Everything you need to know about Electric Vehicles.

 
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Performance

Acceleration & Responsiveness

Acceleration like you've never felt before. All torque, no shifting, will quickly and quietly move you safely in and out of traffic. Today's technology uses electric motors with instant reaction and quick response to changes in traffic.

Innovative

Driving electric offers an innovative driving experience in every sense of the word. State of the art technology combines performance and efficiency that is pure fun to drive. Drivers love the forward thinking incorporated in the EV experience.

Safety

EVs are smart vehicles, an iPhone on wheels! Onboard computers and cameras offer greater safety features than old cars on the road. Autonomous features are many, including blind spot warnings and crash-avoidance. All drivers, new and experienced, deserve such protection.

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Charging & Range

Go Far

Range can play a big role in deciding what EV is right for you. Marin residents drive about 27 miles a day. For longer trips, many EVs go hundreds of miles without a chargeand more are on the way. Another option is a plug-in car with a gas extender (PHEV). While not as green as pure EVs, they are far better than gas or gas-hybrid cars.

Level Two Charging

If you regularly drive more than 40 miles a day or just like having a faster option at home, install a Level 2 charger, also known as a “home charger,” “wall charger,“ “home charging station

There are numerous options on the market, and the top rated models are discussed below. Level 2 chargers provide electricity to the car at 240V and provide about 25 miles of range per hour.

All About Electricity Costs and Plans

Fuel Cost
Driving an EV can save you money since electricity is less expensive than gasoline and EVs are more efficient than gasoline vehicles. Electricity prices are also generally much more stable than gasoline prices.

Because the average U.S. household spends nearly one-fifth of its total family expenditures on transportation, saving on fuel can make a big difference. When you charge your EV at home, your electricity bill will likely be less than half your gasoline bill! (See details below)

Benefits of EV Rate
Most Marin residents are currently billed on a tiered rate: the more energy you use, the higher the tier and the higher the rate. EV owners can switch to a time-of-use rate, where energy charges vary based on the time of day, without tiers. Since the cost of electricity during the off peak night time hours is much lower than the cost at, peak hours, switching to the EV rate and charging at night can be a big money saver.

Exceptions
If you want to charge during the day, or have heavy daytime usage needs (e.g. a pool or air conditioning), the EV plan may or may not be best for you.
PG&E offers electric vehicle rate plans for residential customers that are time of use plans which means costs are lower from 11 p.m. tp 7 a.m. when demand is lowest, making this the best time to charge your vehicle.

Charging at Home Guide

EV drivers can enjoy the ease and convenience of charging at home. We've created a Home Charging Guide with everything you'll need to know, including charging with renewables, getting best electricity rates, installing a charger and recommendations for home charging stations.


Electricians, Stations and Cost

A qualified licensed electrician should install a charging station. In general, a home charging station will cost around $300-$600. This does not include installation, which can cost anywhere from $200 - $2000, depending on the situation with your home electrical system.


Amperage Capacity

Consider a 40 or 50 amp home charge, even if your current EV takes less. This way, you will be investing in a charger that will be adequate as future EVs improve their charging speeds.


HOME OWNER ASSOCIATION CONSIDERATIONS

HOA's likely require architectural approval for charging station installation on HOA common property. Check with your HOA Board of Directors to determine if they have planned for charging stattion installation. If not, please contact us at info@drivecleanmarin.org for sample rules and sample carport architectural application.

Additional Resources for our edification: Sierra Club EV Myths v. Reality https://www.sierraclub.org/articles/2018/11/electric-vehicles-scary-myths-vs-enticing-reality-part-1?mc_cid=44dbb94d9c&mc_eid=6be6a9eb5a

Charging on the Road

Charging stations may not be as visible as gas stations, but there are many. See our On the Road Charging Guide for station information, essential apps and vendor charging cards.

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Environment

Save 50% carbon

Driving an EV on green power reduces your carbon footprint by 50%. We don't need to wait for government to act. We need Marin to lead the way.

Drive your Gas Car Until it Dies?

Myth: Driving my gas car creates less carbon than buying and driving a new EV.

Fact: Manufacturing and driving an EV has less, much less, carbon than continuing to drive a gas car. Even a Prius is 60% more polluting than an EV.

Clean Air

There should be no compromising on clean air. Localized air pollution from tailpipes affect everyone, especially cyclists, kids at school pick up lines, runners, the elderly...well, everyone! With no tailpipes, EVs clear the air.

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Savings

Rebates and Incentives

EVs are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit. Additional California and PG&E rebates are available (MCE customers included). Your car dealer will help guide you in the process, but here are the links if you want to research now.

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml
http://cleanvehiclerebate.org/eng

Total Cost of Ownership

When it comes to total cost of ownership, EVs come in miles ahead of traditional cars. Electricity rates can be 1/2 of gasoline and historically are more stable than oil. There are few moving parts in EVs resulting in very little maintenance aside from tires and windshield wipers. Most maintenance comes as free software updates.

Cost of Energy

When you charge your EV at home, your electricity cost will likely be only half your current gasoline expense! In addition, electricity prices are much more stable and rooftop solar provides even more savings. See our Home Charging Guide with everything you'll need to know about charging at home.

 
 
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Vehicles

 

100% Battery Electric Vehicles Currently on the Market

100% BEVs are the most advanced driving solution and are completely emissions free.

 

Tesla Model X

Range: 289-295 miles

Price: $82,000-$97,000

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Hyundai Kona Electric

Range: 258 miles

Price: $37,495

Nissan Leaf

Range: 150 Miles

Price: $29,990

Chevrolet Bolt

Range: 238 miles

Price: $36,620

Ford Focus Electric

Range: 115 miles

Price: $29,120

Fiat 500e

Range: 84 miles

Price: $33,210

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Tesla Model 3

Range: 220-325

Price: $35,000-$62,000

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Audi e-tron

Range: 245

Price: $75,800

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Jaguar i-Pace

Range: 234 miles

Price: $69,500

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Volkswagen e-Golf

Range: 125 miles

Price: $31,895

Kia Soul EV

Range: 111 miles

Price: $33,950

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Smart Fortwo

Range: 58 miles

Price: $23,800

Tesla Model S

Range: 270-335 miles

Price: $76,000-$94,000

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Kia Niro EV

Range: 239 miles

Price: $36,450

BMW i3

Range: 153 miles

Price:$44,450

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Hyundai Ioniq

Range: 124 miles

Price: $30,315

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Honda Clarity (lease only)

Range: 89

Price: $199/month, $1,799 due at singing


100% Battery Electric Vehicles Coming Soon

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Rivian R1T

Range: 400 miles

Byton M-Byte

Range: 248-323 miles

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Mercedes-Benz EQC

Range: 225 miles

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Tesla Model Y

Range: N/A

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Rivian R1S

Range: 400 miles

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Volvo XC40

Range: 240 miles

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Mini Electric

Range: 200 miles

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Ford MACH E

Range: 200 miles

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Porsche Taycan

Range: 300 miles

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Nissan Electric

Range: 220 miles

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SF Motors SF7 and SF5

Range: 300 miles

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Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

Range: 200 miles


Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

 

(Electric Vehicle with back-up gas engine)

Plug-in hybrids combine some electricity-only miles with gas extender for longer trips. When car shopping, always ask for the vehicles that plug-in.

 
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Honda Clarity

Battery Range: 48 miles

Price: $33,400

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BMW 740e

Battery Range: 14 miles

Price: $91,250

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BMW 330e

Battery Range: 14 miles

Price: $45,600

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Cadillac CT6

Battery Range: 31 miles

Price: $75,000

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Chrysler Pacifica

Battery Range: 32 miles

Price: $39,995

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Hyundai Ioniq

Battery Range: 29 miles

Price: $25,000

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Kia Optima

Battery Range 29 miles

Price: $35,390

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Kia Niro

Battery Range: 26 miles

Price: $28,200

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Ford Fusion Energi

Battery Range: 21 miles

Price: $35,000

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Mercedes S560

Battery Range: 30 miles

Price: $113,000

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Subaru Crosstrek

Battery Range: 17 miles

Price: $34,995

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Porsche Panamera

Battery Range: 16 miles

Price: $99,600

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Mercedes GLC 350 e

Battery Range: 10 miles

Price: $49,990

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Hyundai Sonata

Battery Range: 28 miles

Price: $39,000

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Toyota Prius Prime

Battery Range: 25 miles

Price: $27,100

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Chevy Volt

Range 53 Miles

$33,200

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Volvo XC60 T8

Battery Range: 18 miles

Price: $52,900

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Audi A3 e-Tron

Battery Range: 16 miles

Price: $39,500

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BMW X5

Battery Range: 14 miles

Price: $64,000

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Volvo XC90 T8

Battery Range: 17 miles

Price: $65,000

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Porsche Cayenne S

Battery Range: 27 miles

Price: $80,000

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Mitsubishi Outlander

Battery Range: 22 miles

Price: $34,595

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Volvo S90 T8

Battery Range: 21 miles

Price: $63,500

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Mercedes GLE550e

Battery Range: 10 miles

Price: $67,000

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BMW 530e

Battery Range: 16 miles

Price: $53,400

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Mini SE Countryman

Battery Range: 12 miles

Price: $36,800

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MercedesC350e

Battery Range: 9 miles

Price: $47,900


Plug-in Hybrids Coming Soon

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Land Rover Range Rover - Sport PHEV - HSE

Battery Range: 31 miles

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Land Rover

Range Rover

Battery Range: 31 miles

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FAQ

 

How much will it cost to buy and drive an EV?

The total cost of ownership over the life 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 MCE Clean Energy Deep Green, 100% renewable energy, costs about 60% less than gasoline. Alternatively, invest in solar rooftop and enjoy fixed costs for years to come.

It’s only one car, will driving an EV really make a difference?

Yes! Driving is 53% of our carbon footprint. With over 1 million EVs on the road in the U.S., they are already making a difference. If everyone in California switched to driving electric, we would more than fulfill our commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. Everytime we buy gasoline, we support Big Oil--and they actively work to dismantle environmental protections. Let’s drive our values and build a sustainable future for our kids.

Isn’t it better for the environment to keep driving my existing car instead of buying a new EV?

It is better to manufacture and drive an EV now than continue to burn gasoline because gas is extremely carbon-intensive. Even a Prius has 60% more carbon emissions than an EV. Emissions from manufacturing a new car are only about 7-9% of total car emissions. Drive on MCE Clean Energy Deep Green and every mile will be tailpipe-emissions free. 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.

How far can I travel?

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. 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!

To apply for an HOV decal, go to: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/decal

How do I charge my EV at home and on the road?

Click here for our at home and on the road charging guides.

What are environmental impacts of the battery and how long will the battery last?

Most EV manufacturers provide a 100,000 warranty on the lithium ion battery. 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.

Second-life: Used batteries serve a valuable role 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.

Recycled: Once the battery has reached its maximum second-life value, it can then be recycled. 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.

Should I buy or lease?

If you are considering a plug-in hybrid, you might want to consider leasing, as many new 100% battery-electric vehicles with high range are coming to the market in the next year or two. Note that all tax credits and rebates apply to leases and purchases.

 

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