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Here are some frequently asked questions about our program. Have a question not answered here? Email us at hello@greenenergyconsumers.org.

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What is Drive Green?

Drive Green is an electric vehicle discount program being offered by nonprofit Green Energy Consumers Alliance and participating dealerships. Discounts on select electric vehicle models are offered through our website. View the cars & deals.

Who qualifies for Drive Green?

Anyone is welcome to take advantage of Drive Green discounts. 

How do I participate?

You must sign up here and then work with the dealers you selected to make your purchase or lease. Once you sign up, the dealers will call you and it is up to you to follow up, ask questions, test drive, and secure the final price with the dealer when you buy or lease.

Note: The discounts offered will change on a monthly basis.

Are there electric car tax credits or rebates that I can take advantage of?

Yes. Federal and state incentives can cut your costs by up to $10,000 on top of the impressive discounts offered through Drive Green. Learn about these incentives and how to take advantage of them here.

What are the ranges of the vehicles offered?

Our program offers discounts on several different EVs. The cars and their ranges are outlined here.

Why is buying an EV better for the environment?

Learn all about EVs and the environment on our Environment page.

How do I charge my car with wind power?

Green up your home and car’s electricity with Green Energy Consumers Alliance here or while signing up for Drive Green. Then, you can rest easy knowing that the electricity you’re charging your car and powering your home with comes from local renewable energy. Learn more.

How do I charge it?

Learn all about charging here.

How do these vehicles handle in the snow?

Very well due to a low center of gravity and excellent traction control. Learn more here.

What happens to mileage during the winter?

Mileage (miles per kWh) does go down during very cold weather when you run the heater and very warm weather when you run the AC. But the ranges listed for each make and model are pretty accurate on a year-round basis. You can learn more about driving an electric vehicle in winter from this blogpost.

How will charging an electric vehicle affect my electricity bill?

It depends upon how much you drive. In general, your electricity will go up by less than your gasoline bill will go down. Learn more about consumer savings here.

What servicing do these vehicles need?

Each model will have a different maintenance schedule. Generally, they will occasionally need a tire rotation and battery inspection, brake fluid flush, and in cabin air filter replacement. Overall, you can expect to cut your maintenance bill for your vehicle substantially!

Is it more expensive to insure an electric vehicle?

No, but you can check with your insurance agent to get further assurance.

What if I run out of power on the road?

This is highly unlikely because the cars come with an accurate range estimator. It will estimate how many more miles you have on the charge. The cars might also come with 3 years of free 24/7 roadside assistance. If necessary, you could get a tow to the nearest charging station.

What are the emissions impacts of EVs when compared to conventional cars?

Learn all about emissions on our Environment page.

What is the difference between a BEV, a PHEV, and an HEV?

There are three main types of vehicle commonly called "electric", and it's worth knowing the difference:

  • Battery-Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are all-electric vehicles and run only on electricity. With a BEV, you charge the car's battery with electricity. That battery then powers the electric motor, which propels the car forward. Since the car itself is not burning a fuel to generate movement, there are no tail-pipe emissions. Instead, the carbon footprint of a BEV depends on how the electricity that runs it is produced

  • Hybrid plug-ins (PHEVs) combine a battery-powered electric motor with an internal combustion engine. The idea here is that you charge your vehicle with electricity and use it much like an all-electric vehicle. However, if and when you run out of charge, the internal combustion engine serves as a back-up. While running only on electricity, a PHEV's carbon footprint again depends on the fuel mix that generated the electricity. As soon as the internal combustion engine switches on, the engine's tail-pipe emissions add to the vehicle's carbon footprint. 

  • Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) also combine an internal combustion engine and an electric propulsion system. HEVs are “charged” with gasoline; you cannot plug them in to charge them with electricity. However, HEVs are more efficient than traditional internal combustion engines because they take advantage of technologies such as regenerative braking. The Drive Green program does not include HEVs. We are concentrating our efforts on BEVs and PHEVs because the quality of plug-in vehicles has improved greatly and they offer terrific environmental benefits.

How did Green Energy Consumers Alliance choose the vehicles and dealers that are in the program?

We focus on cars that are affordable to the middle class and have good to excellent ranges. We regularly send out invitations to many dealers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Those dealers that offer good prices and commit to providing good service to our referrals are chosen for the program.

Does Drive Green have an end date?

No, we will run the program indefinitely. However, each dealer's deals are time-limited. See the enrollment form for details.

Why shouldn’t I wait for the Tesla instead?

Many people have heard about the cars being sold by Tesla. In our view, Tesla is a very important carmaker. However, Tesla does not offer cars at discounts through programs like Drive Green. Furthermore, Tesla  has a waiting list for the Model 3. Instead of waiting for a Tesla, we encourage you to consider the cars offered through Drive Green.

Why is Green Energy Consumers hosting this EV buyer’s group?

We have based this program on the good work of others in Colorado and Utah. It is our mission to use consumer power to make energy more affordable and sustainable in order to avoid the potential devastating effects of climate change. Electric vehicles are a part of that solution.

We also see this as a natural extension of the “buyers’ group” model we have operated for energy consumers since 1982.

Aknowlegments: Many thanks to Will Toor and Mike Salisbury from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Tim Prior and Annie Freyschlag from the Electrification Coalition and Drive Electric Northern Colorado, and Kevin Emerson and Clayton Johnson of Utah Clean Energy for blazing the path on electric vehicle group buy programs and for sharing their knowledge and experience with us.  Thanks also to Gina Coplon-Newfield of the Sierra Club for her excellent advice.

Are there any legal disclaimers I should know about?

Yes. Read them HERE.

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