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A plug-in car uses clean, affordable, domestic electricity for some or all of its energy. An all-electric vehicle (EV) stores all its energy in batteries. Plug-in hybrids (PHEV) store some energy in batteries, and have a gas engine to extend range. Conventional hybrids have batteries, but all their energy comes from gasoline. They cannot plug in to cleaner, cheaper, domestic power!
Electric cars are very reliable. No oil changes, no tune ups. EVs have 10 times fewer moving parts than a gasoline powered car. There's no engine, transmission, spark plugs, valves, fuel tank, tailpipe, distributor, starter, clutch, muffler or catalytic converter.
The best way to reduce carbon emissions is to utilize the ever cleaner, greener, more renewable grid to power transportation. Only grid-rechargeable cars can attain the end goal of zero-emissions and ensure fuel price stability. Read more about the Case for Grid Electricity in Cars.
It's very difficult to find an electric car today. Carmakers should offer us the choice of electric cars and plug-in hybrids. The automakers produced great electric cars to meet California's Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate during the '90s. But only a small number of these electric cars were ever offered for sale. The auto and oil industries spent millions lobbying in Sacramento. The automakers sued in federal court to eviscerated the Zero Emission Mandate, eliminating any real choice for consumers. GM, Honda, Nissan, Ford and Toyota confiscated and destroyed thousands of electric cars, despite offers of cash from satisfied customers.
In 2005 as a result of the DontCrush.com campaign to save electric cars, Ford and Toyota agreed to stop crushing their great electric cars. Those EVs are still on the road, using no gasoline and driving emission-free. Ever since the DontCrush.com campaign, Plug In America has been working for the electric choices we want.
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