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We Keep Hearing Electric Vehicles (EV) Are Coming. But How Soon?
Posted on Oct 26th, 2020

We Keep Hearing Electric Vehicles (EV) Are Coming. But How Soon?
By: Electric Vehicle (EV) Resident Working Group
 
Apparently, they’re already here. And Ohio is repositioning itself as an electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing hub.[1] GM has already announced that they’ll be selling 20 EVs by 2023. And if you’re not a GM fan, don’t worry. Every car manufacturer is shifting towards the production of EVs. Car and Driver has a futuristic-looking list of EV cars and trucks coming over the next two years.[2] But the Electric Power Research Institute has compiled a more practical list of EV cars you can purchase now.[3]
 
Here’s some EV 101. Many Hammond North residents already drive “traditional” or “conventional” hybrid vehicles. These are the many Priuses you see around the garage. The batteries in these cars are charged by gas, and so you never have to plug them in. While they don’t go very far on their smaller battery, they do save fuel, which is great for the environment and your pocketbook.  
 
Next up are the plug-in hybrids, what are technically called Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). PHEVs have a bigger battery than the traditional hybrids, drive much farther on that battery, and save a ton on fuel. But they still can use gas. When the PHEV’s battery is out of juice, it turns on the combustion engine and drives like a traditional hybrid.
 
Last but not least, there’s the all-Electric Vehicle (EV). You do not fuel these cars with gasoline. They only have an electric motor that’s battery powered. The lowering costs of EVs on the market today—and PHEVs for that matter—are due to the innovation in batteries. Car batteries are getting better and better all the time and will continue to get better in the future. While EVs are pricier than gas-fueled cars, you save where you used to spend on gas. Obviously, these vehicles have the lowest impact on the environment, and Ohio waives the emission inspection. Best of all, EVs can now drive up to 350 miles on a single charge.
 
And that begs the question: Where can you charge? 
 
The EV Resident Working Group will continue our research to answer this question. If you are interested in joining our group to help us continue this work, please contact Dick Fencl at fenclrg@gmail.com.
 
And if your interest in PHEV and EV has been piqued and you would like to learn more, here is a resource that has helped us learn about the EV industry. This resource showcases the wide range of PHEVs and EVs currently on the market for purchase today—the most exciting part! 
 
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