EV Benefits

You’d be surprised how many great reasons there are to own an electric vehicle. Discover the myriad electric vehicle benefits below.

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Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) vehicles have reduced tailpipe emissions. Battery Electric (BEV) vehicles have none at all. With more of them on our streets, we’ll have a reduction in pollution and smog. That will have significant health benefits, particularly in denser and environmentally disadvantaged parts of our state.

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You’d be surprised at how nice it is to drive a vehicle that doesn’t go “vroom.” Many EV owners find their daily commute to be less stressful.

If you live near a busy roadway, wouldn’t you prefer it if every vehicle on the road made little or no noise?

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Electric motors are a time-tested technology with few moving parts. That means an EV’s powertrain generally requires little maintenance, is highly efficient, and doesn’t require an oil change.

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Electric motors react quickly, delivering plenty of acceleration the moment you need it. That’s helpful when pulling onto a freeway, passing another vehicle, or taking off from a stoplight. No wonder electric vehicles are so much fun to drive.

Free HOV lane access in California for the top-rated electric vehicles

Because California wants more electric vehicles on our roads, the state encourages their purchase by offering free access for some EVs to carpool lanes, regardless of the number of occupants.

Learn more about HOV stickers, eligible vehicles and application instructions.


Even if you charge an EV with electricity generated by fossil fuels, it releases fewer greenhouse gasses into the environment. That reduces our reliance on petroleum products because it uses this energy so efficiently. As more renewable energy sources become available, total EV emissions will approach zero.

Want to do your part to help our environment? Read about our goals for the future and check out what your local California communities are doing to contribute.