Electric Vehicles

Driving an electric vehicle is a powerful way to keep Alameda green. Your carbon footprint will shrink by half when you swap a gas-powered car for an electric model because the greenhouse gas emissions from electricity are lower than those from gasoline.

If you’re ready to fight climate change and reduce air pollution by driving an electric vehicle, you’ll discover there is a lot to learn about the vehicles available on the market, how to charge your car, and how to take advantage of rebates. View the presentation from the latest forum (PDF) for more information.

Why Electric Vehicles Are Greener

Transportation contributes nearly 40 percent of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California – more than any other economic sector. The stakes are even higher in Alameda, where transportation emissions are half of all GHG emissions. Transportation emissions include those coming from gasoline-powered tailpipes.

Electric vehicles are cleaner than gas vehicles, with lower emissions of pollution. The greenhouse gas emissions due to electricity are comparatively low and trending even lower as more carbon-neutral energy is added to our power mix. Fueling up with electricity instead of gas means fewer overall greenhouse gas emissions in California. Electric vehicles also reduce overall air pollution.

Electricity vs Gasoline

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reported that, as of March 2018, the average price of a gallon of conventional gasoline was $3.36. The comparative electric gallon in California was only $1.68 - half that of gasoline.

Electric Vehicles on the Market Today

A full electric vehicle runs on 100 percent electricity. Plug-in hybrids are designed to give drivers the ability to use electricity or gas to power their cars. For example, a Nissan Leaf is a 100 percent electric vehicle, while a Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid

What's Available

The California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project provides a list of electric vehicles that are on the market and qualify for state rebates. View the list.

Carpool Lane Access Stickers

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) maintains a full list of qualifying vehicles and a list of frequently asked questions. Please consult the CARB website before purchasing your new vehicle. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues the sticker for $22.