The future of transportation is electric. Adding an electric vehicle (EV) to your garage can save you money, help you become more environmentally responsible and simply give you a better driving experience. Plus, charging at home is easy and inexpensive – and your utility will help you get started.
The future of transportation is electric. Adding an EV to your garage can save you money, help you become more environmentally responsible and simply give you a better driving experience. Plus, charging at home is easy and inexpensive – and your utility will help you get started.
Installing a Level 2 home charger is much like installing the wiring for a clothes dryer or other heavy appliance – it needs a 240-volt source. Most homeowners hire an electrician for this, and it can usually be done in a few hours. A Level 2 charger can refill a standard 60-kW EV battery in about 6-8 hours. That means you can plug in, go to sleep and have a fully charged car in the morning.
Your utility may offer incentives for the installation of home charging equipment (often $500-$1,000) on the off-peak program. That helps you take advantage of a super-low electric rate – less expensive than traveling on gas.
In exchange for the lower rate of the off-peak program, electric vehicle charging is limited to certain hours:
At the standard electric rate, most electric vehicles can be fully recharged for about $8. For consumers who participate in the off-peak charging program, it costs about 65 cents to drive an electric vehicle the same distance that an average car can go on a gallon of gasoline.
Electric vehicles do not require oil changes, because no oil is used to run the engine. They do not require air filters, spark plugs, timing belts or many other parts that need occasional replacement in a gasoline car.
EV motors are nearly silent and provide smooth (and incredibly fast) acceleration, as there are no shifting gears. With a heavy battery creating a low center of gravity, EVs handle curves and turns like a dream.
EVs release no tailpipe emissions, creating cleaner air in your community.
Check with your utility on program restrictions and additional rebates.