Overview

Electric vehicles (EVs) are powered by electricity rather than fuel (gasoline or diesel) and do not release any harmful emissions from the tailpipe. EVs also help reduce GHG emissions. As our electricity supply becomes cleaner, so do the electric vehicles.
One major challenge to widespread adoption of EVs by residents of dense urban neighborhoods like Cambridge is the lack of reliable access to electric vehicles supply equipment (EVSE). In other words, access to a charging station. By supporting a network of EVSE throughout Cambridge, the City can help facilitate the switch from vehicles that run on fuel to vehicles that run on electricity. Workplace and public charging also ensure EV owners will be able to charge while on longer trips.

 

% EVs

EVs as a % of Total Vehicles

To understand how many people are switching from fuel to electric powered vehicles, the City tracks the percentage of registered vehicles that are EVs.

Our Data
  • 0.07%

    Electric Vehicles

    2015

  • 0.16%

    Electric Vehicles

    2016

  • Goal

     

    Coming Soon!

Our Data
2015

0.07%

Electric Vehicles
2016

0.16%

Electric Vehicles
Coming Soon!

Goal

 
Charts & Graphs

The City uses number of EV rebates given to Cambridge residents to approximate and track how many EVs are in our community. The actual number of EVs in Cambridge is probably higher, since not everyone applies for a rebate. Also fewer EV models were eligible for rebates in 2019, which may explain the lower number of rebates issued in Cambridge.  To find out about the State rebate, go here.

Cambridge has 122 EVSEs in our City. Just under half of those are public stations. Click here to find one close to you.

Since 2014, the City has tracked the use of key publicly-accessible EVSEs in Cambridge. Both the number of charging sessions and the number of drivers have increased. The number of drivers increased by 62% between 2013 and 2016.

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The City owns charging stations that are open to the public. The City also has plans and funds to expand the EVSE network that is publicly available in City-owned parking lots.

Go Electric!

  • Buy or lease an EV at a discount!

    Drive Green with Mass Energy is a limited-time electric vehicle (EV) discount program aiming to make choosing an EV easier and more affordable for you. Anyone is eligible to participate and receive a discount to purchase or lease a wide selection of EVs at a participating dealer.

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  • Take this quiz to see if an EV is right for you!

    Sierra club created this tool to help you figure out which plug-in fits your lifestyle best!

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