Electric vehicle frequently asked questions

Want to learn more about the different electric vehicles, how much they cost and ways to save money? The answers to these and more can be found below.

Posted by Stacie Nielsen on June 26, 2019

What’s the difference between a BEV and a PHEV?

A Battery Electric Vehicle, or BEV, is a vehicle that runs completely on electricity. A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or PHEV, can run on either electricity or gasoline.

How much does an electric vehicle cost?

The cost of electric vehicles depends on multiple variables: the type, model and make. Most types of EVs are eligible for federal tax credits and other incentives which can help reduce the price paid. Midwest Evolve has a detailed guide to the various types of EVs available, cost and other information.

Will I run out of charge on the road?

Range anxiety is one of the most common reasons people don’t switch to an EV. According to the AM Conservation Group, range anxiety is the “feeling between concern and panic that starts to kick in as your battery percentage starts dropping and you’re not sure you can make it to your destination….” This is a valid concern; however, technology and infrastructure are continuing to grow and advance, which has extended the range of electric vehicles can travel on a single charge.

Checking your charge range before you leave is the easiest way to ensure you have an adequate charge to reach your destination. Charging at home is convenient and helps you make sure there is enough charge to go to work, run errands or attend your kids extracurriculars.

If you’re planning a road-trip then you’ll need to put in a little extra work and map out where charging stations are located en route and the distance you can go between charges. There are many apps that can help with this planning process, the most commonly used include Google Maps, Plugshare, Chargehub and Tesla (only for Tesla owners).

Will my electric bill increase?

Yes, your electric bill will increase. Charging at home is convenient and recommended to ensure you have an adequate charge, so you will see electric bills rise. But, this will be offset plus more, through the savings you’ll gain as your gas station stops decrease or are eliminated altogether.

How can I reduce the cost of charging?

Wright-Hennepin (WH) offers two reduced-rate options through our Energy-Saving Programs (ESPs) for EV owners: a storage charge program and a time-of-use program. The storage program has a very low rate, but charging is restricted to certain times. The time-of-use program has more flexibility with charging at any time, but the price varies depending on day and time. See the charts below for a breakdown and learn more on our website.

How do I find rebates and tax credits?

You can find a variety of rebates and incentives for purchasing electric vehicles and charging equipment on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website.

In addition, WH offers a charging equipment rebate when you participate in an EV ESP. To learn if you qualify, visit our website.

Currently, WH is offering a special rebate for charging equipment through the Energy Wise Minnesota Store, a one-stop shop of buying and installing EV chargers. Visit the store to purchase a charger or call (763) 477-3000 and ask for Robbin Nisbet to learn about the chargers and pilot period.

Stacie Nielsen

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