Understanding EVs

Are you considering an electric vehicle (EV)? If so, you can take advantage of zero-emission driving, a quiet driving experience, and savings from tax credits and reduced maintenance. We provide the needed information to help you see if an electric vehicle is right for you.

Benefits of Plugging In

Save Big on Fuel

No gas? No problem. Charging your vehicle is cheaper than visiting the gas station, and you can charge at home.

EV Incentives

EVs that meet high standards in efficiency are eligible for federal tax incentives, saving you money and encouraging you to make the shift. You may even discover that there are state rebates or credits that help you save even more.

Low Cost to Own

There's no need for oil changes and engine maintenance when choosing an electric vehicle. EVs require less frequent maintenance, helping you spend less on maintaining your vehicle.

Fuel Up At Home

It's possible to charge your vehicle with a home charger, charging your EV overnight and skipping the trip to a gas station.

Quick and Quiet

You can enjoy a serene driving experience when you take engine noise out of the equation. Many EVs offer nearly all the available torque on tap for impressive acceleration.

Best of Both Worlds

You can enjoy the best of both worlds with a plug-in hybrid vehicle that offers all-electric cruising and outstanding efficiency while also having the driving range and option of gas-powered performance.

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

Which EV is Right for Me?

Battery Electric

Choosing an electric battery model could be right for you if you want to eliminate your emissions, enjoy unique electric performance, and take advantage of tax credits.

Plug-in Hybrid

Many drivers choose plug-in hybrid models for their recharging battery packs, impressive efficiency, and reliable gasoline performance.

Traditional Hybrid

Not all traditional hybrid models are eligible for tax credits, but they still typically offer more than 40 MPG.

Fuel Efficient

Fuel-efficient cars tend to provide over 40 MPG but don't include electrified performance or the benefits of tax credits.

Owning an EV

Understanding Charging

Level 1

A level 1 charger lets you recharge between 3 to 5 miles an hour while using a 120-volt household outlet. You can charge at home with level 1, and most models include a level 1 charging cord standard.

Level 2

Many drivers enjoy level 2 charging as the sweet spot of convenience and speed. Depending on the charger and EV, you can replenish between 12 to 80 miles of range an hour.

Level 3

You can visit a level 3 DC fast charging station to charge up to 3 to 30 miles a minute. Select EVs offer complimentary charging plans that let you take advantage of free charging costs.

Charging at Home

You can use either level 1 or 2 chargers at your home. A level 2 charger required professional installation. Both levels let you enjoy more convenience and may even let you charge your vehicle when the electricity rates are lowest.

Battery Care

We recommend you avoid strenuous driving during temperature extremes. You can also care for your battery by avoiding overcharging past 90 percent or undercharging under 10 percent.

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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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