Electricity is a domestically produced transportation fuel that will transform our nation’s transportation sector. Today, the technology and infrastructure exist to promote transportation applications that move both people and goods using electricity as a fuel. This new generation of electric transportation will help the nation enter an era of clean transportation and reduce its dependence on foreign oil. Diversifying the transportation sector’s fuel mix also will enhance U.S. energy and economic security.
By the end of 2013, more than 150,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and all-electric vehicles had been sold in the United States. PEVs have the potential to help transform the nation’s transportation fleet. Powered by electricity made from domestic energy sources, PEVs provide customers with an economical alternative to “filling up” gasoline-dependent vehicles.
Like current hybrids, PEVs use battery power in addition to an internal combustion engine. However, unlike traditional hybrids, PEVs do not depend on gasoline to recharge their batteries. Instead, PEVs are plugged in to the existing electricity system, using a standard electrical outlet to recharge the car batteries. Owners can recharge their batteries overnight, using lower-cost, off-peak electricity.
The Electric Generation
The Electric Generation is a campaign that represents electric utilities' commitment to the widespread adoption of electricity as a transportation fuel. It taps into the passion and excitement of those who are already driving electric, amplifying their voices and carrying forth the message that electricity makes driving better.
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