Electric Vehicles in Rochester, MN

Why Consider an Electric Vehicle?

Economics

  • Because EVs cost less to operate and maintain, lifetime costs are lower
  • Because electricity is produced domestically, and using it in vehicles means that America relies less on imported fuels

Fun to Drive

  • Because electric motors respond instantly providing full torque from standstill, electric cars typically accelerate far faster and smoother than gas-powered cars.

Environment

  • Because PHEVs (in all-electric mode) and BEVs produce no tailpipe emission
  • Because even with the current electric grid, BEVs produce less overall CO2 than fossil fuels

 

Electric Vehicles in Rochester, MN

Types of Electric Vehicles

PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES (PHEV)
When PHEVs are charged overnight, the first miles driven are all electric. When the battery is depleted, the internal combustion engine kicks in and there is no range limitation. This type of vehicle can be a good choice for people who only want one car and want more flexibility. They will not achieve maximum fuel economy or take full advantage of their all-electric capabilities without plugging in and charging the battery.

BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV)
BEVs run on electricity alone. They are powered by an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery (larger than the battery in a PHEV). BEV batteries are charged by plugging the vehicle into an electric power source and (to a lesser degree) through regenerative braking. Most BEV charging is done at home overnight so you wake up to a fresh battery every day. Range varies depending on the make and model of BEV.

 

Electric Vehicles in Rochester, MN

How far can I go?

BEVs and PHEVs have varying ranges depending on the size of the battery. Usually the higher the range the higher the price. With in home charging, you leave your home with a full tank every day, therefore you don’t have to run to a gas station every time you need fuel.

PHEVs

  • 15-50 miles all electric
  • Gas Hybrid mode after battery depletion

BEVs

  • Current models vary from 80 to 400 with some future models with capabilities of up to 600 miles

 

What is the cost and availability of the models in our area?

The selection of Electric Vehicles (EV) and crossovers has never been greater. The availability in our area is currently more limited, but as interest in EVs continues to grow, more models are entering the market every year and availability is expected to grow. Here is a resource to find a current list of EVs and price ranges available in the Midwest area and the United States.

www.EVInfoList.com to learn more.

 

Electric Vehicles in Rochester, MN

Where can I charge my vehicle?

Most of the charging happens at home because it is the most convenient and affordable way to charge. Public charging is available when you are on the road or if your workplace happens to provide workplace charging.

Charging at Home

Home charging accounts for about 85% of all charging done by EV drivers. You can leave with a full tank every day.

  • Level 1 charging standard 120V plug
    • Works well if you drive less than 30 miles per day.
  • Level 2 charger 240 volt
    • Level 2 chargers can charge up to seven times faster than a Level
    • They require a 240V source of electricity, like an electric dryer

Charging in Public

  • Level 2
    • Provides charging capabilities up to 10 kilowatts (KW)
  • DC Fast charging
    • Some DC fast chargers can charge up to 80% in 15 minutes
    • Charging capabilities from 25-150KW

www.afdc.energy.gov
www.plugshare.com

Workplace Charging

Some employers provide electric vehicle charging to increase the convenience of driving electric.

Visit this website for ideas on ways to encourage your employer to provide EV charging if they don’t already. www.workplacecharging.com

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