Electric vehicles (EVs) are an important transportation option. By utilizing electric power instead of gasoline or diesel fuel, EVs are another means for reaching City goals for reducing community fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Electric Vehicle Strategy (EV Strategy), completed in 2019, is an action plan. It contains 26 different actions targeted for the City and its partners to take in order to achieve the City's goal that 50% of all cars in Eugene be electric by 2030, and 90% by 2050.
Actions in the EV Strategy fall into four main categories:
Increasing Charging Infrastructure Installation and Access
Direct and Supporting Efforts to Convert Fleet Vehicles, Personal Vehicles, and Shared Mobility Options to Electric
Conducting Education and Outreach to the Community
Establishing Targeting and Tracking Metrics
The EV Strategy compliments the City's Climate Action Plan 2.0 by outlining a set of actions needed to assist in reaching Eugene's community-wide climate recovery goals. Increasing adoption rates of EVs will not solely achieve the City's climate recovery goals, but it is an important and necessary piece of the larger puzzle.
Benefits of EVs
Driving an EV can save you money on maintenance, repair, and fuel.
Because EVs have fewer moving parts than traditional vehicles, the components experience less wear and tear and require less repair and maintenance.
Additionally, EVs don’t have engines, and don’t require tune-ups or oil changes.
EVs are also cheaper to fuel than traditional vehicles. In 2020, the average EV owner spent approximately $550 on the electricity needed for EV Charging. By comparison, the average fossil fuel powered vehicle owner spent approximately $1250 on gas.
Driving an EV also reduces your GHG emissions substantially.
In Eugene, transportation accounts for 53% of local GHG emissions.
The typical passenger vehicle emits 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. By comparison, an EV emits zero tons of carbon dioxide.
With hybrid vehicles it is more difficult to calculate the amount of carbon dioxide emitted, however emissions are still substantially lower than traditional vehicles.
Nationally, electric power generation is the second largest contributor to human-generated GHGs due to the burning of coal and natural gas to generate electricity. In Eugene we are fortunate that only 2% of energy generated by EWEB comes from fossil fuels, whereas nearly 80% comes from clean hydropower.
The distance today's EV models can travel on one full charge is typically between 100 and 300 miles. Lack of direct access to an EV charger, however, can serve as a significant barrier to people considering buying an EV, especially those who are renters. The City, in conjunction with partners like EWEB, is continuously exploring ways to address this issue, including implementing actions identified in the EV Strategy.
Image Source: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp
Public Charging Stations
EV drivers can park and charge their vehicles at several parking facilities operated by the City (map) including:
Downtown Public Library parking garage at 100 West 10th Avenue
Broadway South Garage at Charnelton Street and West Broadway
Overpark parking garage at 10th and Oak Street
Parcade parking garage at 8th and Willamette Street
Amtrak Train Depot surface lot at Willamette and 5th Avenue