Consumer benefits to driving electric

There are tons of consumer benefits to driving electric! We'll go through the top ones here.

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Great Product

Electric vehicles are a great product for today's drivers. They're fun to drive, with instant torque, and much quieter than gas-powered cars. In addition, most models feature very advanced technology for safety, efficiency, and comfort. Read what current electric vehicle drivers have to say about their vehicles here.

Cheaper to Operate

Fuel costs

It is cheaper to drive a mile on electricity than it is to drive a mile on gasoline and electricity prices are much less volatile than gas prices. Though your electricity costs will go up if you're charging your electric vehicle (EV) at home, your gas costs will go down by more. According to our math, the average New York driver will save $499 a year by switching to electric, which compares well with the Union of Concerned Scientists nationwide estimate of $770/year. Our estimates take into account the recent drop in gasoline prices as a result of economic inactivity from Covid-19.

Ultimately, the cost of driving an EV for you will depend on (a) your electricity costs and (b) how much power your EV uses, which will depend on a couple of things:

  1. The efficiency of the vehicle

    Some EVs take you further on a kilowatt-hour (kWh) than others. The range from highest to lowest is not as wide as we see for gasoline-powered cars (i.e. the difference between a Prius and a Hummer).

  2. How much you drive it

    More miles, more power required!

  3. How you drive it

    Driving fast will create more friction and that will increase your electricity usage, just as with a gasoline car. Using regenerative breaking or your EV's eco-mode will increase the number of miles you get per kilowatt-hour.

To do the math yourself, we recommend the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center Vehicle Cost Calculator.

You can save even more! Upstate New York customers can reduce their costs with the voluntary time-of-use rate by charging their electric vehicle during the off-peak hours of 11pm to 7am. Most EVs can be easily programmed to charge during these hours using an onboard timer, mobile app, outlet timer, or EV charging station. Learn more on National Grid's website.

Servicing your vehicle

Electric vehicles (EVs) require much less service than gas-powered cars, so switching from a gas guzzler to an EV offers significant savings in service. Electric motors do not require any regular maintenance. For pure electric vehicles, gone is the need for oil changes and maintenance of things like spark plugs, timing belts, or any of the other hundreds of moving parts of an internal combustion engine. Electric vehicles do require the replacement of worn out tires and brake pads, but you can expect brake pads to last much longer than on a comparable gas-powered car, thanks to regenerative braking.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists' 2017 Going from Pump to Plug report, maintenance of a Chevrolet Sonic will cost about $1,500 more than maintenance of a Chevrolet Bolt. The American Automobile Association estimated that the average EV will save $2,100 compared to a similar-sized gas-powered car when driven 150,000 miles.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles require more maintenance than pure electric vehicles because they do still have an internal combustion engine. However, they are still cheaper to maintain than gas-powered cars because they are more efficient and use technologies like regenerative braking that minimize wear and tear of the system.

Learn more about EV maintenance on the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center's EV maintenance page.

Lifetime Cost Comparison

The fuel and service savings described above add up. If you compare the lifetime cost of an electric vehicle (EV) with a comparable gas-powered car, you'll find that the EV wins most every time! National Grid has set up a website to allow you to do just that: Check it out to compare the EVs you're considering with some similar gas-powered cars. Then, when you're sure about the EV's you're interested in, come back here and sign up for a test drive!

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