Frequently Asked Questions
Why are EVs good for the United States?
EVs promote U.S. energy independence because the fuel (electricity) is produced locally so there is no dependence on foreign oil. Gas and diesel fueled vehicles require the U.S. to invest heavily in foreign nations that mine, refine, and process oil.
What are some cool perks about driving an EV that I might not know about?
Many public EV chargers are located in prime parking spots in the lot. You get to take advantage of a great parking space while you charge your car!
EVs have great acceleration and are very fun to drive.
EV communities are a fantastic way to connect with other local EV enthusiasts! Check out some EV clubs near you.
Are EVs good for the environment?
Zero tailpipe emissions and no pollution mean a cleaner driving experience for occasions when walking, biking, and transit are not an option.
EVs also produce little to no noise, reducing noise pollution on our roads.
How long does it take to charge?
- 110 Outlet (regular electrical outlet in your home): 4-6 miles of range per hour of charging
- Level 2 chargers (dryer outlet, or many public chargers): 20-40 miles of range per hour of charging
- Fast-charging stations: deliver 150 to 500+ miles of range per hour.
Do EVs have all-wheel drive?
Many EVs come with all-wheel drive. Check the vehicle list for more information about models that have AWD.
For a more comprehensive list of EVs that have all-wheel drive check here.
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List of Acronyms
If you are new to the electric vehicle scene, the acronyms can be hard to handle! Here is your guide.
Types of Vehicles
AEV: All-Electric Vehicle
AFV: Alternative Fuel Vehicle
BEV: Battery Electric Vehicle
EREV: Extended Range Electric Vehicle
EV: Electric Vehicle
FCV / FCEV: Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
HEV: Hybrid Electric Vehicle
HFCV: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
ICE: Internal Combustion Engine
PHEV: Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
ZEV: Zero Emission Vehicle
AC/DC: Alternating Current/Direct Current
DCFC: Direct Current Fast Charge
KWh: Kilowatt Hour
MPGe: Miles per gallon equivalent
MWh: Megawatt Hour
TOU: Time of Use (Rate)
Other Equipment/ Components
AER: All-Electric Range
CAFE: Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
EVSE: Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment
OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer