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Powering the Future By Driving Electric

Powering the Future By Driving Electric

EnergyUnited is a member of Plug-In NC, a statewide advocacy group that supports plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) adoption and raises awareness of the environmental benefits of driving an electric vehicle. As of 2018 there are over 10,600 electric vehicles registered in the state, and nearly 600 public charging stations installed across the state, with over 1,250 ports for charging.

EnergyUnited supports going electric by continuing to add charging stations throughout its service area. We already offer public access to charging stations at our offices in Lexington and Statesville, and in 2019 we will be installing charging stations at our Madison and Cornelius locations.

In addition to expanding charging options, EnergyUnited is also showcasing the advancement in technology that is complementing the growth of the electric vehicle industry with the recent addition of a Tesla Model 3 to our company fleet.

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EnergyUnited Tesla Model 3 + Charging Station

EnergyUnited Tesla Model 3

The Benefits of Driving Electric

It’s a big change to switch from fueling at the gas pump to fueling at an outlet, but going electric not only helps the environment, but it also helps your pocket. Check out this chart to see just how much people are saving on average.

Cost Savings

You can save over $1,000 per year in fuel savings by driving an electric vehicle. There are also additional maintenance savings because battery-electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than gasoline vehicles and do not require oil changes, transmission repairs or spark plug replacements.

Co-op members interested in going electric are eligible for our Residential Plug-In Vehicles Charging Station Rebate, which provides $500 to help offset the initial cost of a charging station installation. It’s our gift for helping us protect the environment.

Energy Independence

Electric vehicles are fueled with locally generated electricity, not imported oil.

Driving Performance

Electric vehicles are fun to drive! They have instant torque and provide a quiet, smooth ride.

Power Sustainability

Going electric is a big benefit to the grid, like supporting greater integration of renewable generation, managing peak loads, optimizing energy efficiency and enabling future potential for vehicle-to-grid energy storage.

Environmental Improvements

Electric vehicles do not produce vehicle emissions while in all-electric mode, and they are cleaner even when the emissions from electric generation are considered.

Federal Tax Credit

You can also earn a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 when you purchase a new EV. Find out which EVs qualify for a federal tax credit.

CHARGING STATIONS

Electric vehicle owners have multiple options when it comes to charging their vehicle. They can plug them into a standard outlet or charge at an electric vehicle charging station. Charging stations are categorized into three levels: Level 1, Level 2 and DC Fast Charge.

Level 1

All vehicles come with an adapter to plug into a standard 120-volt outlet, known as Level 1 charging. This level provides the slowest charge, around 3 to 5 electric miles per hour of charge. Charging your car overnight can provide adequate mileage for an average commute.

Level 2

Level 2 chargers are three times faster than Level 1 chargers and are commonly found in public locations like shopping centers, downtown areas and workplaces. The stations can be installed at home if a 240-volt outlet is available.

DC Fast Charge

DC Fast Charge stations provide a very fast charge. These stations can charge a depleted electric vehicle’s battery in under 30 minutes. DC Fast Charge stations are usually located in high-traffic public areas such as gas stations and busy shopping centers.