An Online User’s Guide for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
If you have questions about electric-drive cars, then you’ve come to the right place. Think of this section as an online user’s guide. You’ll learn how the cars work; how to refuel them; and how they’ll impact the environment and the electric grid.
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The longest journey begins with a single step. Take yours into the world of plug-in cars by reading our introductory articles. Plain English answers to the essential questions.
So, you're convinced that an EV or PHEV is going to be your next ride - at least in theory. Check out our articles to help you understand the economic and practical realities of buying and owning a plug-in hybrid or electric car.
- Seven Things to Know about Buying a Plug-in Car
- Five Basic Rules about EV Public Charging
- The Ultimate Guide to Car Charging Networks
- Eight Factors Determining Total Cost of Ownership of an Electric Car
- Quick Guide to Buying Your First Home EV Charger
- Federal and Local Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
- Plug-in Economics
- Measuring Efficiency in a Battery-Powered Car
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New to EVs? Start here
What Is An Electric Car?
Before we get going, let's establish basic definitions.
A Quick Guide to Plug-in Hybrids
Some plug-in cars have back-up engines to extend driving range.
Electric Cars Pros and Cons
EVs are a great solution for most people. But not everybody.
Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
Federal and Local Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
Eight Factors Determining Total Cost of Ownership of an Electric Car
EVs get bad rap as expensive. Until you look at TCO.
Quick Guide to Buying Your First Home EV Charger
You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.
Electric Car Utility Rate Plans: Top Five Rules
With the right utility plan, electric fuel can be dirt cheap.
The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks
If you plan to charge in public, you'll want to sign up for charging network membership (or two).
Eight Rules of Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
Thou shalt charge only when necessary. And other rules to live by.