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Electric Vehicles, a Smart Transportation Choice

Electric Vehicles (EV) Cost Less To Operate Than Gas Powered Cars
EV operation can be three to five times cheaper than gasoline and diesel powered cars, depending on your local gasoline and electric rates.

EVs Are Environmentally Friendly
EVs have no tailpipe emissions. Salem Electric purchases its power from the Bonneville Power Administration, 85% which is carbon-free renewable hydropower.

Never Go To The Gas Station Again
Electric vehicles do not require gasoline and can be charged at home with a standard 120V outlet or a 240V level 2 charger can be installed for faster, more efficient charging.

EV Performance Benefits
Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation, stronger acceleration and require less maintenance than gasoline-powered internal combustion engines.

EV Driving Range & Recharge Time
EV range is typically around 80 to over 330 miles on a full charge. The average American’s daily round-trip commute is less than 30 miles. Fully recharging the battery pack can take four to eight hours. A "fast charge" to 80% capacity can take 30 min.*

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How to purchase an EV

Purchasing an EV is a little different than purchasing a gas-powered vehicle. It is important to understand key elements, such as vehicle range-per-charge and how tax credits work. Here are the typical steps you can take when considering an EV:

Salem Electric is Dedicated to Clean Air

This website is designed to provide you with information about electric vehicles and to help shape a healthy electric vehicle marketplace. The Northwest is an ideal place to own an EV as much of our power comes from hydroelectric and renewable energy sources. That means that when you drive an EV you are trading your fossil fuels (gasoline and diesel) for energy coming from dams, wind farms and in some cases solar power. While some of the electricity in the NW comes from coal and natural gas burning power plants and nuclear facilities, when you choose EV, you're likely using less fossil fuel than a traditional gas powered car.

*Source: U.S. Department of Energy