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Are You Ready to Make the Future Electric?

Electric vehicles can help contribute to a cleaner planet. Here's how.

Why go electric?

People have plenty of reasons for making the switch, including:

  • Drastically
    reduced emissions1
  • Low cost of
    ownership2
  • Increased
    vehicle safety3
  • Far greater
    efficiency2

Climate Pollution

Transportation is the largest source of climate pollution in the U.S.1

illustration of car driving down road

Our personal vehicles currently account for nearly 28% of all U.S. emissions that negatively impact our environment.1 The best way to solve this is to make our roads as clean as possible.

And while some electric vehicles (EVs) produce a lighter carbon footprint than others, they’re all clear winners in an emissions test.

Comparing Carbon Footprints

There are three main types of EVs, designated by the degree to which electricity is used as their energy source. When compared to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, EVs have differing levels of fuel consumption and emissions. All-electric vehicles release no emissions and require no fossil fuels.4

Carbon footprint comparison
Main sources
of energy
Fuel
usage
Emissions
Conventional
Hybrid
Plug-in Hybrid
All-Electric

Today’s Electric Vehicles Offer Big Savings for Consumers

EVs are offered at a variety of price points these days, and though they are often priced higher than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, switching to an EV can offer more savings in fuel and maintenance costs throughout its lifetime.

Electric vs. Gas Fuel Savings by Vehicle Type

Savings Over Vehicle Lifetime (200,000 miles)5

EVs save up to $9,000 compared to
gas-powered cars

EVs save up to $11,000 compared to
gas-powered SUVs

EVs save up to $15,000 compared to
gas-powered pickups

Electric vs. Gas Vehicle maintenance costs

Maintenance Costs Over Vehicle Lifetime (200,000 miles)5

  1. Gas-Only: $12,285
  2. Plug-In Hybrid: $5,915
  3. All-Electric Plug-In (EV): $6,276

Many states also offer special EV incentives to further promote environmental initiatives. Some models are even eligible for tax incentives on a federal level – up to $7,500.5

More Safety, Less Maintenance

Saving you headaches and then some — EVs have their perks. To name a few:3

  • Lower risk of combustion and fire
  • Durable construction for safer collisions
  • Decreased chance of rolling due to low center of gravity
  • Little to no regular maintenance needed with fewer moving parts and fluids

But Are They Really More Efficient?

Short answer: Yes.

illustration of ev-car with plug

Electric vehicles can put over 77% of their battery energy into motion – a major upgrade compared to the 12%-30% energy output from gas- and diesel-powered engines.6

If you’re looking to purchase a brand-new car, keep these points in mind – and if you’re ready to make the switch, see how Amica can help you save even more with a new auto policy.

 

 

  • Carbon Pollution From Transportation, EPA, 2020.
  • Drive Electric Vermont: Cost of Ownership, US Energy Information Administration, 2020.
  • Electric Car Safety, Maintenance, and Battery Life, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, 2020.
  • Types of Electric Vehicles: BEV, PHEV and HEV, EVgo, 2021.
  • EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars, Consumer Reports, 2020.
  • All-Electric Vehicles, US Department of Energy, 2020.

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