Electric vehicles 101

Electric vehicles 101

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Hybrid/EV Buying Guide

Buying Guide from Consumer Reports
Last updated January 2018

A concise guide to buying and owning a plug-in vehicle.

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The Car Book's Snapshot Guide to Electric Vehicles

Buying Guide from the Consumer Federation of America
Posted on May 14, 2018

A snapshot guide to the next generation of vehicle power and how they rate.

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Best Electric Cars

Buying Guide from Edmunds.com

Browse electric cars and see Edmund's top picks.

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Range & Charging

The Battery & Range

The Battery & Range

EV battery size is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). The more kWh capacity your car’s battery has, the farther you can go between charges. This kWh capacity, along with your car's efficiency, determines your car’s range.

The Onboard Charger

The Onboard Charger

Your car will have an onboard charger. Its capacity, measured in kilowatts (kW), affects your charging speed. The more kW, the faster the charge!

Emissions & Climate Change

A vehicle running only on electricity has zero tail-pipe emissions. Even if you account for the emissions associated with producing the electricity to charge them, electric vehicles charged with electricity in New England produce far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

On top of that, our electric grid is getting greener with each passing year, thanks to laws like the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard in Massachusetts and the Renewable Energy Standard in Rhode Island, which require electricity suppliers to increase their renewable energy content each year. This means the environmental benefits of EV will increase each year.

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