Electric Vehicles

Plug-in Charging StationElectric vehicles are becoming more than just a product of the future. All electric cars and plug-in hybrids (battery and gas powered) are now more affordable, and technology has advanced to increase the battery life, making owning and driving an electric car more of a reality.

 

 

Types of Electric Vehicles (EV)

BEV, PHEV, what does it all mean?

  • BEV or EV (Battery Electric Vehicle) all-electric vehicle that operate on 100 percent battery; charged by plugging into grid
  • PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric) uses energy from plugging into grid; contains combustion engine that kicks in when battery power runs out.
  • Learn more at afdc.energy.gov

Advantages

An electric vehicle sounds smart, but you're probably wondering, "What do they have to offer?"

  • Fuel economy: PHEVs and EVs can reduce fuel costs dramatically because of high efficiency of electric motors
  • Reduced maintenance costs: no oil changes, no air/fuel filters, no exhaust system, no muffler or catalytic converter
  • Performance: high torque, immediate power, quiet and smooth ride
  • Charge anywhere: plug and recharge your vehicle at home or at a charging station (work, store, highways)
  • Clean: no tailpipe emissions
  • Learn more here.

Incentives

Federal and state incentives make owning an EV more of a reality.

The federal government offers up to $7,500 in income tax credits.

Louisiana residents can receive a tax credit of 7.2 percent of the vehicle cost of up to $1,500.

Cost Comparison - EV vs. a combustion engine

What is the cost comparison for an electric
vehicle vs. a traditional combustion engine vehicle?
 
Assuming the average person drives 43 miles each day in Louisiana, the national
average cost of electricity at $0.12 kilowatt-hour and gasoline at $2 per gallon.
The daily cost to refuel a
gas-powered vehicle that
gets 30 miles per gallon
  The daily cost
to recharge an
electric vehicle
 
$2.87 $1.55
   
In fact, for the cost benefit of electric cars to fall below the traditional gas-powered
vehicle, gas prices would need to drop to $0.99 per gallon and electricity prices
would need to almost double to $0.22 per kilowatt-hour.
 

Plug-in Hybrid & EV models to choose from

Company Model Information
PLUG-IN HYBRIDS uses energy from plugging into grid; contains combustion engine that kicks in when battery power runs out.
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
BMW 330e, 530e, 740e xDrive, i3Rex, X5 xDrive40e, i8
Cadillac CT6
Chevrolet Volt
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Ford C-Max Energi SE, Fusion Energi SE
Hyndai Sonata, Ioniq
Kia Optima, Niro
Mercedes C350e, GLC350e, GLE550e, S550e
MINI Countryman
Mitsubishi Outlander
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
Toyota Prius Prime
Volvo XC90 T8, S90 T8
ELECTRIC an all electric vehicle that operates on 100 percent battery.
BMW i3
Chevrolet Bolt EV
Fiat 500e
Ford Focus Electric
Hyundai Ioniq
Kia Soul EV
Mercedes B250E
Nissan Leaf
smart fortwo electric drive
Tesla Model S, 3, X
Volkswagen e-Golf

 

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and may not reflect recent changes.

Charging systems for the EV battery

So now you have your electric vehicle, how do you give it life?

There are three different levels of charging systems: Level 1, Level 2 and DC Fast Charging (Level 3). Each level provides a different level of charging power for your electric vehicle. To learn more, click here,

Level 1 Level 2 DC Fast Charging
120 volts-standard household outlet 240 volts-standard system for household dryer 400-600 volts
Uses power cord provided with the electric vehicle Requires installation by an electrician Delivers DC energy by bypassing on-board charger
Slow charge: 8-14 hours for full charge Fast charge: 4-8 hours for full charge Fully charged in about 30 minutes

Finding an EV charging system

Charge your electric vehicle, but where?

Electric vehicles must have a charging station to recharge its battery pack. Many companies offer public-charging stations, either free or for a low-rate charge, to employees or customers. Needing to charge away from home? Look no further than a downloadable mobile map application! Two mobile options are: