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Facts About Electric Vehicles

Less than 1% of U.S. households currently have an electric vehicle (EV), but... 42% of U.S. households could use today's EVs. Today's EVs require: Parking and a plug 56% of U.S. households have access to charging. 42% of U.S. households could use EVs 4 or fewer passengers No hauling needs 95% of U.S. drivers have 79% of U.S. drivers 4 or fewer passengers. don't require hauling. The requirements above apply to both plug-in hybrid EVs and battery-electric vehicles. But what about range? 69% of U.S. drivers drive less than 60 miles on weekdays-well within the range of many battery-electric vehicles. MAXIMUM WEEKDAY DRIVING DISTANCE 69% drive less than... 34% 54% 75% 80% drive less than... drive less than... drive less than... drive less than... 20 40 60 miles 80 100 BATTERY-ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVING RANGES* ..... ... 2013 Tesla Model S 265 miles 2014 Fiat 500e 87 miles 2014 Chevy Spark EV & 2014 Honda Fit EV 82 miles 2014 Ford Focus Electric 76 miles 2013 Nissan LEAF 75 miles .... 2013 Mitsubishi-i-MIEV 62 miles *Plug-in hybrid EVs, which use gasoline and electricity, can travel as far as conventional vehicles. Battery-electric vehicles, powered solely by electricity, have driving ranges determined by their battery size. So why plug in? Electric vehicles cost less to drive and emit less global warming pollution. YEARLY COST TO FUEL YEARLY GLOBAL WARMING POLLUTION (CO, eq) 2.3 $421 МETRIC Battery-electric • Runs entirely on electricity • Based off Nissan LEAF TONS 2.9 $764 METRIC Plug-in hybrid electric • Runs on both electricity and gasoline • Based off Ford Fusion PHEV TONS $1,500 4.7 МЕTRIC Gasoline-only TONS *Based off average 2012 compact getting 28.8 mpg If everyone who could use an EV had one today, we would save 350 million barrels of oil a year. Visit to see how you can be part of the solution. © Union of Concerned Scientists 2013 Design by Graphicacy U.S. driver statistics are based on a nationally representative survey of U.S. households with a vehicle conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists and Consumers Union. For more information on survey results and calculations, see the methodology at

Facts About Electric Vehicles

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Based on a 2013 survey by Consumers Union and Union of Concerned Scientists, 42 percent of U.S. households could use an electric vehicle.


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