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Are You Ready to Make the Future Electric? 

Electric vehicles can help contribute to a cleaner planet. Here’s how.

Why go electric?

People have plenty of reasons for making the switch, including:

Drastically reduced emissions

Low cost of ownership

Increased vehicle safety

Far greater efficiency

Climate pollution

Transportation is the largest source of climate pollution in the U.S.

Our personal vehicles currently account for nearly 28% of all U.S. emissions that negatively impact our environment. The best way to solve this is to make our roads as clean as possible.

And while some electric vehicles (EVs) produce a lighter carbon footprint than others, they’re all clear winners in an emissions test.

Comparing carbon footprints

There are three main types of EVs – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric – designated by the degree to which electricity is used as their energy source. When compared to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, EVs have differing levels of fuel consumption and emissions. All-electric vehicles release no emissions and require no fossil fuels.

Today’s electric vehicles offer big savings for consumers

EVs are offered at a variety of price points these days, and though they are often priced higher than traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, switching to an EV can offer more savings in fuel and maintenance costs throughout its lifetime

Electric vs. gas fuel savings by vehicle type

Savings over vehicle lifetime (200,000 miles)


EVs save up to $9,000 compared to gas-powered cars.

EVs save up to $11,000 compared to gas-powered SUVs.

EVs save up to $15,000 compared to gas-powered pickups.

Electric vs. gas vehicle maintenance costs

Maintenance costs over vehicle lifetime (200,000 miles)

  • Gas-only: $12,285
  • Plug-in hybrid: $5,915
  • All-electric plug-in (EV): $6,276

Many states also offer special EV incentives to further promote environmental initiatives. Some models are even eligible for tax incentives on a federal level – up to $7,500.

More safety, less maintenance

Saving you headaches and then some – EVs have their perks. To name a few:

Lower risk of combustion and fire

Durable construction for safer collisions

Decreased chance of rolling due to low center of gravity

Little to no regular maintenance needed with fewer moving parts and fluids

But are they really more efficient?

Short answer: Yes.

Electric vehicles can put over 77% of their battery energy into motion – a major upgrade compared to the 12%-30% energy output from gas- and diesel-powered engines.

If you’re looking to purchase a brand-new car, keep these points in mind – and if you’re ready to make the switch, see how Amica can help you save even more with a new auto policy.



U.S. Energy Information Administration

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy


Consumer Reports