State Electric Vehicle Benefits

Anne Clement, Dave Cooke, Samantha Houston, David Reichmuth, Alyssa Tsuchiya, Marisa Vertrees

Published Apr 8, 2019 Updated Apr 10, 2024


The total global warming emissions from EVs—including manufacturing, driving, and disposal—are about half the emissions of a comparable gasoline car over its lifetime. As more EVs hit the road, the nation will consume less oil, which could help alleviate pollution-related health problems caused by burning gasoline and diesel fuel.

UCS analyzed these benefits state-by-state and found that:

  • Electric vehicles are cheaper than gasoline-powered cars to fuel and maintain, and incentives are available to help bring down the cost of new and used EVs
  • Transitioning our transportation system to EVs is good for the climate, good for public health, and can help create good jobs
  • Charging infrastructure is increasing and continued investment is improving access to charging
  • EVs can be a viable option for rural drivers, who tend to drive longer distances on average

Click on the links to view the benefits for each state.

Alaska | Arizona | California| Colorado | Connecticut Delaware | Georgia | Maine | Michigan | Montana | New Jersey | New Mexico | Nevada | New York | North Carolina | Ohio | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Texas | Virginia | Washington Wisconsin | West Virginia

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