Benefits of Electric Vehicles
Why Now is the Time to Buy
The prevalence of EVs has increased greatly in the past decade. Sales jumped 83% in the US in 2021 with no sign of slowing. So why should you consider going electric for your next car? Here are some major benefits.
What are the benefits of an Electric Vehicle?
EVs Cost Less to Operate than Gas Powered CarsDepending on your local gasoline and electric rates, EV operation can be 2 to 3 times cheaper than gas-powered cars. All-electric models do not use oil; thus, they do not need oil changes.
Never Go to the Gas Station AgainEVs do not require gasoline and can be charged at home with a standard Level 1 charger and 120V outlet. For faster charging, a Level 2 charger and 240V outlet can be installed in your home. BrightSuite can help you with all your Level 2 home charging needs.
EVs are Environmentally FriendlyElectric cars are a cleaner alternative to traditional gas-powered vehicles. They have no tailpipe emissions, and electric driving is less carbon-intensive than driving a gas-powered car. Plus, EV owners can power their cars with their own solar power with Dominion Energy Solutions home solar solutions.
EV Driving Range and Recharging TimeSince 2011, significant improvements in batteries have extended the median range for an EV from 80 to 250 miles. All the while, the average American’s daily round-trip commute remains under 40 miles. Fully recharging the battery pack can take 9-48 hours with a Level 1 charger but only 4-12 hours with a Level 2 charger.
What are the benefits of home charging?
More than 80% of EV charging happens at home,
and charging at home provides major benefits:
When you charge at home, you can plug in your car while you’re sleeping and not think twice about it. For most drivers, a few overnight charging sessions a week will ensure your car is always charged when you need it. No need to plan out where to charge on the go, and no need to spend time waiting for your car to charge.
Many electric utilities provide financial incentives to help encourage smart home charging. If you’re a Dominion Energy customer, you may be eligible for a $125 rebate for the purchase of a qualified Level 2 charging station for your home. By agreeing to participate in Dominion Energy’s demand response program, which helps you charge at times that are best for the electricity grid, you also receive a $40 annual benefit.
When you decide on a home charging solution, you can choose the charging speed that best fits your needs. Your car comes with a Level 1 charger that works with a standard wall outlet but charges at a slow rate. If you want a faster charge, you may opt for a Level 2 charging station for your home.
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