In the News: John Farrell
March 2018 Issue
Media Outlet: Peoria Magazines
In the wake of growing awareness and prevalence of electric vehicles, the Illinois-based publication Peoria Magazines covered our six reasons to make your next vehicle an electric vehicle. Here are our contributions in the article:
John Farrell, who directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, offers six reasons your next car should be electric—from ILSR’s latest report on electric vehicles.
- For the fun of it. Electric vehicle motors provide more torque and acceleration than conventional gas-powered engines. Multiple EVs can now go from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than two seconds!
- To save money. Over 10 years, electric car owners will save $10,000 in lower fuel and maintenance costs—a figure that even incorporates the cost of buying a new battery.
- Going the distance. EVs now offer sufficient range to cover most daily travel. The 2017 Nissan LEAF’s 107-mile range covers 83 percent of daily trips taken by Americans, while the 240-mile range of the Chevy Bolt covers nearly all daily travel.
- Cut the maintenance. EVs have 100 times fewer parts in the drivetrain and lack many of the components that must continually be replaced in gas-powered vehicles. Among the 10 most common vehicle repairs in the U.S., none are needed in an EV.
- Lower pollution. Driving an electric car will reduce pollution no matter where it’s plugged in. EVs produce fewer emissions that contribute to climate change and smog than conventional vehicles.
- Luxury for less. Both electric and hybrid cars boast customer satisfaction ratings as high as luxury cars, with the Tesla Model S leading the way, followed by the Chevy Volt and Honda Accord Hybrid. iBi
Download the ILSR’s complete report at ilsr.org/report-electric-vehicles.