EV | Electric Vehicles
Electricity can be used to power all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. These vehicles can draw electricity directly from the grid and other off-board electrical power sources and store it in batteries. Hybrid electric vehicles use electricity to boost fuel efficiency. Using electricity to power vehicles can have significant energy security and emissions benefits.
Electricity is considered an alternative fuel under the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Electricity can be produced from a variety of primary energy sources, including oil, coal, nuclear energy, moving water, natural gas, wind energy, and solar energy. Plug-in vehicles are capable of drawing electricity from off-board electrical power sources (generally the electricity grid) and storing it in batteries. Though not yet widely available, fuel cell vehicles use hydrogen to cleanly generate electricity onboard the vehicle.
Hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles can help increase energy security, improve fuel economy, lower fuel costs, and reduce emissions.
Thousands of electric vehicle charging stations are available in the United States. Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) is being deployed throughout the country in key areas for public charging, but consumers are likely to do the majority of their charging at home.
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Laws and Incentives
State and federal governments enact laws and provide incentives to help build and maintain a market for electricity fuel and vehicles.
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