What are electric vehicles?

The electric vehicle is showing some real strides in technology and reliability. Learn more!

Posted by Guest Blogger on September 16, 2014

At one time, some said electric cars were not possible and others still do not fully understand how they work. While they may still seem futuristic, there are actually over 16 different plug-in models that you can buy today. These modern day achievements are here to stay and they are the future of transportation.

Believe it or not, the first electric vehicles appeared in the 1880’s and then again in the late 19th and 20th century. Today, electric vehicles are on the forefront because of high gas prices and concern for the environment. The electric vehicle is showing some real strides in technology and reliability.

So you may be wondering, “What is Wright-Hennepin (WH) doing with this new advancement in the vehicle world?” Simply put, about two years ago when we realized these were making a comeback, we came up with a way to place electric plug in cars on our Off-Peak electric program. This gives customers a chance to take advantage of low Off-Peak electric rates and gives Wright Hennepin a way to sell members power at night, during our non-peak times.

Under this program, WH allows those with an electric vehicle to charge their car from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and receive a lower rate. This is done by running the charging circuit through our meter so we know exactly what the car is using for electricity. For members that want the ability to charge their car at all times, WH also offers a time of use rate. The time of use rate costs more during the day, and less overnight. Depending on your lifestyle, each one has its own advantages. A WH representative would be happy to give you more details and discuss your driving habits to help determine which rate is right for you.

If you have an electric vehicle or are thinking about getting one, call a WH representative at (763) 477-3000 for more information about WH’s Off-Peak electric and time of use options. If you would like more information about electric vehicles, please be sure to check out the electric car article on page 5 of the August Hotline Update.


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