Plug-In Electric Vehicles
EnergyUnited Provides Public Charging Stations
EnergyUnited is now 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. Reports from 2018 show that there are currently over 10,600 electric vehicles registered in the state and nearly 600 public charging stations installed across the state, with over 1,250 ports that electric vehicle drivers can plug into.
EnergyUnited is supporting driving electric by continuing to add additional 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.
Electric Vehicle Benefits
It’s a big change to switch from fueling at the gas pump to fueling at an outlet, however many drivers are seeing the vast benefits of choosing an electric vehicle.
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- Cost Savings: You can save over $1,000 per year in fuel savings alone 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, spark plug replacements and other common maintenance upkeep.
- 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: Electric vehicles provide a lot of opportunities for the electric grid, including supporting greater integration of renewable generation, helping manage 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 is considered.
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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 One, Level Two 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.
- Level 2: Level 2 charging is commonly found in public locations, including shopping centers, downtown areas, multifamily communities and workplaces. The stations can also be installed at home if a 240-volt outlet is available. Level 2 charging is three to five times faster than Level 1.
- DC Fast Charge: DC Fast Charge stations provide an opportunity for a very quick charge. These stations are capable of charging a depleted electric vehicle’s battery to 80 percent capacity in under 30 minutes. DC Fast Charge stations are usually located in high-traffic public areas such as gas stations and busy shopping centers.
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