Understanding EVs

Understanding EVs

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular by the day, and you will discover it's for good reason when you understand their benefits. You can enjoy unique savings with federal tax credits and lower maintenance costs. Electric vehicles provide impressive driving experiences with quick acceleration, quiet driving, and zero emissions. Learn more about EVs to see if one could be right for you.

Benefits of Plugging In

Save Big on Fuel

You won't have to worry about rising gas prices since recharging EVs is less expensive.

EV Incentives

Federal EV tax credits are available to help you save money while encouraging you to reduce your emissions. These incentives may not last forever, making now an excellent time to consider an EV.

Low Cost to Own

Not only can you avoid gas costs, but EVs require less maintenance than their gasoline counterparts. You can save time and money without services like oil changes and transmission flushing.

Fuel Up At Home

Driving an EV means charging from the comfort of your home for more convenience.

Quick and Quiet

Without the noise of a gasoline engine, you can enjoy a calm driving experience. However, you can still enjoy an exciting performance with EVs offering near-instant torque response.

Best of Both Worlds

You won't have to choose between exceptional efficiency and gasoline dependability when choosing a plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV).

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

Which EV is Right for Me?

Battery Electric

Choosing a battery electric car is an excellent choice for taking advantage of the maximum tax credits values and enjoying the all-electric benefits of an EV, including quick acceleration, quiet driving, and less maintenance.

Plug-in Hybrid

Driving a plug-in hybrid vehicle lets you recharge your battery pack at stations and home. The gasoline engine can be used as needed to supplement your driving needs.

Traditional Hybrid

When selecting a traditional hybrid, you may find it is not eligible for tax credits. However, you can still expect up to 40 MPG and a rechargeable battery pack.

Fuel Efficient

Some fuel-efficient models provide up to 40 MPG but do not qualify for tax credits.

Owning an EV

Understanding Charging

Level 1

Level 1 charging is the most basic and accessible option. You can charge between 3 to 5 miles of battery replenishment per hour and use a standard 120-volt household outlet.

Level 2

Many drivers choose level 2 charging for speed and convenience. Depending on the charger and EV, it can recharge 12 to 80 miles an hour. You can charge at stations or if you have a home charger.

Level 3

Level 3 charging, also known as DC fast charging, lets you charge your EV the fastest. It offers up to 3 to 30 miles per minute. You may find your EV has a program that lets you charge a certain amount for free.

Charging at Home

You can choose between level 1 or 2 charging at home. While level 1 charging only requires a 120-volt outlet, a level 2 home charger requires professional installation. Not only is home-charging convenient, but there are opportunities to charge your EV when the electricity rates are low for extra savings.

Battery Care

We recommend you avoid charging your battery under 10 percent or over 90 percent. You can also be careful when driving in temperature extremes to avoid quickly depleting your battery.

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Common Questions

A federal tax credit 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.


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.

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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