In 2015, the United States imported about 24% of the petroleum it consumed, and transportation was responsible for nearly three-quarters of total U.S. petroleum consumption. Using hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles instead of conventional vehicles can help reduce U.S. reliance on imported petroleum and increase energy security.
EVs can also reduce fuel costs dramatically due to the high efficiency of their electric motors. Depending on how they’re driven, today’s light-duty EVs (or PHEVs in electric mode) can exceed 100 miles per gallon equivalent (mpge).
Lastly, EVs and PHEVs can have significant emissions benefits over conventional vehicles. Although the life cycle emissions of an EV or PHEV depends on the sources of electricity used to charge it, in geographic areas that use relatively low-polluting energy sources for electricity production, plug-in vehicles typically have a large life cycle emissions advantage over similar conventional vehicles running on gasoline or diesel. (For more information, use this calculator to compare life cycle emissions of individual vehicle models in a given location.)
Events in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Memphis were held last weekend. Attendees celebrated with various educational outreach activities, including EV parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, and the launch of new public EV charging stations.
If you missed these events, don’t fear! You still have time to attend a final Tennessee-based Drive Electric Week event this Saturday, September 16 in Knoxville from 10AM – 4PM Eastern. The event will take place at the Whole Foods market in Knoxville on Papermill Drive and will feature test drives of a Nissan Leaf as well as ride-alongs in other EVs. To learn more about the event , click here or contact Patrick LaDue at firstname.lastname@example.org. By registering for the event at the link above, you will also be entered to win a $250 gift card!
To learn more about National Drive Electric Week events across the nation, click here. We also invite you to connect with TN Clean Fuels, our statewide DOE Clean Cities representatives, to learn more about alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies available in Tennessee.