Electric Vehicles 101
Why should you drive electric?

Many drivers are making the switch to electric vehicles. Here’s some fuel for thought on why you should consider going electric:

Cost savings that add up
savingsGas Savings

With our low, off-peak energy prices, driving electric equates to spending less than $1 per gallon of gasoline.

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savingsMaintenance Savings

EVs don’t need as much standard maintenance, saving you money on things like oil changes and tune-ups.

savingsPurchase Savings

With federal and local tax credits, manufacturer rebates, local dealership incentives and a growing inventory of used vehicles, it’s never been more affordable to drive electric.

A clean break for our environment

Fueling your car with electricity can reduce emissions by two-thirds, versus a gas powered vehicle.

Alternative Fuels Data Center: Emissions from Hybrid and Plug-In Electric Vehicles (energy.gov)

When you enroll in one of Xcel Energy’s renewable energy programs, you can drive with 100% clean energy.

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Charging that's easy and convenient

If you can plug in your smart phone, you already know how to charge an EV.

Skip the trip to the gas station and charge your electric car at home while you’re asleep.

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Driving that's both fun and practical

EV drivers get high performance, quick acceleration, and a quiet, comfortable ride.

There are EV models to fit most lifestyles, including minivans and SUVs that can hold all your gear and the whole family. There are also more all-wheel drive options than ever before.

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What is an electric vehicle?

Every EV has a plug and runs on electricity, but there are two main categories of electric vehicles. 
batteries and station with batteriesAll-electric vehicles are also known as battery electric vehicles (BEVs). BEVs are powered solely by electricity. When the battery depletes, it is recharged using electricity from a charging station.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) can operate on electric battery power as well as on gasoline. When the electric battery depletes, the gas-powered engine turns on.

How far can I drive in an EV?

Several all-electric vehicles can travel 100-300+ miles on a single charge. But if you, like most people, have a daily commute that’s less than 40 miles round trip, virtually every EV can meet your daily driving needs.
Going on a longer trip? Public charging stations are available in many areas.

What are the typical maintenance costs for an EV?

Electric vehicles typically have lower maintenance costs because they have fewer moving parts.
With a battery electric vehicle, there’s no oil to change, no spark plugs or timing belts to replace, no muffler or catalytic converter to repair.
Plug-in hybrid EVs use the gas-powered engine less, so the engine needs less overall maintenance.
Brakes also last longer, thanks to a unique EV feature: regenerative braking. When you take your foot off the accelerator, the electric motor slows the car down, so you don’t need to apply the brakes as frequently. Regenerative braking technology also captures this extra energy to charge the battery, extending your range.

How long do EV batteries last?

Federal regulations mandate that an EV’s battery be covered by the auto manufacturer for at least eight years or 100,000 miles. Some automakers offer longer warranties. In some cases, an EV battery can be repaired instead of needing to be replaced.

What happens to the old batteries when they need replacement?

Batteries used in electric vehicles are recyclable and can have many useful lives. Some businesses are looking into second-life industries for EV batteries, such as back-up power storage for buildings.

What is an ICE car?

You may hear or see the term “ICE” referring to a gas-powered vehicle. “ICE” stands for Internal Combustion Engine.

How do I electrify my fleet?
How can I add charging for my community / business?
Can I charge my EV with renewable energy?

As an Xcel Energy customer, you’re already charging your EV with renewable energy within our energy mix. Additional solar power, wind energy, and other sources all add up to create a diverse fuel mix to meet your energy needs.
Want to go further? Explore your renewable program choices to charge with up to 100% renewable energy.

How can I add charging for my multifamily building?