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Test drive an electric car and you'll be amazed at how fun they are to drive

Every year the electric cars on the market get better: battery life gets longer, the efficiency gets better, more options are available, range gets further and the choice to go electric becomes more and more obvious. Commit to making your next car electric!

An all electric Chevy Bolt.
Electric cars lined up for a car show.

Buying or leasing an electric vehicle (or plug in hybrid) can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint. EVs are quiet, clean, and zippy. You’ll save money, experience cleaner air, and enjoy the experience. Every year the electric cars on the market get better: battery life gets longer (meaning you can drive more miles on a single charge) and more electric models are available. Commit to making your next car electric!

 

Learn more about the benefits of EV ownership, find out about new models, increasing ranges, local charging options and enticing incentives or rebates available to help you make the transition to 100% clean driving by reading our EV resources.

The charging port of an electric vehicle.

Learn more about charging your electric vehicle.

An electric school bus

It’s time to transition Bedford Central School District and Katonah Lewisboro School District to Electric School Buses

Why?

  • They’re healthier – They don’t expose riders and the public to harmful carbon monoxide fumes which cause asthma, cancer and heart disease (more on the health issue here)
  • They’re safe – Built and tested by the same standards as any other school bus on the road. 
  • Save money – Switching from a diesel bus to an electric bus can reduce the fueling costs of a vehicle by over 40%
  • They’re quieter – So the bus driver can more easily communicate with the passengers
  • Their batteries can be used as back-up in the event of a power failure
  • And they’re as environmentally friendly as the energy source used to charge them!

Sign our petition to support electric school buses in Bedford and learn more with our Electric Bus FAQ.

Bedford family standing next to their electric vehicle.

There are many ways to improve the performance of your combustion engine vehicle. Increasing your MPG will help decrease your gas bills and the amount of fuel needed. Less gallons consumed is better for the environment!

Each year, U.S. cars and trucks consume more than 6 billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline without even moving. Idling cars is responsible for roughly half of that fuel. Do your part and turn off your engine when you aren’t driving.

Fast facts

  • 10 seconds of idling uses about the same amount of fuel as restarting your engine
  • 12 million gallons of fuel is wasted by idling in the US every day
  • Even in cold weather, engines only need 30 seconds to warm up
  • Pollutants and toxic gases from tailpipe emissions exacerbate asthma and other respiratory diseases, especially in children and worsen climate change as well
  • Idling for one hour burns nearly one gallon of gasoline. Idling your vehicle for just 10 minutes can use as much fuel as it takes to travel 5 miles

Why Care About Idling?

  • Idling is expensive. An idling car wastes up to .5 gallon per hour; a medium-duty truck may waste even more. While individual episodes may be small, the cumulative impacts of idling are large. 
  • Idling pollutes. Each gallon of fuel burned emits about 20 lbs. of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
  • Idling threatens health. Tailpipe emissions contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, which can damage lungs. 
  • Idling can be against the law. Idling laws differ by location, vehicle type/weight, fuel type, and outside temperature.

What Can YOU Do About Idling? 

  • You can be aware. Turn off vehicles when not moving. When available, use waiting rooms at depots and assembly areas instead of idling.
  • You can educate drivers. Adopt an idling reduction policy. Ask drivers to make a pledge to reduce idling. Host an idling reduction workshop or driver training sessions. Post signs to remind drivers not to idle at your facility.
People carpooling, a great way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while driving.

IMAGE COURTESY OF DIDS, PEXELS

Carpooling just twice a week can keep 1,600 pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air every year. Consider carpooling with friends and family when going to activities. 511 Rideshare is a great option to meet commuters headed your way.