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Driving into the future

As gas prices continue to rise and emissions put increasing pressure on the environment, more and more people are looking for alternative forms of transportation. And the industry is responding. In 2011 and beyond, as new all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids enter the marketplace, Avista is developing programs to support our customers as they evaluate their future electric vehicle transportation options.

When using electricity from Avista, the fuel cost for operating vehicles can be up to seven times lower than traditional gas vehicles. In addition to lower operating costs, emissions from electric vehicles are up to 60% lower than traditional gas engines.  What’s more, as an Avista customer, you can choose to participate in our voluntary renewable energy credits program, Buck-a-Block program to offset the energy you do use, and drive virtually emission free.

Supporting the Demand

For effective energy planning, it’s important to understand and respond to the impact these vehicles have on demand. In 2009, we began testing the impact of two plug-in Toyota Prius Hybrids retrofitted with additional battery capacity so the vehicles can be run entirely on electric power. We’re offsetting the demand these cars will have on our baseload with renewable power we’re generating through solar panels installed on the top of our building. These solar panels are typical residential panels produced in Washington.

For more information on Avista's energy planning process, click here.

What You Need to Know

New all-electric vehicles may have specific electric requirements, so getting your home ready is an important first step. Do you need an electric-vehicle charging station? Can your current electrical service support the added load of charging your electric vehicle? Use these tools to help gauge your needs:

What About Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicles?

As a provider of natural gas, Avista has long been aware of the benefits of CNG vehicles. To learn more about CNG and how Avista is involved in this form of alternative transportation, click here.

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