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FAQs

About Electric Cars

What's the difference between a BEV, a PHEV, and an HEV?

BEVs, PHEVs, and HEVs are all vehicles that have an electric battery. However, not all three are actually considered "EVs"! Learn more here.

Are there electric car tax credits or rebates that I can take advantage of?

Yes! Federal incentives can cut your costs by up to $7,500 on top of the impressive discounts offered through Electrify Your Ride VA. Learn about these incentives and how to take advantage of them here.

What are the ranges of electric cars?

Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) generally have a range of 10-53 miles per electric charge, plus a back-up gas tank. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) generally have a range of 100-250 miles per electric charge. You can see the range of all the vehicles in our program here.

What are the environmental impacts of electric cars?

Learn all about electric cars and the environment on our Environment page.

How does charging work?

You can charge your vehicle at home, at work, and/or on the go! Learn all about charging on our Charging page.

How will charging an electric car impact my electricity bill?

It depends upon how much you drive. In general, your electricity will go up by less than your gasoline bill will go down. Learn more about consumer savings here.

What servicing do these vehicles need?

Each model will have a different maintenance schedule. Generally, they will occasionally need a tire rotation and battery inspection, brake fluid flush, and an cabin air filter replacement. Overall, you can expect to cut your maintenance bill for your vehicle substantially! Learn more on our Consumer Benefits page.

Is it more expensive to insure an electric car?

No, but you can check with your insurance agent to get further advice.

What if I run out of power on the road?

This is highly unlikely because the cars come with an accurate range estimator. It will estimate how many more miles you have on the charge. The cars might also come with 3 years of free 24/7 roadside assistance. If necessary, you could get a tow to the nearest charging station.

About Electrify Your Ride VA

What is Electrify Your Ride VA?

Electrify Your Ride is an electric car discount program being offered by nonprofit Green Energy Consumers Alliance and participating dealerships, in collaboration with Virginia Clean Cities and Generation180. Discounts on select electric vehicle models are offered through our website. View the cars & deals.

Who qualifies for Electrify Your Ride VA discounts?

Anyone is welcome to take advantage of Electrify Your Ride discounts.

How do I participate?

You must sign up here and then work with the dealers you selected to make your purchase or lease. Once you sign up, the dealers will call you and it is up to you to follow up, ask questions, test drive, and secure the final price with the dealer when you buy or lease.

Note: The discounts offered will change on a monthly basis.

How did you choose the vehicles and dealers that are part of the program?

We focus on cars that are affordable and have good to excellent ranges. We regularly send out invitations to many dealers in Virginia. Those dealers that offer good prices and commit to providing good service to our referrals are chosen for the program.

What about Tesla?

Many people have heard about the impressive cars being sold by Tesla. In our view, Tesla is a very important carmaker. However, Tesla does not offer cars at discounts through programs like Electrify Your Ride VA. We encourage you to consider the cars offered through our program. 

Who is Green Energy Consumers Alliance?

Green Energy Consumers Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization doing business primarily in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where it first launched the Drive Green program in November 2016. Our mission is to harness our power as energy consumers to speed the transition to a low-carbon future. In 2019, Virginia Clean Cities and Generation180 contracted with Green Energy Consumers to bring the program to Virginia.

Who is Virginia Clean Cities?

Virginia Clean Cities is a statewide nonprofit coalition working with state, federal, corporate, and individual stakeholders to advance air quality improvement, economic opportunity, and energy security through deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, education programs, and other petroleum reduction activities. 

Who is Generation180?

Generation180 is a nationally-focused, Virginia-based nonprofit committed to inspiring, empowering, and equipping everyday people to take action on clean energy in their homes and communities. 

Why are Virginia Clean Cities and Generation180 collaborating with Green Energy Consumers on this program?

In order to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future, Virginia Clean Cities and Generation180 have partnered with Green Energy Consumers to help drive awareness and adoption of electric vehicles within Virginia. 

Are there any legal disclaimers I should know about?

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