How long will my EV battery last?
EV batteries are generally designed to last the life of the vehicle. Most EV manufacturers provide warranties on the battery. For example, Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf come with an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty on their batteries.
As a Fleet Operator, why should I be interested in the EV market?
Auto manufacturers are increasingly responding to the market demand and global interest of reducing oil dependency, greenhouse gases and fuel cost, by introducing a range of energy-efficient and low-emission electric-powered vehicles. This new wave of electric vehicles is great news for Fleet Managers because EVs can have fewer moving parts, are more energy efficient and are potentially less costly to operate and maintain. As a Fleet Manager, adding electric vehicles to your fleet’s mix can lower your fleet’s operational costs.
What is the process for installing EV stations in multi-family units?
Installation of EV charging stations in multi-family units, such as apartment complexes, are typically more complex and generally require additional work to ensure that the electric facilities are properly equipped to handle the additional load of EV charging. If your multi-family unit has common indoor (e.g., a parking garage) or outdoor parking spots, ComEd recommends that you contact the Homeowners’ Association (HOA) of your building in order to plan for the installation of EV charging equipment. If you park on a village or city street, you should contact your municipality to find out their plans for supporting public parking EV charging stations.
Maintenance requirements for EVs can be significantly different than those of conventional vehicles. Consult your vehicle’s owners manual or the manufacturer for the specific maintenance needs of your EV.
How does the environmental impact of an EV compare to a gasoline-powered vehicle?
EVs produce very little carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions directly; most of the CO2 emissions associated with their use is created at the power plant that provides the electricity needed to fuel the vehicle. Even when powered by electricity generated from 100-percent coal power, EVs still create about 60 percent less carbon than gas-powered vehicles. For more information on the environmental impact of electric vehicles, click here. Please see the EV calculator for a CO2 emissions comparison between a gasoline-powered vehicle and an EV.
Some EV manufacturers offer emergency roadside service to their customers. Contact any EV manufacturer for the options they have available.
What is the inspection and permitting process for installing a charging station in my garage?
The best way to ensure local permitting and inspection protocols are followed is to contact a licensed electrician to install charging equipment in your home.
What are the installation costs for charging equipment?
Installation costs are determined by the type of charging station and any upgrades that may be needed to your home’s electrical system. To receive an estimate of installation costs, as well as an estimate on the cost of charging station equipment, contact an equipment manufacturer. Also contact a licensed electrician or an EV charging station installer for an assessment of potential electrical system upgrade costs.
The driving range for a BEV can be up to 100 miles. Typical all-electric range for a PHEV is 10 to 40 miles, after which the gasoline engine will engage to extend the driving range an additional 300 miles. PHEVs can also be filled up via the gas tank and driven like a traditional gasoline-powered car. The rule of thumb is that vehicle batteries provide approximately three miles of driving range for each “usable” kilowatt-hour of energy stored. For more information on EV range comparisons, click here.
Where can I get more information about a particular EV?
For more information about a particular EV, such as pricing, charging specifications, batteries, safety and other vehicle details, visit each manufacturer’s Web site or contact the manufacturer’s local authorized dealership.
How much will it cost to charge my EV?
The cost of charging an EV is different for everyone and will depend on several factors, such as the type of EV you have, the size of your vehicle's battery, your electricity rate, the distance you drive and, potentially, the time of day at which you charge your EV. Assuming ComEd's basic residential electric rate and a 40-mile daily electric drive range, it could cost around $1.00 per day to charge your EV. Time-dependent residential electric rates, such as ComEd's BESH rate, may provide savings on the electricity needed to run your EV charging equipment and other household loads at night, when electricity prices are generally lower.
To determine the residential electricity rate that best fits your lifestyle and EV charging needs, click here or call 800-EDISON-1 (800-334-7661).
Can I charge my vehicle on a regular 120-volt outlet at home?
Yes, EVs can charge on a standard 120-volt outlet; however, depending on the type of EV, your daily driving distance, and your charging time, you may find that Level 2 charging is a better fit for your lifestyle. This type of station may require upgrades to the home or building’s electrical service. Always contact ComEd before installation of Level 2 charging equipment to verify that local distribution facilities are adequate to serve this additional electrical load.
No. ComEd can only work on the utility side of the meter, providing the necessary service to the house. A licensed electrician and/or EV charging station installation company should be consulted for the electrical work.
When is the best time to charge my vehicle?
It is recommended that consumers charge their EVs during after 10 p.m. when there is less demand on the electric grid. For customers who participate in ComEd’s BESH (Basic Electric Service Hourly) rate, the price of electricity at night is generally lower than the price during the day. The ComEd BESH rate has hourly pricing for residential customers. As a result, customers on BESH rates may pay less for the electricity to charge their EVs at night. Read more information about your rate options.
What do I have to do to get my home or business ready for EV charging?
ComEd has developed “Plug-In Ready Checklists” for both Residential Customers and Business/Municipal Customers to help you get started.
What are my charging options?
Currently, there are two available levels of EV charging that meet national Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standards:
Manufacturers are developing fast-charging technologies for commercial or public use that can recharge certain types of EVs in 30 minutes or less. However, there currently is no national standard for fast-charging equipment. As a result, only a limited number of EV types will initially be able to utilize fast charging.
What are my rate options?
Click here or call 800-EDISON-1 (800-334-7661) for information about the residential electric rate options available for your home. Questions to consider include: What time of day do you expect to charge your EV? Can you benefit from charging your EV at night? How will the electricity rate plan I select and the added EV charging load impact your monthly energy bill?
Are there any rebates or incentive programs for EV?
EVs may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit amount will vary based on the electrical capacity of the vehicle’s battery. Details on the federal credit for EV purchases can be found at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Tax Credit Web site.
Charging stations are also eligible for a federal tax credit through the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit, which was recently extended through the end of 2011. The tax credit for an EV charging station is 30 percent of costs up to $1,000 for consumers and 30 percent of costs up to $30,000 for businesses. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Web site.
The State of Illinois also offers a tax rebate of up to 10 percent of an EV's retail price up to a maximum of $4,000. The Illinois rebate is in addition to the federal tax credit. For more information please visit the state's Illinois Green Fleets Web site.
How does the cost of electricity for my EV compare to gasoline?
According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), plug-in electric vehicles operate at the equivalent of about $0.75 per gallon of gasoline.
How will the electricity rate plan I select and the added electric load for EV charging impact my monthly energy bill?
The cost of charging an electric vehicle is different for everyone. The impact on your electricity bill will depend on a variety of factors including the type of EV you are charging, the size of your vehicle’s battery, your electric rate plan, the distance you drive and your current monthly energy use.