Electric vehicles: Less fuel, maintenance, and emissions than gasoline cars
Electric vehicles (EVs) cost significantly less to run, have lower maintenance costs and emit 25 times less emissions than gasoline-powered cars!
Interested in learning more about electric vehicles? The information below includes cost comparisons between electric vehicles and gas-powered cars, the difference between electric electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in electric vehicles, the different incentives available and EV electricity rates.
For more information on electric vehicles and their savings compared to gasoline-powered vehicles, visit www.ev.pge.com
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.
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.
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.
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.