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Electric cars on the ascent

Imagine a car that consumes no oil, has no tailpipe, and can get you wherever you need to go without ever visiting a gas station. That’s the promise of electric vehicles, which got a huge boost this week when the Obama administration announced that fuel-efficiency standards will be nearly doubled, to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

Pennsylvania drivers currently spend more than $18 billion a year on gasoline. Oil consumed for gasoline and other uses produces more global-warming pollution than any other energy source, and oil emissions are our largest single source of smog, particulate pollution, and other toxins that cause thousands of asthma attacks and other respiratory problems every year.

While the cost of gasoline has been rising, however, electric vehicle technology has been improving. Today’s electric cars, equipped with powerful motors, smooth handling, and high-tech features, are designed for an exceptional driving experience.

These vehicles are safe, too. The Nissan Leaf was the first all-electric vehicle to earn the Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the first to earn a five-star rating for overall safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Advances in energy storage, meanwhile, have cut battery costs by 80 percent, while powerful charging stations have reduced the time it takes to recharge a battery by more than 90 percent, to only 30 minutes. At current electricity prices, it costs about $4 to $6 to fully charge a plug-in vehicle, compared with $10 to $20 to get a typical gas-powered car to go the same distance.

Because of these breakthroughs, experts predict that 15,000 Pennsylvanians will purchase their first plug-in vehicle over the next three years. A recent PennEnvironment report shows that this will reduce the state’s oil consumption by more than three million gallons a year and cut annual greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 19,000 metric tons. And that doesn’t include the benefits of any leased plug-in vehicles.


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