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Is an electric vehicle in your future?   

  by  Amy T.  on  7/31/2018

Electric Vehicles signAre you one of the millions of Americans that say the next car they buy will be an electric vehicle (EV)?

A survey released earlier this year by the American Automobile Association determined that the appetite for electric cars is heating up. The survey shows that 20 percent of Americans will likely go electric for their next vehicle purchase, that’s up from 15 percent in 2017.

If you’re like me, EVs weren’t even on my radar until recently. But with the growing excitement around the industry coupled with technology improvements and environmental benefits, I thought I’d take a deeper look.

Price. Given the considerable efficiency of EVs compared to internal combustion vehicles, the cost per mile to fuel an EV is approximately one-third to one-quarter the cost of gasoline (on a cost per mile basis). And because EVs don’t have exhaust systems and don’t need oil changes, maintenance costs are reduced.

Plus, there are many tax credits for buying a new EV. In addition to a federal and state credit, Nissan is extending its offer of $3,000 off the Nissan LEAF to Colorado Springs residents through September.

Home charging and range anxiety. EVs can plug into a common 120-volt outlet with a small mobile charger that resembles an extension cord. Or like many EV owners, you can install a faster charger that uses a 240-volt outlet, like those used for clothes dryers.

As for on-the-go options, public and workplace charging options are growing in popularity. With a range of more than 300 miles per charge, depending on the type of EV, that’s a lot of trips to and from my kids’ sports practices.

For our family road trips, Plugshare provides an easy-to-use map to help you locate one of the many charging stations across the nation.

EV types. There are two types of EVs, all-electric and plug-in hybrids. All-electric vehicles depend solely on a battery for fuel and must be recharged when the battery is depleted. Plug-in hybrid EVs operate on both a battery and a gasoline engine. The car initially runs on power from the battery, and when the battery is depleted, it can continue to operate on gasoline. For me, this type of vehicle helps alleviates that range anxiety a bit.

If you are thinking about buying one, I encourage you to check out the information on our website.

If you happen to already own an EV, we want to hear from you. Please email us about your driving and charging experiences around Colorado Springs!

 
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Bought a new Tesla one month ago and love the Tesla charging station in the downtown parking garage!

Friday, August 03, 2018  7:08 AM  Martha Marreel

How do you pay for charging your EV at these charging stations? Also, when you pull into a gas station, it usually takes about 5-10 minutes to fill up. How much charge do you get for how many minutes? Thank you.

Saturday, August 11, 2018  12:04 PM  Ernesto Gonzalez

Martha -- congrats on your EV, and thank you for your comment about charging it in Colorado Springs. You are really Changing the Current!

Ernesto -- thanks for your questions! Most charging occurs at home, so visiting a charging station is unnecessary for local travel and day trips.

The speed to charge an EV depends on the type of charging station and the vehicle. Charging rates vary from 10 miles/hour for older EVs to 175 miles/hour. By charging at home, you have all night to replenish the EVs battery so will always have a full charge for the day.

To pay for charging at public stations, you join the network associated with that station. That’s a simple process, but details vary by network.

We hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further questions or comments.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018  8:54 AM  Colorado Springs Utilities

I just want to know the price.Thanks

Thursday, August 23, 2018  3:50 PM  Ebenezer

Try going to Kansas from the Springs. You may get there in 3 days if your lucky and have called AAA a couple of times. Also no one speaks about the cost of your electric bill.
You make it sound like it’s free to drive a electric car. Just buy it, charge it and away you go. No additional cost. You brag about no oil changes. But I can drive a life time, pay for my oil changes, for a quarter cost of batteries replacement. My gas bill doesn’t even come to the price of the battery replacement. Plus I can drive a nice sized vehicle, not a wheel barrow with a electric motor.

Thursday, August 23, 2018  4:38 PM  Sieg