We’re often asked by new readers where they should go to brush up on electric car basics, so we’re always on the lookout for new resources to recommend alongside our own guides to cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf and 2012 Chevrolet Volt.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department Of Energy uploaded a new video we just have to add to our list of recommended viewing.  

The latest in its Energy 101 series, Energy 101: Electric Vehicles is an excellent primer for anyone who has yet to experience an electric car first-hand.  Rather than dealing with make-and-model specifics, the video explains how many drivers in the U.S. are making the switch from gasoline to plug-in vehicles. 

The fast-moving video starts by asking the viewer one simple question, one we’d all struggle to answer with anything but yes: “Wouldn’t it be pretty cool to do all of your daily driving without ever having to fill up at a gas station?”

Covering some of the basic benefits to owning an electric car -- including lower maintenance costs, improved air quality, and convenience -- the video uses the DoE’s own  research to explain how and why electric cars are becoming more relevant than ever to consumers. 

U.S. DoE Video. Energy 101: Electric Vehicles

U.S. DoE Video. Energy 101: Electric Vehicles

Energy 101: Electric Vehicles also promotes the technology behind electric cars, explaining how smartphone technologies and electric cars combine to make everyone’s lives a little easier. 

Although the video features cameo appearances from the  2011 Tesla Roadster, 2012 Coda Sedan, 2012 Nissan Leaf, 2012 Chevrolet Volt and 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, it isn’t a sales video. 

In fact, none of the cars featured are identified by name in the film. 

While many of our more seasoned electric car fans won’t find any new information in this video, we think this particular U.S. DoE video would make an excellent primer for anyone from the ages of 8 upwards who is keen to learn more about plug-in cars. 


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