Transportation goes electric

Posted on Nov 04 2020 in Noble REMC
EV charging station
Noble REMC recently installed an EV charging station at the popular Country Heritage Winery in LaOtto.

Electric vehicles are no longer a vision and hope for our future. They’re our present.

Noble REMC is ready to help those who are hoping to join the EV revolution. More than 5 million EVs are estimated to be on the road by 2024.

Recently, the co-op worked with Country Heritage Winery in LaOtto to install a ChargePoint charger at the popular destination to help bridge the gap for EV drivers between Fort Wayne and rural northeast Indiana. The charger is capable of delivering 7.2 kilowatts to two vehicles simultaneously and provide a hassle-free experience through the ChargePoint app.

Have you been thinking about making the switch to an electric vehicle? It may help to ask yourself the following questions:

What is your daily commute?

Most of today’s electric vehicles have a driving range-per-charge between 50-330 miles. If your daily commute is under 250 miles per day, there is likely an affordable EV model that will fit your needs.

BUYER TIP: When you’re looking at EVs, be sure to check the “range-per-charge” for the vehicle. This is the number of miles the car can typically drive between full charges. For example, if the range-per-charge for an EV is 100 miles and your daily commute is 30 miles, you should be able to go about 3 days between charges.

Do you take long road trips?

Long road trips can present challenges for today’s electric vehicles. Public charging infrastructure and battery technology is continually improving, but planning is still required for long trips. There are many EV models available with a range-per-charge of 150-250 miles. There are some high-end EVs that can get over 330 miles on a single charge.

Does your household have multiple cars?

If you live in a household with more than one car, an EV likely represents a big opportunity for your family to save a lot of money, while improving the quality of our environment. Use an EV for commuting and use the other vehicle for long distance drives — it’s just that easy!

Do you have adequate parking?

Plug-in electric vehicles require charging. Charging can be done with a standard 120V outlet, or you can have a 240V charger installed in your garage or driveway. Known as “Level 2 EVSE equipment,” 240V charging reduces charging time substantially, is more energy efficient and some EVSE models allow you to schedule charging times, which may allow you to take advantage of special electric rates.

Want to save money and pollute less?

EVs cost less to drive — less maintenance costs from fewer moving parts — and pollute less, period. An EV uses electricity that is typically generated from sources that are cleaner than burning gasoline or diesel in a vehicle.

If you’re currently an EV owner and a Noble REMC member, we’d love to hear from you. Please give us a call at 800-933-7362 for more information.