Understanding EVs

Perhaps, you're a first-time electric vehicle (EV) owner in Saint Albans, or you're thinking about buying a new EV; you're probably interested in learning how and where you can charge your vehicle's battery all around Burlington, VT. No need to worry! Bokan Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM is here to help explain how charging works.

Which EV is Right for Me?

Battery Electric

Fully electric cars offer the smallest environmental footprint and the biggest savings on maintenance and fuel.

Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids have a rechargable electric motor and a gas-powered engine to extend range if needed.

Traditional Hybrid

Powered by an electric motor and gas-powered engine, Hybrids recharge as you drive. Tax credits and other benefits may not apply.

Benefits of Plugging In

Federal Tax Credit

A federal tax rebate up to of $7,500 is available on many EV models.

Local Incentives

Even more savings from your state and/or utility company.

Low Cost to Own

EV owners can expect to spend half as much on maintenance and repair (Consumer Reports)

Fuel Up At Home

Charge while you sleep, work, or at a growing number of public chargers.

Quick and Quiet

Enjoy fast and smooth acceleration, better handling, and a quieter ride.

Best of Both Worlds

Plug-in hybrids provide electric range for short trips and gas-power for longer journeys.

96%

of EV owners surveyed said they'd purchase another EV as their next vehicle.

Source: AAA

Owning an EV

Understanding Charging

There are three types of electric vehicles that drivers near Plattsburgh should know about:

  • Hybrid vehicles combine electric motors with gas-powered engines and don't require charging because they have regenerative braking.
  • Plug-in Hybrid vehicles can run all-electric power for 20-40 miles before the engine uses gas for power.
  • Pure Electric vehicles only use a battery for power and require an external charger. These EVs are the most environmentally friendly since they produce zero emissions.

EV Charger Types

The term battery charge level refers to recharging units, and there are three types of charges:

  • Level 1chargers are the slowest method and use a standard home outlet.
  • Level 2charging is faster and commonly found in residential housing, apartment complexes, and commercial workplaces.
  • Level 3chargers stations offer the fastest charging, up to 80-percent in under an hour, and are located in many public places nationwide.
Electric vehicle charging port

At-Home Charging

Charging your EV at home is the most convenient method. Installing a charging station at your residence means you'll always have access without waiting or driving there. Using a Level 1 charger at home is slower, providing enough power for around 2-5-miles every hour it's plugged in. Level 2 chargers can charge the battery five times faster, offering 15-miles of range every hour using the same amount of power as a clothes dryer.

Family having fun with 2 children and electric vehicle in the background

EV Battery Maintenance

Preserving and extending the life of your EV's battery is easy. Following a few simple care and maintenance tips, the battery should provide between 100,000 to 200,000-miles of driving.

Avoid parking in direct sunlight to prevent the vehicle's thermal management unit from draining the battery. Keep your charge level under 100%. Power cells that perpetually have a full charge can result in a shorter lifespan. Also, constantly plugging rapid chargers causes the battery to wear out faster. Conversely, it would be best never to leave your EV parked for an extended time with a depleted battery.

If you have questions about EV charging or want to learn more about the available new electric vehicle inventory at Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, give us a call or visit our showroom today.

Electric vehicle battery care

Charging Stations Near Bokan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

  1. Bokan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

    2 Franklin Park W
    Saint Albans, VT 05478-1676

    • Sales: 8027524625
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Common Questions

A federal tax rebate 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.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/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.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/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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