Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles

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Electric vehicles (EV) represent a growing segment of both the transportation and energy industries. Publicly available EV chargers are beginning to pop up around the F-M metro area. In addition, Cass County Electric Cooperative now offers members a special rate and a one-time rebate for in-home EV charging. You’ll charge your electric vehicle at home almost every day. Why not pay less every time you plug in?

Off-Peak and Rebates

Benefits

  • One-time rebate per charger installation - $50/kW ($500 max per charger). Must be Level 2 240-volt chargers. The average EV charger is 6.6 kW, which would qualify for a $330 rebate.
  • The money-saving off-peak rate of $0.055/kWh + $5/month meter charge.

Requirements

  • Level 2 charger rated at 240 volts
  • Must be on dedicated 240-volt circuit
  • Must be controlled on off-peak and sub-metered

Scheduled charging times

To receive the off-peak rate, your charging times will be:

  • October – May: noon to 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • June – September: midnight to 10 a.m.
  • Load control up to 16 hours per day.

 

Q&A: Charging my EV

Are rebates available?

  • In addition to the incentives offered from CCEC, current federal consumer tax credits are available ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 based on the size of the vehicle’s battery. Most insurance carriers offer discounted rates.

How much will charging my EV cost?

  • On average, an EV will require 30 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles of range.
  • On regular electric rate, EV charging will cost $0.033 per mile.
  • On off-peak rate, EV charging will cost $0.017 per mile.
  • Based on driving 8,000 miles per year, the cost to charge an EV will be $264 per year on the regular rate/$136 per year on off-peak rate.

How long will it take to charge my EV?

  • A typical electric car (ex. Nissan Leaf) takes four hours to charge from empty using a 7kW home charger.

How far can you drive on a fully charged battery?

  • A 7kW home charger provides about 30 miles per hour of charge.
  • All-electric vehicles currently range from 62 miles to more than 290 miles (Tesla Model X) on a full charge. Hybrids typically range from 10 to 53 miles on the electric battery.

How long until the average battery needs replacement?

  • The lifetime of the battery varies greatly between models and is impacted by charging and driving practices. It is important to check with the manufacturer’s warranty before purchasing the vehicle. Most vehicles have a 10-year battery warranty, while others are through the life of the vehicle.

Do EV batteries perform well in the winter?

  • Both gasoline and electric vehicles have lower efficiencies at colder temperatures. For EVs, cold weather can impact travel distance per charge by 25 to 50 percent. Larger batteries, however, have less performance loss issues. Still, today’s EVs work well in cold climates, and new models will be even better. It is recommended that you store your EV in a garage during the winter and allow it to heat up while still plugged in.

 

For more detailed information on electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging, download the Electric Power Research Institute guides below.

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