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Rethink Energy: Drive Electric Arlington

This regularly scheduled sponsored column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment.

Here on the Rethink Energy team, we are big fans of all modes of transit that eliminate single occupant vehicles. Walking, biking, scooting and public transit are all amazing.

Still, we’ve got to get from where we are to where we need to go sometimes with kids, to pick something up or otherwise — and we need a car to do it.

More and more electric cars are popping up in Arlington. The electrification of transportation is a key piece of reaching Arlington’s goal of carbon neutrality.

Electric cars now drive farther, charge faster and come in nearly every price range. Maintenance is simpler and cheaper. Just imagine no oil changes — ever! “Refueling” is as simple as plugging into an electrical outlet, and you’ll spend less than you do on gasoline to charge your vehicle.

Charging stations continue to pop up in Arlington, and incentives are available to help reduce the cost of your electric vehicle (EV) purchase.

Learn about charging, incentives, and more on our Drive Electric Arlington webpage.

EV Fun Facts:

  • The first electric vehicle was created in 1832, and Thomas Edison worked on an electric car battery in 1899. In the early 1900s, New York City taxis were primarily electric.
  • The longer you own your EV, the cleaner it is to use. Unlike gasoline vehicles that degrade in fuel efficiency over time, EVs use electricity from the electric grid that is getting cleaner all of the time with the addition of renewable energy sources of power like solar and wind.
  • If you install solar on your home, you essentially own a “gas station” for your EV. You’ll be driving on sunshine!

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