Acceleration & Responsiveness
Acceleration like you've never felt before. All torque, no shifting, will quickly and quietly move you safely in and out of traffic. Today's technology uses electric motors with instant reaction and quick response to changes in traffic.
Driving electric offers an innovative driving experience in every sense of the word. State of the art technology combines performance and efficiency that is pure fun to drive. Drivers love the forward thinking incorporated in the EV experience.
EVs are smart vehicles, an iPhone on wheels! Onboard computers and cameras offer greater safety features than old cars on the road. Autonomous features are many, including blind spot warnings and crash-avoidance. All drivers, new and experienced, deserve such protection.
Charging & Range
Range can play a big role in deciding what EV is right for you. Marin residents drive about 27 miles a day and most Bay Area destinations are within 50 miles.
For longer trips, several EVs go hundreds of miles without a charge. Another option is a plug-in car with a gas extender (PHEV). While not as green as pure EVs, they are better than gas or hybrid cars.
Charging at Home Guide
EV drivers can enjoy the ease and convenience of charging at home. We've created a Home Charging Guide with everything you'll need to know, including charging with renewables, getting best electricity rates, installing a charger and recommendations for home charging stations.
Save 50% carbon
Driving an EV on green power reduces your carbon footprint by 50%. We don't need to wait for government to act. We need Marin to lead the way.
Drive your Gas Car Until it Dies?
Myth: Driving my gas car creates less carbon than buying and driving a new EV.
Fact: Manufacturing and driving an EV has less, much less, carbon than continuing to drive a gas car. Even a Prius is 60% more polluting than an EV.
There should be no compromising on clean air. Localized air pollution from tailpipes affect everyone, especially cyclists, kids at school pick up lines, runners, the elderly...well, everyone! With no tailpipes, EVs clear the air.
Rebates and Incentives
EVs are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit. Additional California and PG&E rebates are available (MCE customers included). Your car dealer will help guide you in the process, but here are the links if you want to research now.
Total Cost of Ownership
When it comes to total cost of ownership, EVs come in miles ahead of traditional cars. Electricity rates can be 1/2 of gasoline and historically are more stable than oil. There are few moving parts in EVs resulting in very little maintenance aside from tires and windshield wipers. Most maintenance comes as free software updates.
Cost of Energy
Electric vehicles, also known as “plug-ins,” are either 100% battery or electric combined with a gas range extension. 100% battery vehicles are the most advanced driving solution—they go far and are emissions-free. If a pure electric vehicle just cannot meet your needs, a plug-in hybrid offers a good option by mixing some electric-only miles with a gas range extender for longer trips. When car shopping, always ask for the vehicles that plug in.
Nissan Leaf 2018
Tesla Model 3
Nissan Leaf 2017
The total cost of ownership of an EV is lower than a similar model of gas car. When you purchase or lease an EV you can claim federal tax credits as well as state and utility rebates, often amounting to $10,000. Maintenance on an EV is significantly less because EV motors have few moving parts. No oil changes ever again! Fueling your EV with Deep Green, 100% renewable energy, costs about 60% less than gasoline. Alternatively, Invest in solar rooftop and enjoy fixed costs for years to come. Finally, to charge your car at home, you can simply plug into any socket or install a Level 2 Home Charger for about $600-1,300 one time.
Driving an EV matters, really matters! EV driving is the single most important action you can take to reduce your carbon footprint, smog levels, and respiratory issues. No refineries, no pipelines.
On average driving is about 50% of a Marin resident’s footprint. Transportation accounts for 49% of California’s emissions. Driving on energy from your rooftop solar or from MCE’s Deep Green 100% renewable energy has zero tailpipe emissions! Drive an EV and breathe easy.
EVs now offer a wide choice of how far you can on one charge. Battery prices have dropped a staggering 80% in the past six years resulting in a longer range and a lower price. Consider one of the models has over 200 mile range if you travel far regularly or just don’t want more flexibility and less concern. In an EV with a 200 mile range you can travel to nearly any point in the Bay Area and return without charging.
If your EV is your primarily for around the town and into San Francisco, nearly any EV will meet your needs. And, all EVs allow you to breeze through in the HOV lane.
If you want to charge while on the road, tens of thousands of charging stations can be found in every reach of the Bay Area and beyond. Bet you didn’t even know they were there! See (Plugshare map)
Click here for our at home and on the road charging guides.
Range: Most EV manufacturers provide a 100,000 warranty on the lithium ion battery.Tesla drivers have reported about a 5% degradation at over 50,000 miles. If you were an early Prius adopter, you might remember the concern about the battery life. Tens of thousands of drivers are reaching 150,000 miles with their original battery.
Repurposed: Every maker of plug-in electric cars has a program to take back batteries when they’ve exceeded their useful life. Used batteries can be repurposed for secondary uses, such as storing energy for buildings, homeowners, and utilities. Many batteries will be able to store enough renewable energy for your entire home.
Don’t let battery worries stop you from driving electric. Lease an EV and know that the battery will have a long life powering your car and then provide much needed renewable storage on the grid.
Buying or leasing is a personal and financial question. We’d recommend leasing. If you like to have the latest vehicles, the latest technology and the greatest range. If, however, you find the perfect vehicle that fits your needs now and the foreseeable future, it seems wise to purchase. Note that all tax credits and rebates apply to leases and purchases.