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California EV owners show they’re driving energy independence

A study of electric car owners in California shows how electric cars are making a difference in the state; currently US’ single biggest market for battery-powered models.
A survey of some 1,400 plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners conducted by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) in collaboration with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), saw EV owners supply information on vehicle usage, charging behaviour and access to charging infrastructure. The results show how electric vehicle owners are helping to reduce the state’s reliance on oil imports and cut carbon emissions.

That doesn’t mean that electric car owners are having to limit their mileage and car use however, with the survey also showing that 85 per cent of owners use their PEV as their primary car, driving an average of 802 electric-fuelled miles per month.
There are now more than 12,000 PEV vehicles in California all helping reduce oil consumption. As the state doesn’t use oil to generate electricity, relying mostly on relatively low-carbon natural gas, electric vehicles run considerably cleaner than combustion models. Already, EVs in California are saving the state approximately 350,000 gallons of petroleum every month.


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