Answering common questions about electric vehicles

Posted on Mar 18 2024 in Heartland REMC
Garrett Keiser
Garrett Keiser
Certified Energy Advisor

You have likely heard or read that most automakers are transitioning many or all their new vehicles to electric-only models over the next 10 years. Regardless of the type of car you drive today, the electrification of the transportation sector is underway.

We regularly receive inquiries about electric vehicles from Heartland REMC members, so I thought responding to some of those frequently asked questions would be helpful.

Why is Heartland REMC communicating about electric vehicles?

It’s no secret that consumer interest in electric vehicles (EVs) is growing, and we are providing information about EVs and EV charging requirements so that our members can make informed decisions when considering a purchase.

Will EVs cause infrastructure issues?

All electric utilities are planning now to ensure they have the necessary electric infrastructure to meet future EV charging needs — without jeopardizing the ability to keep reliable power flowing to our local homes and businesses. As your local energy provider, Heartland REMC is best suited to advise and help our members and local businesses plan for the electric vehicle future.

Can I charge my EV using an existing outlet, or do I need a particular outlet?

All EVs come with a 110-volt-compatible (Level 1) charging unit, which can be plugged into any standard household outlet. An 8-hour overnight charge will enable around 36 to 40 miles of travel a day. If you typically drive longer distances or are in a hurry, a Level 2 charger takes about half the time and provides about 180 miles of range over an 8-hour charging period. A licensed electrician must install a Level 2 charger.

Does the outside temperature affect the range of an EV?

Outside temperatures, particularly colder weather, can impact the range of an EV. Unlike a gas-powered vehicle, where the heat mostly comes from the engine, an EV must produce cabin heat and manage an optimal battery temperature with energy that comes from the battery, which can reduce battery range.

Will an EV meet my daily driving needs?

If you are like most Americans and drive an average of 30 miles daily, an EV can meet your daily needs.

What kind of incentives are available for EVs?

A variety of tax credits and other incentives are available for EV purchases. Visit to learn about federal incentives available through the Clean Vehicle Credit program.

Should I let my co-op know if I purchase an EV?

If you purchase an EV, please let us know so we can better serve you. As more Heartland REMC members buy EVs, it’s helpful to know where they are located in our area to ensure we have the necessary infrastructure to meet charging needs and provide reliable power to our local homes and businesses.

We understand that making the switch to an EV is a big decision. Whether you’re ready to make an EV purchase or wondering if an EV can meet your daily driving needs, we’re here to help you make an informed decision.