Thinking about an Electric Vehicle?


Gabrielle Abad, Writer

Electric vehicles are more popular than ever. With climate change problems surfacing around the world,  and the cost of gas (especially in California!) fluctuating, it is no surprise that people are looking at stable, cheaper, and more sustainable means of transportation.

There are 3 main types of E.V.s on the market today:  BEV, PHEV, and a Hybrid.

BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) are perfect for those who are looking to produce zero tailpipe emissions and have easy access to charging stations, thus having a large battery. They also require very little maintenance.PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) are good for those who want to utilize both gas and charging stations. They offer both gas-only or electric-only driving, as well as a combination of the two. Because of this, they have smaller batteries than BEVs.

Hybrids are the best for those who want to reduce emissions but do not have access to charging. Instead, the hybrid has a gas-dependent engine and an electric motor system. However, gas is still the main source of power.

Some cars like my Toyota Prius Limited, which is a PHEV, charges up while the tires spin. Isn’t that cool?

Additionally, there are many California and federal government programs for potential and current E.V. owners. Depending on your eligibility, it can save you lots of money. As an ambassador for ACCess Clean California, I would recommend using the website It can help you find more information about clean energy vehicles, charging, discounts, public transit, car sharing, and home solar. Provided, is a picture of the steps to help you with the application.  Save money, spare the air!