It’s no secret that consumer interest in electric vehicles (EVs) is growing. Dubois REC would like to take the time to address some frequently asked questions (FAQs) so that our members can make informed decisions when considering an EV purchase.
Q: WHY IS DUBOIS REC INVOLVED IN EV INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES?
A: All electric utilities are planning now to ensure they have the necessary infrastructure in place 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, Dubois REC is best suited to advise and help our members and local businesses plan for the EV future.
Q: CAN I CHARGE MY EV USING AN EXISTING OUTLET OR DO I NEED A SPECIAL OUTLET?
A: All EVs come with a 110-volt-compatible (Level 1) charging unit which can be plugged into any standard household outlet. For an eight-hour overnight charge, this will enable traveling around 36 to 40 miles 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 eight-hour charging period. A Level 2 charger must be installed by a licensed electrician.
Q: DOES THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE AFFECT THE RANGE OF AN EV?
A: Yes, outside temperatures, particularly colder weather, can impact the range of an EV. Unlike a gas-powered vehicle, where the heat is mostly coming 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.
Q: WILL AN EV MEET MY DAILY DRIVING NEEDS?
A: This answer is not a simple one, as it requires more information about each person’s specific driving habits. We recommend members visit our website www.duboisrec.com, and look under the “My Renewables” menu. There you will find several tools that will help you in understanding EV technology, and help you decide if it’s right for you. We understand making the switch to an EV is a big decision. Whether you’re ready to make an EV purchase or still wondering if an EV can meet your daily driving needs, we’re here to help you make an informed decision.