Interested in Electric Vehicles?
Electric Vehicle Benefits
The benefits of a cleaner, greener ride go further than your individual impact. Transportation accounts for 36% of New York State’s greenhouse gas emissions, and gasoline-fueled vehicles produce roughly double the CO2 emissions compared to their electric counterparts. By driving an electric vehicle, you can help reduce the emissions that contribute to smog and climate change, improving the health of our communities and our planet. With less or no tailpipe emissions, hybrid and fully electric cars help preserve the air quality, so you can breathe easy about your influence on the surroundings we all share.
The total cost to own and operate an electric vehicle is often cheaper than the total cost of a traditional car. On a standard residential rate, it costs approximately $1 for the current all-electric models to travel the same distance as traditional cars would on a gallon of fuel. That means you could save up to $1,000 per year in refueling costs alone—and charging off-peak can increase those savings.
Light-touch, instant torque and whisper-quiet operation are just a few of the advantages of fueling with electricity. Electric vehicle motors typically require less maintenance than internal combustion engines. Even brake pads last longer in electric vehicles because they use regenerative braking to slow down, converting the energy used to reduce the car’s speed into power that can be stored in the battery.
Electric vehicles are designed to go the distance. The average New Yorker’s round-trip commute is less than 20 miles. The newest electric vehicles have a range of 140–300 miles on a single charge.
Plugging in electric vehicles at home helps to avoid a detour to the gas station. If you’re on the go and need to power up or don’t have charging at home, a growing number of charging stations are available in our service area—and across the country. DC fast chargers will fill your battery up to 80% in roughly 30 minutes.
How to Save on Your Electric Vehicle Purchase
You qualify for additional savings just by living in our service area.
New York State Drive Clean Rebate for Plug-In Electric Cars
Get a point-of-sale rebate on your choice of more than 40 electric car models. Your rebate is based on the EPA all-electric range for that car model:
- $2,000 off >120 miles
- $1,700 off 40 to 119 miles
- $1,100 off 20 to 39 miles
- $500 off <20 miles and EVs with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of more than $60,000
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