Technological advances have made clean vehicles feasible and affordable for a wide swath of Yolo-Solano residents. The infrastructure for electric and other alternative-fueled vehicles is expanding, and rebates and tax credits remain available for many models. Clean vehicles produce low or no ozone-forming emissions at the point of use. If more of us drove clean vehicles, our air would be cleaner all year round and especially on the smoggiest days of the summer.
Electric vehicles run completely or partially on an electric battery. Full battery electric vehicles have no on-board gas engine. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can run on full electric power with a chargeable battery, but also have on-board gas engines that extend the vehicle’s total range.
In addition to the usual car-buying considerations, the factors specific to selecting an EV model are range and charging options. Most Yolo-Solano residents have daily work commutes well within the range of available EVs, and a number of employers offer at-work charging free of charge. The charging infrastructure in California, and particularly in the Sacramento region, is ever expanding (more stations) and improving (faster charging capabilities). In addition, EV owners typically install charging stations at home. PG&E offers special rates to EV drivers who charge their vehicles overnight, when there is less demand for power.
Other Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs)
The development of additional clean vehicle technology continues. A number of compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), biofuel, fuel cell/hydrogen and other alternative fuel vehicles are available. These typically involve burning a fuel much cleaner than gasoline. In the case of fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen is a fuel source for an electric battery, which powers the vehicle.
There are a number of CNG, LNG, biofuel and hydrogen stations in Yolo-Solano communities and throughout the region. Find these stations on the U.S. Department of Energy’s mapping tool.
Gas Hybrid Vehicles
Gas hybrid vehicles offer lower emissions than common gas-powered vehicles. But these vehicles still burn gasoline and put out smog-forming pollution. Hybrid gas vehicles are roughly twice as clean as standard gas vehicles, and electric vehicles are roughly twice as clean as hybrids.
- Drive Clean: the state’s clean vehicle buyers’ guide and incentive info resource
- Take Charge Sac: a resource on buying and driving an electric vehicle in the Sacramento region
- Sacramento Clean Cities: information on clean fleets for Sacramento area (including Yolo County) agencies and businesses
- East Bay Clean Cities: information on clean fleets for Bay Area (including Solano County) agencies and businesses