Electric Vehicle Charging Overview

Electric vehicles (EVs) can travel farther than ever on a single charge. The range for EVs that are solely powered by battery is 150 to 370 miles without a recharge. Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) can travel up to 53 miles on battery power and then switch over to its combustion engine to add additional range. Considering the average American drives approximately 37 miles per day, EVs and PHEVs are a reasonable option to consider.
Greenlots® helps you search and find EV charging locations across multiple networks. You can also check your vehicle’s real-time charging status, easily make payments and view your charging history all through their smartphone app. For more information, visit their website https://greenlots.com/.
EVgo® offers DC fast charging on the road. Their large network has more than 1,050 fast chargers in 66 metropolitan areas. The DC fast charger can charge an EV in 30 to 60 minutes depending on the car model and charge needed. For more information visit their website https://www.evgo.com/
Electrify America® offers DC fast charging, Level 1 and Level 2 public EV charging. Pricing information is displayed on the charging stations themselves. An EV charging session will include: $1.00 session fee + per minute charging cost + idle fee of $0.40/minute (if applicable). Introductory charging costs are also possible. For more information visit their website https://www.electrifyamerica.com/.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Most EVs can charge on a standard 120-volt outlet, so you may be able to use an existing outlet. The charge from this outlet is relatively slow, up to 6 miles per hour, so you may consider installing a 240-volt Level 2 charging station, which can charge your vehicle up to six times faster. Read more about the steps for installing an EV charger
  • It all depends on the type of vehicle you own, your driving habits, how much energy is stored in the battery and what type of charging system you have in place. Use our chart to see how long each charger takes.
  • The cost of charging EVs depends on the size of the battery and how much electricity you use. For customers who drive less than 40 miles a day, at 11 cents per kilowatt-hour (the national average), it should cost less than $1 to $1.50 a day to fuel an EV. Your electric bill will likely go up, but your monthly gasoline expenses should drop considerably more.
  • We don't currently offer an EV-specific electric rate. However, depending on the state in which you live, we may offer a "whole house" time-of-use rate, which can help lower your electric bill. Please contact Customer Service to learn more.
  • Very likely, yes. There are more than 20,000 public charging stations across the country and that number is growing. Source: https://afdc.energy.gov/stations/#/find/nearest?fuel=ELEC&country=US
  • All EVs and associated batteries are tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under extreme operating conditions to achieve the same high safety standards as conventional vehicles.
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