Plug-In Texas is a broad-based coalition of private and public interests dedicated to promoting all forms of electric vehicles (EVs), and other alternative fuels such as natural gas and hydrogen, in Texas. The coalition includes automakers, auto dealers, utilities, proponents of renewable energy and environmental organizations.
Plug-In Texas is committed to raising awareness of the benefits and viability of electric vehicles in Texas. The coalition actively supports market initiatives and other efforts to promote all forms of EVs, including plug-in battery-electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles. Plug-In Texas also serves as a clearinghouse for information among policymakers and other stakeholders who support clean fuels and share our vision of broadening the sector’s development in Texas.
Benefits of Electric Vehicles
Reduced CO₂ emissions and other threats to air quality
Plug-in electric vehicles produce no tail pipe emissions and produce 54 percent less (lifetime) carbon dioxide than conventional vehicles, a percentage which could grow to 71 percent by 2050 as the U.S. power grid gets greener. Lower carbon dioxide emissions and reduced particulate matter improve air quality, which is particularly important for large urban areas, including several in Texas that must meet stringent federal air quality standards.
Enhanced energy security and energy independence
Since EVs are powered by domestically generated electricity, more EVs on U.S. roads means less dependence on foreign oil produced in unstable regions of the world. Reducing oil imports means less petro-dollar funding of activities counter to our national interests.
On average, driving an electric vehicle is about half the cost of a gasoline car, thanks to greater performance efficiency and the lower cost of electricity. Electricity prices are also far more stable than gasoline prices, which have fluctuated a great deal, making the cost of operating an EV more predictable. Some EV drivers can take advantage of even lower electricity prices if their utility offers special rates for off-peak charging, which helps utilities balance the load on the power grid when there is less demand for electricity.
All-electric vehicles never require a trip to the gas station, and PHEVs seldom do, depending on the driving behavior of the owner. Most EV owners charge their car batteries overnight, eliminating the need to wait in line at the pump.
Lower maintenance costs
Aside from cheaper fuel, electric vehicles also require less maintenance to operate because there are fewer moving parts and fewer fluids to change, such as oil and transmission fluid. That means fewer tune‐ups, transmission repairs, or spark plugs changes. Regenerative braking in EVs also captures energy that would otherwise be lost, extending the life of the braking system.
Quite simply, EVs are fun to drive. Plug-in cars offer a quiet, smooth and powerful ride. An electric motor provides full torque from a standstill and completely changes the experience of getting onto a fast‐moving freeway.