Making the switch to an electric vehicle, or an EV, can help you save money while going green. Below are some things to consider before buying an electric vehicle.
What Types of EVs Are Available?
There are 2 types of EVs that rely on electric motors.
How Should I Choose an EV?
When shopping for an EV, a useful specification for comparing models is the range. The battery size determines the driving distance before the vehicle needs recharging. EV battery sizes are measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). Some EV models have options for larger batteries for greater range.
Visit the Electric Vehicle Guide for help in choosing an EV model and finding rebates and tax incentives.
How Do I Charge My Vehicle?
You can charge your EV at home if you have power where you park your car.
- A Level 1 charger comes with most electric vehicles. This charger plugs into a standard 120-volt outlets and it has the longest charging time.
- A Level 2 charger is an optional accessory that plugs into a 240-volt outlet, the same as an electric stove or dryer. The higher voltage means that the charging time is shorter.
Questions to Ask Dealers
Because EVs use relatively new technology, research the vehicles and the specific models before visiting dealers. Here are questions to ask:
How Green are EVs?
Whether you drive a battery-only vehicle or a plug-in hybrid, your driving produces fewer greenhouse gases. Unlike power from gasoline or diesel engines, some electricity comes from renewable sources, and the amount continues to increase. See how much of SMECO’s electricity supply is renewable.
The Maryland government offers additional resources below.