Electric vehicles: Basics & benefits

Close up image of an electric car plugged in

Driving forward

Plug-in electric vehicles can decrease our dependence on oil, cut carbon emissions and reduce fuel costs. Find out if an EV is right for you.

What is an electric vehicle?

Plug-in electric vehicle is the technical term to describe all vehicles that have a battery that can be charged or plugged-in to an electrical outlet. But the more common term, and the one you’ll see throughout this section, is EV.

Types of electric vehicles

A comparison of types of motor vehicles [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Benefits of owning an electric vehicle

  • A plug-in car uses little or no gasoline, reducing or eliminating tailpipe emissions and greenhouse gases.
  • When electricity is your fuel, you save about 75 per cent on fuel costs.
  • Because they have fewer moving parts, EVs often require less maintenance.
  • Unlike gas-powered vehicles, an EV can accelerate quickly with very little sound.
  • EVs replace imported oil with reliable and more affordable electricity produced in B.C.
Information, facts, and details on electric vehicles in British Columbia [PDF, 761 KB]