Electric vehicles: Less fuel, maintenance, and emissions than gasoline cars

What type of Electric Car is Best for you?

Fully Electric Vehicle

  • Electric motor only
  • Greenest option: no more gas!
  • Lowest fueling cost
  • Simple, low-cost maintenance: no oil changes or smog checks
  • Range up to 315 miles on new models
  • Federal and state incentives of up to $10,000 to reduce price

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

  • Both electric motor and gas engine
  • Usually uses electric range first, then switches to gas-electric hybrid
  • All electric range up to 53 miles, plus many more miles on a tank of gas
  • Maintain both engine and motor
  • Typically lower federal and state incentives
  • Currently eligible for carpool stickers

How much range do you need?

  • How much do you drive in an average day?
    The average commute in San Mateo County is about 44 miles round trip, easily in the range of a fully electric cars.
  • Does your household already have another car? 
    Fully electric cars make great second commuter cars if more than one person in your household needs to drive.

Considering a fully electric car as your only vehicle, but wondering about road trips? Rent exactly the right vehicle for the occasion. Skiing? Rent a four-wheel drive. Camping? Rent a camper van. Meanwhile, save on your every day drive!

Types of Chargers

Level 1: Easy

Plug in at home to a normal outlet. You don’t need special equipment to charge your car at home. Electric cars come with a cord that works in normal 120-volt household outlets on a dedicated circuit. An average EV can add about 30 miles of battery range overnight.

Power: 120-volt
Time: Overnight

Level 2: Faster 

Plug in to 240-volt chargers. For faster charging, many owners install Level 2 chargers at home or use charging stations at work or other convenient locations. An average EV can add about 100 miles of battery range in about 4 hours.

Power: 240-volt
Miles: 100
Time: 4 hours

Level 3: Fastest

DC fast charge while running errands. A special plug lets some EVs charge super fast with direct current. Public Level 3 chargers are located at grocery stores and shopping malls throughout San Mateo County. An average EV can add over 100 miles in 40 minutes.

Power: 480-volt
Miles: 100
Time: 40 mins

Electric Vehicle Rates

Peninsula Clean Energy offers electric vehicle (EV) rates that mirror PG&E’s rates, at a 5% lower cost.

PG&E offers two EV rate plans for residential customers: EV2-A which combines your vehicle’s electricity costs with those of your residence and EV-B which involves the installation of another meter and separates your vehicle’s electricity costs from those of your home. Both EV2-A and EV-B are non-tiered, time-of-use plans, which means that the rate you pay is based on the time of day you use the electricity.

For EV2-A, costs are lowest from 12am – 3pm when demand is lowest, making this the best time to charge your vehicle. Electricity is more expensive during the peak hours of 4-9 pm and partial-peak 3-4 pm and 9 pm-12 am periods.

For more information on EV rates or to change your rate visit PG&E’s EV rates page (changing your rate with PG&E will automatically update your PCE rate).