There are currently around 1,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on Nebraska’s roads today, with the market ready to expand. Electric vehicles are fun to drive and provide significant benefits to consumers and Nebraska’s economy.
+ ELECTRIC VEHICLES KEEP MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF NEBRASKANS.
Fuel efficiency is rated in kilowatt-hours (kWh) per 100 miles rather than miles per gallon. If you pay $0.11 per kWh for electricity and have an average electric vehicle rated at 34 kWh per 100 miles, the cost is about $0.04 per mile. If gas is $3 per gallon and a gas-powered vehicle gets 25 mpg, the cost is about $0.12 per mile. This scenario amounts to a savings of $800 for every 10,000 miles you drive. Clearly, these savings can easily offset the additional cost to purchase an electric vehicle over the vehicle’s lifetime. The U.S. Energy Department has created a website to determine an eGallon, or the cost of fueling a vehicle with electricity compared to a similar vehicle that runs on gasoline.
+ ELECTRIC VEHICLE MAINTENANCE COSTS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER.
Plug-in electric vehicles typically have lower total cost of ownership and, in particular, lower maintenance costs. This is because they have fewer moving parts, reduced oil changes (or none for a full electric) and fewer brake jobs—battery regeneration absorbs most of the energy. Hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles can go 100,000 miles before receiving a brake job. Visit the Electric Power Research Institute for an electric vehicle cost of ownership report
+ ALL NEBRASKANS HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHARGE.
Electric vehicles can be charged in the comfort of home, avoiding trips to the gas station. They can be charged on a standard 120V wall outlet, also called Level 1 charging. Faster charging can be achieved at home or workplace with Level 2 charging.
+ CHARGING STATIONS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ACROSS THE STATE.
Public charging stations continue to pop up across Nebraska. Businesses, electric utilities, and government agencies are establishing a rapidly expanding network of charging infrastructure, proving it is possible to get nearly everywhere with an electric vehicle.
+ ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY.
EVs are fueled from energy from the local electrical grid, which is cheaper for all consumers. Money spent on local electricity gets reinvested back into the local economy.
+ ELECTRIC VEHICLES ARE ENERGY EFFICIENT.
Electric vehicles convert about 59%–62% of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels. Conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 17%–21% of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels.*
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Owning an electric vehicle can offer further advantages including access to incentives and benefits provided by the federal and state agencies and utilities supporting the move to electric vehicles.
Federal Purchase Incentive
Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles purchased may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit varies based on the capacity of the battery used to power the vehicle.
State Purchase Incentive
The Nebraska Dollar and Energy Savings Loans program offers low interest rate loans for the purchase of electric vehicles. Loan terms are dependent on the type of vehicle purchased.
Electric Vehicle Related Incentives
Features incentives on electric vehicles, home charging stations and new residential construction electrical wiring for future home charging stations is available for a limited time.
As popularity and interest in electric vehicles increases, we’re here with information to help buying and owning an electric vehicle easier.
+ HOW DOES AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE WORK?
A plug-in electric vehicle is a vehicle that can be plugged into an electrical outlet or charging device to recharge its battery. There are two types: battery electric vehicles, which run only on electricity, and plug-in hybrids, which run mainly or solely on electricity until the battery is depleted and then are powered by an internal combustion engine.
+ WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER BEFORE PURCHASING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE
Choosing the electric vehicle that’s best for you depends on a number of different factors including your driving habits and personal preference. Here are some factors to consider:
• Total Range — How far will you travel? The total range of current electric vehicles vary greatly—anywhere from 40-350 miles.
• Charging — Where will you charge? Where you drive and how you’ll charge your vehicle can help you decide which electric vehicle will meet your needs.
For more information, view a Consumer’s Guide to Electric Vehicles.
+ WHAT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE?
Electric vehicles reduce the amount of gasoline we burn and are less costly to maintain, among many other benefits:
• Reduced Operating Emissions — The emissions associated with the electric drivetrain of plug-in electric vehicles come from power plants generating electricity to charge the batteries and not from tailpipe emissions. Additionally, from well to wheel, electric vehicles emit approximately 66 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) compared with internal combustion vehicles. CO2 is the principal gas associated with global warming.
• Reduced Noise — In addition to being cleaner, electric vehicles are quieter than gasoline-powered vehicles, resulting in less noise pollution.
+ AREN’T ELECTRIC VEHICLES EXPENSIVE?
When you consider the total cost of ownership, including purchase, rebates, fuel costs, and maintenance, plug-in cars are cheaper than similar gas cars.
+ HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE TO REPLACE THE BATTERIES?
Not for many years. GM and Nissan offer warranties covering eight years or 100,000 miles of driving on the lithium-ion batteries in the Bolt or the Leaf.
+ HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CHARGE AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE?
Charging time depends on the car itself, as well as the power supply that you have. Other factors should also be taken into consideration, such as how empty the battery is, and the temperature of the battery before charging. As an example, one major manufacturer states charging a completely depleted battery requires the estimated charge times depending on charging type:
• 120 volts – 50 hours
• 240 volts (32 amps) – 9.5 hours
• DC Fast Charger – 1 hour 20 minutes.
+ WHY DOES NEBRASKA’S PUBLIC POWER INDUSTRY BELIEVE ELECTRIC VEHICLES WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE STATE?
Technology, driving range, and cost have caught up with consumer expectations. In fact, consumers will now be able to purchase an electric vehicle that meets or exceeds their expectations.
Today’s electric vehicles also offer the ability to charge the vehicle on a standard 120-volt outlet, which every home has. Owners have the option of purchasing higher-powered chargers for quicker charges. There are also chargers available at commercial locations across the state, with more planning to be installed.