Guide to Electric Vehicles (EVs)
GO GREEN AND JOIN THE EV COMMUNITY
Electric vehicles are the future of automobiles, and demand is skyrocketing. But while the idea of switching from conventional to electric may seem appealing – lower cost, positive environmental impact, etc. – you probably have a lot of unanswered questions. So we have put together this guide to help navigate you through the many EV benefits and address any reservations you may have.
PUBLIC CHARGING STATIONS
INCENTIVES & REBATES
WHY BUY AN EV?
There are plenty of benefits to owning and driving an EV vehicle, but here are the top four reasons others have made the switch:
More and more electric cars are filling our streets, and you could be at the forefront of this environmentally friendly change. And to answer any questions you may have, here are some insights that will offer a better understanding of what it means to own and operate an EV.
There are two types of plug-in electric vehicles – plug-in extended-range hybrid vehicles (PHEV) and all-electric vehicles (EV) – and they come in a variety of makes and models. The all-electric vehicle runs solely on battery power. The plug-in extended-range hybrid generates energy from a battery and an internal combustion engine used to extend the range of the vehicle, typically by recharging the battery. It is important to understand the vehicle you are considering, as it will impact driving range, energy usage and charging options.
There are actually three levels of charging stations available for EVs. Level 1 is a wall outlet charging station, most often included with your EV purchase. This is the slowest form of charging, but it works well enough if you’re merely traveling from home, work or running errands and you can plug in overnight. Level 2 chargers are a faster option than Level 1 and are typically the stations you can find easily throughout your city and across the U.S. You can also have a Level 2 charger installed in your home for fast, convenient charges. Level 3 chargers offer fast charging at commercial locations and are oftentimes more expensive than a commercial Level 2 charging station. And because their system requires a 440-volt DC power supply, they aren’t an option for in-home use.
110–120 volt (V)
220–240 volt (V)
400+ volt (V)
*These are rough estimates to give you an overview of the different charging levels. Your EV’s make, model and type of battery, as well as the type of charging station, can affect these numbers.
How far can I drive an electric vehicle before having to charge?
One of the most common concerns new buyers have is how far their new EV can take them – this is what’s called “range.” Under
normal driving conditions, most of today’s electric vehicles can travel more than 200 miles on a full charge. And with more and more
demand for EVs, newer models are coming out with a substantial increase in range. Plus, the average American only drives 31 miles
a day, so you’ll be more than covered for your day-to-day drives.
If you’re planning a long road trip, have no fear. There are plenty of public charging stations located all across the country, so it’s
easier than ever to drive long distances with complete peace of mind. In fact, many in the EV community charge their vehicles
overnight at a free charging station so they’re ready to go the next morning. They call this “destination charging.”
How does cold and hot weather affect EV car batteries?
While electric engines continue to improve year after year, extreme weather does play a factor in how they function. Particularly,
extreme hot or cold temps can cause your EV to lose range – even up to 50% in some cases. That means, if your engine normally
gets 250 miles on a full charge, in extreme temps, you could only be getting 125 miles. That’s why your best defense against cold
weather is installing a Level 2 charging station in your home so you can conveniently and efficiently charge your vehicle every night.
How will my bill be impacted by having an EV?
Many variables go into how your bill will be affected, including the time of year and the length and strength of your charge.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average cost of charging a plug-in vehicle in the United States is about half
the cost of filling a tank of gasoline.
Because prices for gasoline and electricity rates vary by state, DOE launched the eGallon tool to help consumers compare the
benefits of electric vehicles by calculating regional costs. Additionally, DOE offers a price-to-buy calculator to help crunch purchase
While there are plenty of benefits to purchasing an electric vehicle, we want to make sure you do so with confidence. Our EV calculator provides a personalized estimate and allows you to compare vehicle models side-by-side in order to understand near-term and long-term costs based on driving habits, electricity use and savings potential.
PUBLIC CHARGING STATIONS
In an effort to ensure your EV driving experience is never interrupted, there are many public charging stations available throughout the greater Omaha area, as well as across the state. Six have been installed by OPPD, alongside community partners, and we are continuing to install more.
OPPD-Installed Charging Stations are located at:
• Henry Doorly Zoo (2): 10th and I-80
• UNMC (2): 42nd and Leavenworth
• OPPD Office: 16th and Harney
• NP Dodge Real Estate: 86th and Dodge
Take a look at the map below to find charging stations across the area. Also, if you’re looking for charging stations in nearby cities or you want to map them out for an upcoming trip, here is a helpful charging location website.
INCENTIVES & REBATES
OPPD ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) REBATE
OPPD has rebates available to help you save money when purchasing a new, all-electric vehicle and installing a Level 2 ChargePoint Home™ charger. Not only will this rebate cover the cost of charging at home for the first 5 years, but it can even help curb the financial investment of your EV.
We want to make sure you’re getting the best EV experience possible. That’s why we chose the Charge- Point Home™ charging station – for two very important reasons:
After you purchase your ChargePoint Home™ charging station and have it installed in your home, you’ll end up saving more money on a monthly basis, as it’s about half the cost of filling your gas tank every week. And because the ChargePoint Home™ charging station is a smart system, you can track and manage your energy through the ChargePoint app, which gives you complete control.
A Level 2 ChargePoint Home™ charging station can charge any EV up to 9x faster than a wall outlet, which equals to about 37 miles of range per hour. Plus, the ChargePoint app allows you to set reminders and schedule charging. What does this mean for you? You can relax knowing your charging station will make sure you’re ready to go, whenever you need to go.
If you purchase a new all-electric vehicle and ChargePoint Home™
charging station from an authorized seller, you are eligible for a $2,500 rebate. You must:
- Purchase vehicle and charging station after July 1, 2021
- Activate and connect your charging station through the ChargePoint Connect app (select OPPD as your network within the app)
- Provide all required documentation (see application for details)
*Rebates are first come, first serve. Available rebates COMING SOON
For more information regarding our OPPD EV Rebate program, check out our FAQs
Program made possible by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) and a partnership with the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA).
The Nebraska Environmental Trust was established in 1992 to conserve, enhance and restore the natural environments of Nebraska. The Trust is to lead the development of a vision of Nebraska's future environment. The Trust is to collaborate with public and private efforts to achieve that vision.
The mission of the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance is to build and promote advanced technologies for housing and transportation that save energy, reduce CO2 pollution and cut costs.
There’s a lot to know and learn about electric vehicles, so here’s a quick compilation of info and resources you may find useful on your EV journey.
Cost of EVs
There are several opportunities to reduce the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle. Federal and state incentives can help reduce the upfront purchase price. In addition, the overall cost of ownership is made more economical through fuel savings, potential savings on auto insurance, lower maintenance costs and more. Compare your current vehicle’s costs to that of an EV using the U.S. Department of Energy’s vehicle cost calculator.
Home Charging Installation
Most EVs can charge at your home on one of two charging levels. The level you chose will determine how fast your EV will charge. Level 1 charging can typically be done using standard outlets already in your garage or near where you park. For Level 2 charging or higher, you may need to upgrade your home’s electrical system. This should always be done by professionals and with the appropriate permits, if required.
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