Electric Vehicle Facts
Is an electric vehicle right for you?
Is your daily commute under 300 miles?
Today's EV have an average range of between 175 and 220 miles with some models easily obtaining a 300+ mile range. There is likely an affordable EV model that will fit your needs for daily commutes and even road trips!
Longer road trips in EVs are possible today using the growing network of DC fast chargers across the country.
Do you have off-street parking at your home?
Plug-in electric vehicles require charging. All electric cars can charge on a standard 120V outlet using a cable supplied with the vehicle. Level 2 chargers can also be installed in your garage or driveway for faster charging using a 240V connection similar to a household dryer. These chargers also have optional features such as WIFI connectivity which allows for scheduling of charging as well as monitoring usage.
Do you want to save money AND pollute less?
Charging an EV at home costs less than half as much as fueling a conventional car. EVs also have no tailpipe emissions in electric mode and almost 50% less NOX emissions, even when including electric generating emissions.
Types of EVsThere are various types of EVs available; these are the three most common:
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) – BEVs run entirely on electricity and do not produce any emissions.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) – PHEVs have a both an electric motor and a gas powered engine. The battery can be charged like a BEV however once the battery is depleted the gasoline engine turns on to propel the vehicle. These are great for commuting to work on all electric power!
Traditional Hybrid vehicle – Like PHEVs these vehicles have both an electric motor and gasoline engine. However these vehicles do not plug in to charge the electric drivetrain, and they very often come with very good fuel economy when compared to a traditional vehicle.
The range of an EV is like the size of its "gas tank." This is how far the vehicle will travel before it needs to be recharged. Many EVs are charged daily so think of leaving home each day with a "full tank!" The average range of today's EV are around 220 miles with some reaching more than 300 miles on a single charge.
Vehicle Charging Options
Level 1 Charging
Provides about 5 miles of range per hour of charge and is provided with every new EV. These allow the vehicle to be charged using a standard 120V outlet and no other special equipment is required.
Level 2 Charging
Provides up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge. Commonly found at workplaces or can be added at your home using a 220V outlet (dryer plug) to speed up charging times.
DC Fast-Charging (DCFC)
DCFCs can provide up to an 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes. These are typically found along major highway corridors.