Car Tax Credits, Explained

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 08:45 AM

It’s tax season, and though you probably didn’t want to fill out another IRS form, Form 8936 (Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit) is worth the effort. The federal tax credit for electric vehicles (EVs) allows you to claim up to $7,500 on your returns for buying a new electric car. Here’s what you need to know about the federal tax credit and how to take advantage of it.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation