Mission & Vision
Fluctuating oil prices and growing concerns about the climate change have increased the interest in electric vehicles (EV), both all-electric and hybrid models for both personal and public transportation. The total cost of driving an EV varies greatly from one location to another, above all depending on the sources used for electricity generation. But in most countries, it is a lot cheaper to drive an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle (excluding the higher initial purchase cost).
Lower emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is another driver of the growing interest in EVs. Unlike fossil fuel-powered vehicles, the electric ones release virtually no direct emissions. Hybrids, which offer a compromise between electricity-powered vehicles and their fossil fuel counterparts, emit more greenhouse gases but in much smaller quantities than the conventional vehicles. However, it is important to mention that even vehicles that are powered exclusively by electricity are not zero-carbon. This is because the electricity used to power them comes from a number of sources including fossil fuels. But as the share of electricity generated from green sources such as wind, solar power, tidal power, etc. has increased significantly, EV (indirect) carbon emissions have dropped as well. And considering that even more electricity will be produced from renewable sources in the future, our vision is that the EVs will become more clean and environmentally friendly.
Mission of the Electric Vehicle Collaborative Center for Research and Learning is to inform the public about the many benefits of EVs over fossil fuel vehicles and encourage drivers to at least consider an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid when buying a new car. We provide free and easy access to EV-related resources including useful tips and advice on a range of things from purchasing to driving and overcoming/avoiding common issues. The goal is to demonstrate that EVs are not only an environmentally friendly and affordable but a practical alternative to the traditional means of transportation as well.