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GEORGIA'S Energy Outlook
By Alan C. Shedd
Is an electric vehicle for me?
Rivian, with manufacturing
operations in Normal, Ill.,
plans to roll out its R1T pickup
truck this year.
of dollars to bring more types of electric
vehicles to market. By 2022, there will
be 132 different EV models available,
including several pickup trucks.* Electric
vehicle development is not limited
to passenger vehicles. Electric buses,
trucks and tractors are here, with more
on the way.
Some EV advantages
lectric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more
popular, but is buying one the right choice
for you? Last month's article addressed
beneficial electrification and explained that EVs
produce a low environmental impact through fuel
efficiency. In this article, we'll take a look at some of
the details and the potential benefits of EVs.
We've grown up with gasoline-powered
vehicles. We are used to operating, refueling and
maintaining them. EVs are new to us, the technology
is advancing rapidly and more are on the road than
ever before. Many consumers are asking whether
they are a practical alternative.
EVs have actually been around since the 1870s.
In 1900, EVs outsold all other types of cars. But
the technology of internal combustion engines
advanced during the 20th century, and gasolinepowered vehicles dominated the automobile market,
leading to the decline of EVs. Thanks to recent
innovations, EVs are back with better performance,
range and options.
While EVs represent only about 2 percent of
new car sales nationally, sales of EVs in 2018 were
81 percent higher than in 2017. Once seen as only
practical on city streets, many of today's EVs are
capable of traveling 200 to 300 miles-or more-
between charges and will meet the driving needs of
both suburban and rural drivers.
Major auto manufacturers are investing billions
* EVs cost less to fuel. Using the average
cost of electricity, powering a vehicle
with electricity is roughly equivalent to
buying gasoline at $1 per gallon. If you
drive a lot, the savings add up.
* EVs are easy to refuel. Most EV drivers
plug in at home and don't have to go
elsewhere to charge their vehicles.
* You can start with a full charge each
day. More businesses are installing
charging stations, and the number of
public charging stations is increasing.
* EVs cost less to maintain. They have fewer moving parts and do not
require oil changes or tune-ups. Battery packs are typically covered by
eight-year warranties-longer than some people own their cars.
* EVs produce less pollution per mile than their fossil-fuel-burning
cousins. Their quiet operation is also a plus.
* EVs are fun and simple to drive: Press the power button and go. Modern
EVs offer the same quiet, comfortable, feature-rich experience as luxury
vehicles. Acceleration and handling are impressive, even to the most
Switching to electric
Shopping for a new car? Test-drive an EV and consider your options.
You may qualify for a federal tax credit if you buy a new EV. For some, leasing an EV makes sense. There are also some great deals on used EVs. Check
out myev.com and Carvana for used EVs.
With more EVs coming to market and advances in battery and vehicle
technology, the cost of new EVs is decreasing. EVs can save you money
over the life of the car.
See the vehicle cost calculator at the U.S. Department of Energy's
Alternative Fuels Data Center: bit.ly/afdcalc.
Alan C. Shedd, P.E., CEM, is the director of emerging technologies for
Tucker-based Oglethorpe Power Corp.
*Source: "Consumer Guide to Electric Vehicles,"
March 2019, page 3, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
The article in our April issue will focus on charging EVs.
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