Sustainable Putnam

Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Fossil fueled, internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles are outdated inefficient, and one Putnam’s most significant causes of climate change. While electric vehicle (EV) purchase prices are currently higher than ICE vehicles, EVs are less expensive to own and operate over their useful life. See below for a fuller explanation of lifetime costs. A rapid shift to clean, renewable electric vehicles will improve your health, save money, and help to reverse global warming.

Make your next car a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or fully electric vehicle. You’ll spend less on transportation over the vehicle’s life, breathe cleaner air, reduce your carbon footprint, and spend virtually no time at gas stations and repair shops. Internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles have roughly 2,000 moving parts. Moving parts break. That’s why they require maintenance and repair. That costs money and time at the repair shop. Electric vehicles have only about 20 moving parts. They have no engines, no engine oil, no transmissions, and no exhaust systems. Over the life of a vehicle, EVs require a small fraction of the maintenance required by ICE vehicles. Learn more on our Electric Vehicle page.Putnam Valley resident Judy Allen, with her all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV. In 2022, this 260 mile range EV can be purchased for as little as $27,000.

Putnam Valley resident Judy Allen, with her all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV. In 2022, this 260 mile range EV can be purchased for as little as $27,000.

Learn More and Plan your Purchase

Transportation is the single largest sector of carbon emissions for most residents in our region: more than home heating, electricity, food, or waste. If you purchase an EV or eliminate an ICE vehicle from your household, the positive impacts you’ll create for our air quality, health, and climate will be immediate and dramatic. We Americans drive a lot. With internet-based technology, such as video conferencing, we can dramatically reduce the environmental impact, as well as the time and money we spend sitting in a vehicle, and spend more time enjoying the company of friends, family, neighbors, and the natural world.

This graph illustrates the decreasing level of CO2 emissions between types of automobiles from a large SUV at 8 tons/year, all the way down to 0 emissions for an EV.

Actions

  • Educate yourself by using the resource links above.
  • Write a Replacement Plan for your ICE vehicle so that you’re prepared to purchase your first EV. This planning document will help you get started.