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Why Electric Vehicles make sense

Electric vehicles are increasing in popularity in North Texas and new, exciting models, innovations and technologies are coming out every year from automakers. As your local utility provider, CoServ will play a pivotal role powering these EVs. We want to help you along your journey whether you’re a prospective owner or you already own an electric vehicle.

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EVs are not only fast, fun and great for the environment but they also save CoServ Members money because they pay for electricity instead of gasoline. We’ve made it easy to calculate what the transition from gasoline to electric would cost and the impact to the environment.

 

Electric vehicles 101

AEV: All-electric vehicles are powered by one or more electric motors.

BEV: Battery Electric Vehicle, a vehicle that runs on 100 percent battery power.

EV: Electric vehicle

ICE: Internal combustion engine is the name for the gasoline-powered engine in most cars, SUVs and trucks

PHEV: Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, a vehicle that plugs in to charge the battery but also uses a gasoline-powered engine. 

Range Anxiety: The fear that your all-electric vehicle will run out of power before you reach your destination or a charging station.

Types of charging plugs:

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  • Level 1 charger: Charging stations that use a 120-volt power source (A typical wall outlet in a U.S. home).  It adds about 4 miles per hour of charging.
  • Level 2 charger: A faster charger station that uses a 240-volt power source (A typical dryer plug). Level 2 charging typically adds 12 to 24 miles per hour depending on the vehicle.
    NOTE: The standard plug for electric vehicle charging is the SAE J1772 that can be used for both Level 1 and Level 2 charging.
  • Level 3 charger: Fast charging devices that use high voltage to add 90 miles of range in just 30 minutes for some vehicles.
    NOTE: Level 3 doesn’t have a standardized connection so it varies by auto manufacturer. Most use the DC Fast Charge connection, which is similar to the J1772 connection but has DC power contact pins on the bottom. Others use the ChAdeMO connection. Some EVs have both connections. Tesla uses its own SuperCharger system that’s not compatible with other vehicles. Tesla’s can use the CHAdeMO connection with the right adaptor.
  • SuperCharger: Tesla’s fast-charging network is a 480-volt DC fast-charging station built by American vehicle manufacturer Tesla Inc.

 

Resources

EV News
EV articles and announcements relevant to CoServ Members.

CoServ Electric Vehicle calculator
This application uses your local weather and energy rates to estimate of your possible electric vehicle energy use.

Alternative Fuels Data Center
Department of Energy website calculates total cost of ownership and emissions for makes and models of most vehicles, including EVs.

EV Stakeholder Solution Center
Department of Energy website explains EV basics, benefits and cost savings vs. vehicles that run on gasoline.

Electric Vehicles 101
Is an electric vehicle right for you? This Consumer Reports website provides an EV checklist, buying guide and ratings.

SAEV 06: The definitive(ly biased) guide to all available EVs
Let’s say you are approaching a car decision and are convinced it should be electric. Go you! How do you decide which model is right?

 

We want to hear from you

Here are some questions we have for electric vehicle owners, businesses, cities and other government entities:

  • When do you typically plug in your electric vehicle?
  • How many kilowatt hours do you typically use per day when you charge?
  • Would you take advantage of time-of-use charging just for your electric vehicle charging?
  • Would you participate in a pilot program to get a smart charger that tracks your electric usage?
  • Would you use public chargers or do you only charge at home/work?
  • If you run a business, a city, school district or other government entity, are you considering buying a fleet of electric vehicles?
  • Would your fleet charging infrastructure require new electrical transformers or other equipment?  

Please email EV@coserv.com with your feedback, questions and suggestions.

 

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