Electric vehicles have been growing in popularity over the last few years. Advances in technology, falling prices, the availability of tax incentives, and the quickly growing charging infrastructure have combined to make owning an electric vehicle an increasingly popular choice. This is good news for the people who live along the Wasatch Front and want to actively contribute to cleaner air. Vehicle emissions contribute to nearly half of all criteria air pollutants (the most harmful types of air pollution) in Utah, and by transitioning to electric vehicles we can reduce emissions immediately.
Electric vehicles aren't just about air quality and environmental benefits: they are also a source of potential cost savings. On average, it costs about half as much to charge an electric vehicle compared to buying gasoline for a traditional vehicle. Electric vehicles have far fewer moving parts, and operate at much lower temeratures than gasoline vehicles resulting in reduced maintenance.
There are two types of electric vehicles available through U Drive Electric:
Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles have both an electric motor with a rechargeable battery and an internal combustion engine. A Plug-In Hybrid can be charged by plugging into an outlet. You can drive a limited distance using only the electric motor, and when the battery runs low the combustion engine kicks in to take you wherever you need to go while also lowering your pollution emissions.
All Electric Vehicles have only an electric motor and a rechargeable battery and runs exclusively on electricity. All Electric vehicles are charged by plugging into an outlet and through regenerative braking systems. All Electric vehicles never produce tailpipe emissions, and are the perfect choice to immediately cut your pollution emissions. The average American drives about 30 miles per day, and 80% of all trips are 40 miles or less. Most All Electric vehicles have a range of 60 miles or greater!
The range capabilites of new electric vehicles is rising, and growing charging infrastructure making it easy to recharge on the go. In fact, level II and "fast charge" charging stations can fully charge an EV in just a few hours, or as quickly 30 minutes! You can view a comprehensive map of charging stations in Utah (and Nationwide) at the PlugShare website.
There are Utah State and Federal tax incentives which provide additional savings towards the up front cost of purchasing or leasing a new electric vehicle. The state of Utah offers an incentive of up to $1,500, and the Federal incentive can be as much as $7,500. All together you could be eligible for $9,000 in incentives! And these incentives are in addition to the discounts offered by U Drive Electric. Learn more about available tax incentives.