The total cost of ownership of an EV is lower than a similar model of gas car. When you purchase or lease an EV you can claim federal tax credits as well as state and utility rebates, often amounting to $10,000. Maintenance on an EV is significantly less because EV motors have few moving parts. No oil changes ever again! Fueling your EV with Deep Green, 100% renewable energy, costs about 60% less than gasoline. Alternatively, Invest in solar rooftop and enjoy fixed costs for years to come. Finally, to charge your car at home, you can simply plug into any socket or install a Level 2 Home Charger for about $600-1,300 one time.
Driving an EV matters, really matters! EV driving is the single most important action you can take to reduce your carbon footprint, smog levels, and respiratory issues. No refineries, no pipelines.
On average driving is about 50% of a Marin resident’s footprint. Transportation accounts for 49% of California’s emissions. Driving on energy from your rooftop solar or from MCE’s Deep Green 100% renewable energy has zero tailpipe emissions! Drive an EV and breathe easy.
EVs now offer a wide choice of how far you can on one charge. Battery prices have dropped a staggering 80% in the past six years resulting in a longer range and a lower price. Consider one of the models has over 200 mile range if you travel far regularly or just don’t want more flexibility and less concern. In an EV with a 200 mile range you can travel to nearly any point in the Bay Area and return without charging.
If your EV is your primarily for around the town and into San Francisco, nearly any EV will meet your needs. And, all EVs allow you to breeze through in the HOV lane.
If you want to charge while on the road, tens of thousands of charging stations can be found in every reach of the Bay Area and beyond. Bet you didn’t even know they were there! See (Plugshare map)
Click here for our at home and on the road charging guides.
Range: Most EV manufacturers provide a 100,000 warranty on the lithium ion battery.Tesla drivers have reported about a 5% degradation at over 50,000 miles. If you were an early Prius adopter, you might remember the concern about the battery life. Tens of thousands of drivers are reaching 150,000 miles with their original battery.
Repurposed: Every maker of plug-in electric cars has a program to take back batteries when they’ve exceeded their useful life. Used batteries can be repurposed for secondary uses, such as storing energy for buildings, homeowners, and utilities. Many batteries will be able to store enough renewable energy for your entire home.
Don’t let battery worries stop you from driving electric. Lease an EV and know that the battery will have a long life powering your car and then provide much needed renewable storage on the grid.
Buying or leasing is a personal and financial question. We’d recommend leasing. If you like to have the latest vehicles, the latest technology and the greatest range. If, however, you find the perfect vehicle that fits your needs now and the foreseeable future, it seems wise to purchase. Note that all tax credits and rebates apply to leases and purchases.