Benefits of Electric Vehicles

According to the International Energy Agency, there were 10 million electric cars on the world’s roads at the end of 2020.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Benefits

  • EVs cost less to operate than traditional gas cars. They require no oil changes and less frequent brake replacements
  • Charge your vehicle at home or at one of the many public charging stations
  • EVs are emission-free
  • Energy utilities may offer incentives and rebates for EV charging for residential and non-residential customers
  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it would cost $9 to fully charge a 200-mile range EV ($0.13 kWh)
  • Energy utilities may offer special charging rates during off-peak hours

Residential Charging Types

  • Level 1: 120 volts. 2 to 5 miles of range per 1 hour of charging. Requires dedicated circuit.
  • Level 2. 240 volt (residential), 208 volt (commercial). 10 to 20 miles of range per 1 hour of charging. Requires additional hardware installation.

Non-Residential Charging Types

  • DC Fast Charge. 200-500 volts DC. 20 minutes for an 80% charge. Requires commercial installation. Found at rest stops, fueling stations, commercial parking lots, and more.

Contact your HOA or community for information on EV charging at multifamily communities

EV Charging Safety

  • All EV charging stations should be installed by a qualified electrician
  • Residential EV charging requires a dedicated circuit. Have an electrician inspect your electrical system before purchasing an EV
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for charging your EV
  • Only purchase charging equipment that has been tested and listed by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory
  • Never use an extension cord when charging an EV
  • Ensure your charger has GFCI or other residual current device protection when charging
  • Ensure the charging cable is properly maintained and free of damage. Keep away from children
  • Keep charging equipment protected from water and other elements

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