Published on July 21st, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan1
Electric Car Guide From Sierra Club Updated & Improved
July 21st, 2015 by Zachary Shahan
Originally published on Gas2.
While I focus a lot of attention on the electric vehicle consumer benefits of instant torque and convenience, another huge benefit is of course that they’re greener than gasmobiles and diesel cars. That is of course the reason why nonprofit organizations like the Sierra Club support their adoption.
The Sierra Club’s latest work in support of the EV revolution is an updated electric vehicle guide that shares government and utility incentives for the various electric cars on the US market.
“The updated online EV Guide features six new electric vehicles (totalling over 20 models) and an updated EV consumer incentives database, all searchable by zip code,” the Sierra Club wrote in a press release sent my way.
“The guide’s Pick-a-Plug-In quiz uses questions such as ‘How many miles do you drive in a day,’ and ‘What is your maximum budget’ to match users with the right electric vehicle for their needs. The searchable zipcode feature identifies what rebates, tax credits, EV charging incentives, utility programs, and discounts are available in each user’s community.”
I’ve noticed it also prominently displays a nifty little “Myths vs Reality” button that rightly debunks some common anti-EV myths. Worth a read and 10 shares, imho.
The Sierra Club also highlights new EV incentives for low-income households in California, as well as “a new initiative that offers small business owners and landlords rebates of up to 15 percent for installing electric vehicle charging stations.” But it isn’t all about California.
“Connecticut began providing an immediate rebate at the dealership of up to $3,500 when you purchase or lease an electric car; Tennessee surprised quite a few people and initiated its own EV rebate program; and Great River Electric of Minnesota now offers a program that guarantee customers 100 percent wind power to charge their EVs for no additional cost,” the Sierra Club noted.
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t even know what EVs are on the market, let alone the fact that many of them could save a lot of money driving electric, that electric cars are much more enjoyable to drive, and that electric cars are often much more convenient. But here’s another opportunity to help educate them!
“The electric car market moves at an incredible pace, with several new models coming on to the market each year. This newly updated EV guide sifts through the cars and incentives available to find the perfect match for people’s specific needs,” said Gina Coplon-Newfield, director of Sierra Club’s Electric Vehicles Initiative. “The increasing number of models, mile ranges and price tags of electric cars on the market is not only good for the consumer, but is good for our planet as well. With significantly lower emissions than traditional vehicles, a switch to electric vehicles helps reduce our dependence on dirty fuels and reduce our carbon footprint. Our newly updated electric vehicle guide not only lets the users pick out the right car for their families, but the right car for the planet, too.”
Though, I have to say that the “Pick A Plug-In” part of the EV guide could use a little work. After I went through the short quiz, it recommended various versions of the Tesla Model S (70D, 85D, and P85D), the Chevy Spark EV, the Kia Soul EV, the Volkswagen e-Golf, the Honda Accord Plug-in, and the Toyota Prius Plug-in. Knowing the cars on the market very well, I would strongly consider the Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, and Chevy Volt, while I’m not at all interested in the Honda Accord Plug-in or Toyota Prius Plug-in. I’m also not interested in the Chevy Spark EV, but I think that’s mostly for styling reasons — and how could the Sierra Club know that.
So, maybe more work to be done on the backend to make the quiz results better, but overall, this EV Guide is superb, so check it out and share it with friends and family!