Episode 112: Are electric vehicles the right choice for you?

On this week’s Energy Bite, Jeremy Michalek, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Vehicle Electrification Group, tells us when electric vehicles provide the most benefit for consumers.

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HOST: Have you ever thought of purchasing a plug-in electric vehicle? Are these vehicles the right choice for you? On this week’s Energy Bite, Jeremy Michalek, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, has some answers.

MICHALEK: Plug-in electric vehicles are quiet and cheaper to refuel with no tailpipe emissions, and they can be fun to drive.

But electric vehicles may not be the right choice for everyone. They tend to be more expensive to purchase, have shorter driving range, and take longer to refuel than traditional vehicles. And you’ll need the space and the right to install a home charger if you want to charge the vehicle every night.

HOST: There’s more to that than I would have thought. When are electric vehicles a good choice?

MICHALEK: Plug-in electric vehicles offer the biggest benefits in stop-and-go driving conditions, but they lose range in extreme weather, and their environmental benefits depend on how clean the electricity grid is. So city drivers in mild-climate regions with a clean electricity grid, like San Francisco or Los Angeles can see the biggest benefits.

HOST: Is an electric vehicle a good option for you? Take our poll, see the results, and ask your energy questions at Energy Bite dot org.
Energy Bite is a co-production between 90.5 WESA and Carnegie Mellon’s’ Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

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