Understanding EVs

Now is an excellent time to switch to an electric vehicle (EV) to take advantage of fuel and tax incentive savings. You can discover an impressive variety of electrified vehicles to consider and enjoy a unique zero-emission driving experience to change how you own and drive your next car.

Benefits of Plugging In

Save Big on Fuel

Driving electric offers significant savings compared to traditional gasoline vehicles.

EV Incentives

Incentives, rebates and other credits are available to help make driving electric more affordable.

Low Cost to Own

EV owners can expect to spend half as much on maintenance and repair (Consumer Reports)

Fuel Up At Home

Charge while you sleep, work, or at a growing number of public chargers.

Quick and Quiet

Enjoy fast and smooth acceleration, better handling, and a quieter ride.

Best of Both Worlds

Plug-in hybrids provide electric range for short trips and gas-power for longer journeys.

88%of EV owners say they charge their vehicle at home "often" or "always."

Which EV is Right for Me?

Battery Electric

When considering a battery electric car, you take advantage of a pure-electric performance with near-instant torque response and zero emissions. These models require less maintenance than traditional gasoline engines and often qualify for the most savings through tax incentives.

Plug-in Hybrid

A plug-in hybrid vehicle lets you recharge a battery pack for more efficiency and an extra boost of power. These models provide the best of both worlds with the efficiency of a battery pack and the range of a gasoline engine.

Traditional Hybrid

A traditional hybrid vehicle uses a gasoline engine and electric motor but not a battery pack. Select models may not be eligible for tax credits, but you can still enjoy reduced emissions and low-speed electric coasting.

Fuel Efficient

These gasoline-powered vehicles provide 40 MPG and above.

Owning an EV

Understanding Charging

Level 1

Level 1 charging is the most basic charging option, offering the slowest recharging times and the lowest amount of energy. Although Level 1 charging is the slowest option, with 3 to 5 miles of range charged an hour, it is also one of the most convenient. Almost all EV models come with a Level 1 charging cord, and you can use any 120-volt outlet. With these common outlets available in homes and public areas, it will be easy to charge your vehicle on the go.

Level 2

Many drivers choose Level 2 charging since it offers the sweet spot of quick charging times and convenience. Level 2 chargers can replenish battery packs with 12 to 80 miles of range, depending on the model and charger. It's possible to install a Level 2 charger at your home, and there are public charging stations.

Level 3

Level 3 is the fastest way to charge your EV's battery, but it's not always easy to access. Level 3 chargers are too expensive for home installations, but you can find them at public charging stations. It's possible to charge up to 3 to 30 miles per minute with Level 3 charging, also known as DC fast charging or supercharging.

Charging at Home

The two options you have for charging at home is Level 1 and 2 charging. Level 1 charging utilizes a 120-volt household outlet, while a professional electrician would need to install a Level 2 charger. Select models may have the option of including a Level 2 charger and also offer services that allow you to charge your vehicle when energy costs are low.

Battery Care

By taking a few steps to care for your battery, you can avoid issues later. Over- and under-charging can affect the health of your battery, so we recommend you don't charge above 90 percent or under 10 percent. You will also want to be mindful of driving your EV from a full charge to empty. Temperature extremes can also put more stress on your EV. You can keep an eye on how much you drive in hot and cold weather and ensure your battery isn't getting too low.

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Common Questions

A federal tax rebate of $7,500 is available on most EV models. Depending on where you live, state and local rebates and incentives may also be available. Check with your sales associate to find out if the model is eligible for rebates and incentives.

Other advantages of owning an EV include:

  • Eligible EVs may also qualify for HOV lane access, which are normally restricted to vehicles with multiple passengers.
  • Many electric companies offer lower rates based on the time of use. With EVs, you can save money by charging during off-peak times.
  • If you're able to charge from work or home, there's usually no need to stop to refuel like you would in a gas-powered vehicle.
  • EVs produce zero tail-pipe emissions resulting in cleaner air and better health.

This will vary depending on the local price of electricity and gas and where you are charging (at home or public charger), but most EV owners can expect to save on fuel cost. A recent Consumer Reports study found the “typical EV owner who does most of their fueling at home can expect to save an average of $800 to $1,000 a year on fueling costs over an equivalent gasoline-powered car.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/

A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly lower over the life of the vehicle – about half – than for gasoline–powered vehicles, which require regular fluid changes and are more mechanically complex. The average dollar savings over the lifetime of the vehicle is about $4,600.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/
Gas powered vehicles offer a range of 300-400mi. Battery electric vehicles offer a median range of 250mi. For EV owners who charge at home, this is more than enough for daily use. For longer drives beyond the range of your vehicle, check a public charger map for charger availability along your route.
  • Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

  • Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

  • Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.
Yes, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers can be used at home. In fact, the standard 120V outlet supports a Level 1 charger. Level 2 chargers require 240V and can be installed by a licensed electrician. If you do not own your home, you may need to work with your property owner to install a Level 2 charger.
Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number should continue to increase.

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