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About Electric Vehicles

Get quick facts about the perks of plugging in instead of gassing up, and learn why it pays to purchase and drive an electric car in our territory.

Types of Electric Vehicles

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric
Uses both a gasoline engine and a battery-powered electric motor. The battery is charged by energy generated by the brakes and plugging in the car. Can perform as a conventional car when the battery runs out.

Also called an all-electric vehicle. Relies solely on an electric motor. A large battery gives it a longer range. Needs to be plugged into a power source to charge.

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Electric Vehicles Benefits


The benefits of a cleaner, greener ride go further than your individual impact. Transportation accounts for 25% of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions, and gasoline-fueled cars produce double the CO2 emissions compared to their electric counterparts.

By driving an electric vehicle, you can help reduce the emissions that contribute to smog and climate change, improving the health of our communities and our natural surroundings. With little to no tailpipe emissions, hybrid and fully electric cars help preserve the air quality, so you can breathe easy about your influence on the surroundings we all share.

Charging your electric vehicle on renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, shrink your carbon footprint even more. Find renewable energy incentives.


The total cost to own and operate an electric vehicle is often cheaper than the total cost of a traditional car.

On a standard residential rate, it costs approximately $1 for the current all-electric models to travel the same distance as traditional cars would on a gallon of fuel. That means you could save up to $1,000 per year in refueling costs alone—and charging off-peak can increase those savings.

Just by living in our territory, you qualify for additional savings.

Electric Vehicle Rebates:


Light-touch, instant torque and whisper-quiet operation are just a few of the advantages of fueling with electricity. Modern mechanics mean electric vehicle motors typically require less maintenance than internal combustion engines. Even brake pads last longer in electric vehicles because they use regenerative braking to slow down, converting the energy used to reduce the car’s speed into power that can be stored in the battery.

Electric vehicles are designed to go the distance. The average New Yorker’s round-trip commute is less than 20 miles. Many electric vehicles have a range of 140–300 miles on a single charge.


Plug in electric vehicles at home and avoid making a detour to the gas station. If you’re on the go and need to charge up the battery, a growing number of charging stations are available in our territory—and across the country.

DC fast charging recharges your battery up to 80% in 30 minutes.

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How to Charge

See our charging guide to learn more about how and where to charge your electric car.

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