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

Yes. There is a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 and the state of Massachusetts offers a rebate of up to $2,500. Learn about these incentives and how to take advantage of them here.

Why is driving an EV better for the environment?

EVs use energy more efficiently, and the sources used to produce electricity are cleaner than burning gasoline. Learn all about EVs and the environment on our Environment page.

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

EVs substantially reduce emissions per mile driven compared to gas-powered cars. Switching from a gas-powered car to an all-electric vehicle charged on the grid in New England cuts vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by more than three-quarters. In addition, it substantially reduces the localized air pollution that harms people's health. Learn all about emissions on our Environment page.

How do I charge an electric car?

Every electric vehicle has a built-in charging port that is compatible with a regular household outlet -- exactly like charging a smartphone. You can also install faster charging at ho me or charge at publich charging locations. For more information, red our charging pages.

How will charging an electric vehicle affect my electricity bill?

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

What if I run out of power on the road?

Electric cars have accurate range estimators to let you know how many miles you have on the charge. At this point, most electric cars have well over 200 or 300 miles of range, and there is more public charging than most people realize. If you were to run out of charge, you could get a tow to the nearest charging station.

What servicing do these vehicles need?

Electric cars are lower maintenance than gas cars. EVs occasionally need a tire rotation, battery inspection, brake fluid flush, and in- cabin air filter replacement. Overall, you can expect to cut your maintenance and repair costs for your vehicle in half. 

What happens to driving range during the winter?

Range does go down during very cold weather when you run the heater. 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 here.

Is it more expensive to insure an electric vehicle?

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

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

Learn about BEVs, PHEVs, and HEVs on our EV101 page!

About The Drive Green Program

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.

How do I participate?

Use our form to find the right electric car for you. If we have a dealer offering a deal on the car of your choice, 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.

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.

Acknowlegments: 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.

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.

Are Tesla vehicles offered through Drive Green?

Many people have heard about the cars being sold by Tesla. Tesla is a very important carmaker, but it does not offer cars at discounts through programs like Drive Green. In addition to considering a Tesla, we encourage you to consider the cars offered through Drive Green.

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.

Are there any legal disclaimers I should know about?

Yes. Read them HERE.