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Energy Department Invests $18 Million in PEVs
The Energy Department recently announced $18 million in support of five projects for research, development, and demonstration of innovative PEV and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane. Learn More »

Louisiana eyeing clean energy projects with Volkswagen settlement money
State officials are eyeing clean energy projects like fuel-efficient school buses in Louisiana after a U.S. settlement with Volkswagen over the auto maker’s emissions scandal will send $18 million to the state. Learn More »

ChargePoint’s New Stations Promise Fast Charge In Minutes For Your Electric Car
To prepare for an expected jump in the number of longer-range EVs on the road, Campbell, Calif.-based ChargePoint is introducing its ExpressPlus charging network, a family of ultra-fast DC charging products designed to meet charging requirements now and in the future. Learn More »

Louisiana State University: The State’s First Workplace Charging Challenge Partner
The first EV charging stations at LSU were introduced in 2011, marking the state’s initial foray into the EV scene. Donated by Entergy, the charging stations were paid for by its shareholders through a fund established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through innovative projects. Learn More »


PEV market showing signs of resiliency

There are currently 15,377 electric charging stations and 40,346 charging outlets in the United States. The increased demand for charging infrastructure has been driven by the growing number of PEVs on the road around the country. By the end of 2016, the US market had seen cumulative PEV sales of over 535,000. Some of the key trends noticed in recent months includes:

  • Greater battery density and vehicle range
  • Declining battery costs resulting in more compelling PEV economics
  • Automakers making significant investments in PEVs
  • Growing number of PEV models a key driver of growth
  • PEV purchases remain resilient despite lower gas prices
  • See the latest adoption figures by PEV models here
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Vehicle Benefits

  • Quiet and Quick: PEV drivers receive high performance and quick acceleration combined with quiet comfort.
  • Recharging Convenience: PEVs minimize, or even eliminate, trips to the gas station, affording owners the convenience of plugging in at home, the workplace, or other public locations in order to recharge.
  • Lower Operating Costs: PEV drivers enjoy lower operating costs as a result of efficiencies gained from the electric drivetrains and fuel savings resulting from lower average electricity costs.
  • Emissions Mitigation: Depending on the vehicle model, PEVs produce little or no tailpipe emissions.
  • Safety: Many PEVs receive top National Highway Safety Traffic Administration ratings.

RELIABILITY

  • PHEVs: Because PHEVs include an internal combustion engine (ICE), their maintenance requirements are similar to a conventional vehicle. The electrical components (battery, motor, and corresponding electronics) require minimal scheduled maintenance.
  • BEVs: Because BEVs do not include an ICE, there are fewer moving parts to repair and fewer fluids to change. The battery, motor, and associated electronics require little to no regular maintenance, and the battery has a lifetime of 10 to 12 years on average.

SAFETY

  • PEVs sold in the US must meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
  • In the event of a collision or short circuit, PEV battery packs include safety features that deactivate the electric systems
  • Battery pack testing standards include conditions such as overcharge, vibration, extreme temperatures, short circuit, humidity, fire, collision, and water emersion
  • Due to the increased battery weight, PEVs tend to have a lower center of gravity than conventional vehicles, making them more stable and less likely to roll over
  • National Safety: decreasing reliance on globally traded petroleum by increasing the use of nationally created electricity

ENVIRONMENT

Transportation activities account for about a third of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion. This totals over 1,800 million metric tons of emissions of all greenhouse gases. On average, a vehicle emits approximate 20 pounds of CO2 per gallon of gasoline consumed. As gasoline and diesel burning vehicles are replaced with electric vehicles, these emissions will be reduced. Improvements to overall vehicle fleet efficiency and conversion to other low emission technologies (hybrids, PHEVs, flex fuel, etc.) will also reduce emissions from the transportation sector.

Of course, electric vehicles that require charging are using electricity from Entergy’s power grid. Entergy has one of the cleanest generation fleets in the utility industry and works every day to make this fleet cleaner and more efficient.

Choosing The Right Vehicle

Use the AFDC Vehicle Search to find all of the PEV models available on the market.


Economics

Operating and maintenance Costs

Because they use electric drive motors for propulsion, PEVs have fewer mechanical parts and generally require less maintenance than their ICE counterparts. Using electricity as their fuel source, PEVs also help drivers cut down (or eliminate) their spending on gasoline. These two benefits combined can significantly reduce the costs associated with operating and maintaining the vehicle.

Charging equipment and installation

When choosing a PEV, it’s important to also consider what your charging needs will be, the different charging applications currently available, as well as their associated costs. The table below uses market averages to provide estimates on the costs associated with charging equipment and installation.

Single Port EVSE Unit Cost Installation Cost
AC Level 1 Charging 2 to 5 miles of range per 1 hour of charging

$300-1,500 $0-3,000
AC Level 2 Charging 10 to 12 miles of range per 1 hour of charging

$400-6,500 $600-12,700
DC Fast Charging 50 to 70 miles of range per 20 minutes of charging

$10,000-40,000 $4,000-51,000

Calculators

Choose a vehicle to compare fuel cost and emissions with a conventional vehicle.

Federal Incentives

A federal tax credit of $2,500-$7,500 is available for PEV purchases. Learn more by searching the AFDC’s Federal and State Laws and Incentives Database.

State Incentives

Depending on your location, you may also be eligible for incentives from your state or city.