Plug-in Electric Vehicles
Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs)*, which are growing in popularity, enable drivers to take advantage of a new vehicle technology that can save energy and money, while having a positive impact on our environment and economy. Powered by electricity, these vehicles are recharged at home* or at public charging stations at a fraction of the current price of gasoline. In addition, the widespread use of PEVs offers a step forward in clean transportation and energy independence.
Increased use of PEVs provides energy independence as we reduce our nation’s need to import oil to fuel gasoline-powered vehicles.
FirstEnergy has been involved in a number of research initiatives with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and others to ensure that this vehicle technology will be compatible with the electric grid.
Why Drive a PEV?
While the initial cost of purchasing a PEV may be higher than gasoline-fueled vehicles, PEVs operate at a lower fuel cost, averaging between $1.00 to $1.50 per gallon* on an equivalent basis to conventional vehicles.
PEVs are lower in emissions than gasoline-powered vehicles, which helps reduce the amount of gases – such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides – being released into the environment.