Electric vehicles (EVs) have risen in popularity in recent years, with more options available than ever before. Whether you already own an EV or are considering buying one, OUC has resources to help you make a decision that’s right for you.

Recently Leased or Purchased an Electric Vehicle?

If you are considering purchasing or leasing an EV or recently added one to your garage, OUC has an incentive for you. We are offering a $200 rebate to customers who purchase or lease a plug-in electric vehicle.

To apply, download and complete the rebate application.

Considering an Electric Vehicle?

There are two basic types of plug-in electric vehicles:

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV): A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle is similar to conventional hybrids, but it has a larger battery that can be plugged into an electric outlet. PHEVs are usually designed with an electric-only range of 10 to 40 miles, blended with a gasoline engine to achieve higher speeds and loads. After the electric-only range is exceeded, the vehicle continues to operate as a hybrid vehicle using a gasoline engine or generator.

All-Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) : A typical All-Battery Electric Vehicle is powered entirely by electricity from the utility grid. Battery Electric Vehicles currently have a range of 80 to 120 miles or more.

For more information on specific vehicle types, please click here.

Benefits

Fuel/Cost Savings: Because EVs use electricity for all or part of their power, they are cheaper to run. With a pure battery EV, you can save up to 75 percent per year on fuel versus a gas-powered car.

Performance & Maintenance: Battery electric vehicles also benefit from not having a transmission or combustion engine, eliminating oil changes, fuel filters, emissions testing and other costly maintenance.

Better for the Environment: About one-third of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation — and 60 percent of that is from personal vehicle use. EVs significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Tax Rebate: The IRS allows a tax credit (of between $2,500 and $7,500) for qualified battery-electric vehicles, depending on the vehicle type.

Types of Charging Stations

There are a few levels of charging for EVs. Use the following information to determine which one would work best for you.

Level 1

  • 120-Volt DC
  • Similar to a toaster
  • Adds 2-5 miles of range every hour
  • Full Charge takes 8-10 hours
  • 3-prong outlet with SAE J1722 connector

Level 2

  • 240-Volt DC
  • Similar to an electric clothes dryer
  • Adds 10-20 miles of range every hour
  • Full charge takes 2-3 hours
  • 3- or 4-prong outlet with SAE J1772 connector

DC Fast Charger

  • 480-Volt DC
  • Similar to an air conditioner
  • Adds 60-80 miles of range in 20 minutes
  • Full charge takes 1/2 to 1 hour
  • 4-prong outlet with SAE J1772 or CHAdeMO connectors

Before You Buy

Before you purchase an EV, contact OUC. If you plan to install a Level 1, Level 2 or DC fast charger, it is especially important to contact OUC. We’ll ensure that your current electric service is capable of handling the additional energy demand of an EV charger. We can provide you with access to certified electrical contractors who can install the charging station for you and answer questions you might have regarding how EV charging may impact your electric bill.

Stay Connected

Be sure to visit www.goelectricdrive.org, a one-stop-shop for consumers looking to learn more about purchasing and operating an electric drive vehicle. Here you will find a model showroom and learn more about incentives and charging options. Also, if you have questions about EV and home chargers, please contact our Renewables Department at green@ouc.com.