The FAQs on EVs

Posted on Mar 04 2023 in Jay County REMC
Electric vehicle charging

Neil Draper

You’ve likely heard or read that most automakers are transitioning many or all of 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 our members, so I thought it would be helpful to respond to some of those frequently asked questions.

Q: Why is Jay County REMC communicating about electric vehicles?

A: It’s no secret that consumer interest in electric vehicles (EVs) is growing, and Jay County REMC is providing information so that our members can make informed decisions when considering an EV purchase. 

Q: Why does Jay County REMC own an Electric vehicle?

A: We have an EV to help raise awareness and promote understanding of EV technologies. We offer our members the opportunity to set up appointments to visit our office and learn about EVs.

Having an electric vehicle on-site offers hands-on experience and the possibility for members to test drive an EV. We have found that making this technology available to our members helps them to ask questions and form their own opinions.

Q: Why is Jay County REMC involved in EV infrastructure issues?

A: All electric utilities are planning now to ensure they have the necessary electric 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, Jay County REMC is best suited to advise and help our members and local businesses plan for the electric vehicle future.

Q: Can I charge my EV at home using an existing outlet or do I need a special outlet?

A: All EVs come with a 120-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 240V Level 2 charger provides about 180 miles of range over an eight-hour charging period. A Level 2 charger should be installed by a licensed electrician. 

Q: Does the outside temperature affect the range of an EV?

A: 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. Our experience has shown about a 20% reduction in range during particularly cold weather, however, this varies with each EV model. Preheating the cabin while plugged in before driving helps this range loss significantly.  

Q: Will an EV meet my daily driving needs? 

A:  If you are like most Americans and drive an average of 40 miles a day, an EV can easily meet your daily needs.  Most EV models available today are capable of over 200 miles of range on a single charge. For longer trips, Level 3 charging stations are available for public fast charging. This charging network is being expanded every day and can replenish as much as 100 miles of range in 20 minutes. 

Q: What kind of incentives are available for EVs? 

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

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

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

We understand 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. Give us a call at 260-726-7121 to set up your EV appointment today!