The three electric vehicle (EV) types share many of the same benefits over gas-powered cars, including drastically reduced fuel and maintenance costs and access to the carpool (HOV) lane as a single driver. Two types, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), never need oil changes, new spark plugs or smog checks. And, all EVs offer regenerative braking which utilizes the motor to slow the vehicle rather than the brake pads, extending the brake system lifespan and transferring braking energy to the battery to extend driving range. There are a host of other features that result in minimal maintenance for all EV types.
Zero or Reduced Trips to the Gas Pump – With BEVs, gas station visits are a thing of the past. Even with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), you can greatly reduce stops for gas as most Californians commute within their vehicle’s electric range. Most drivers charge their vehicles at home overnight and wake up to a full charge every morning. With the growing availability of workplace and public charging stations, you will never be far from a charge. Online maps and downloadable apps assist with locating public charging wherever you go.
For Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) – Fueling is like that of a gasoline vehicle with hydrogen stations typically located in urban areas. Refueling takes as little as 3-5 minutes. All you do is swipe the fueling card that comes with your vehicle and fill up. Find hydrogen stations.
Clean Air Vehicle Decal – EVs qualify for the Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) decal, allowing single-occupant EV drivers to use HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes to bypass heavy freeway traffic, access FasTrak facilities, and receive discounts on toll roads and bridges. CAV decals are valid until January 1, 2024 for vehicles issued the orange decal. Check the DMV website to stay up to date on HOV decals.