Electric vehicles in the Granite State

Date: March 02, 2022

At the onset of winter, explorers Eric and Allison of @EndlessAdventure, a husband-and-wife duo traveling around the country, took a road trip through New Hampshire and put the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle (EV) to the test. The couple started their adventure with a visit to Portsmouth, touring many of the EV-friendly businesses around town while charging up the EV at public charging stations located conveniently in and around the City. The couple then set off to the White Mountains to test the all-wheel-drive and full-torque features of the EV, taking advantage of charging stations located at attractions along the way.

This road trip showcases the EV lifestyle by spotlighting the destinations and hidden gems that you can get to in an EV. Many of the businesses featured in the video are part of Destination Electric, which highlights businesses and destinations with EV charging stations located nearby. Destination Electric is a signature program of the EV Awareness Campaign “Drive Change. Drive Electric.”

Drive Change. Drive Electric. (DCDE) is a public-private partnership between Northeast states and major automakers. New Hampshire is one of the participating states and NHDES is a member of the Steering Committee supporting the creation and development of campaign concepts. DCDE is a great source for exploring EV models and keeping up to date with the latest EV news. Check out the video of Eric and Allison’s adventure, and go along for the ride.

Spring into New Knowledge About EVs!

The number of EVs on our roads is growing year over year. In 2021, U.S. EV sales surpassed half a million doubling their share to over 4.5 percent of the car market (International Energy Agency). Charging stations are also becoming more accessible, with tens of thousands of locations available to the public nationwide.

In addition to handling winter conditions and cold temperatures, EVs have benefits to offer year-round, including regenerative braking and impressive torque: Regenerative braking is a mechanism in which the EV battery is recharged by the force of braking, which allows for more energy to be conserved while driving. In traditional gas-powered vehicles, energy is simply lost during deceleration (AFDC).

Torque is a component of an engine’s power generation, which determines how quickly a car accelerates. EVs have the advantage of being able to carefully control torque from a standing start, compared to gas-powered cars that have zero torque at zero RPM and have to be revved up to start moving (Plug In America).

Chances are, you’re noticing more and more EVs on New Hampshire’s roads and EV charging stations in your community. The Granite State Clean Cities Coalition, a program hosted by NHDES and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), works with stakeholders around the state to promote and implement clean transportation projects. EVs are a great solution to achieving GSCCC’s goals of reducing transportation emissions. Learn more about EVs on the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center website.