The City of Holland is committed to cleaner air and reducing its carbon footprint. To meet those goals HBPW is promoting plug-in electric vehicles by offering rebates for level II chargers and information about plug-in electric vehicles.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Basics
There are many considerations when buying an electric vehicle. HBPW is committed to keeping you up-to-date with the most current information while the market is evolving. Here are a few basics
EV Technology: There are two types of plug-in electric vehicles: plug-in extended range hybrid vehicles and battery electric vehicles. They come in a variety of makes and models. The battery electric vehicle runs solely on battery power. The plug-in extended range hybrid generates energy from a battery and an internal combustion engine used to extend the range of the vehicle (typically by recharging the battery). It is important to understand the vehicle you are considering, as it will impact driving range, energy usage and charging options.
Cost of EV’s: EVs range in price from around $23,000 to upwards of $100,000. There are several opportunities to reduce the cost of owning and operating an electric vehicle. Federal incentives can help reduce the upfront purchase price. In addition, the overall cost of ownership is made more economical through fuel savings, potential savings on auto insurance, lower maintenance costs and more. Compare your current vehicle’s costs to that of an EV using the Department of Energy’s (DOE) vehicle cost calculator.
EV Range and Charging: How far you drive is an important consideration before purchasing an EV. You may be surprised by how little you drive per day and how many charging stations are available near you. Statistics show that 78 percent of American drivers travel less than 40 miles a day.
Home Charging Installation: Most EVs can charge at your home on one of two charging levels. The level you chose will determine how fast your EV will charge. Level 1 charging can typically be done using standard outlets already in your garage or near where you park. For level 2 charging or higher, you may need to upgrade your home’s electrical system. This should always be done by professionals and with the appropriate permits, if any are required.
Environmentally Friendly: There are two categories of vehicle emissions: direct and life cycle. Direct emissions are emitted through the tailpipe. Battery electric vehicles produce zero direct emissions, reducing pollution and helping to improve air quality. Life cycle emissions include all emissions related to fuel and vehicle production. According to the DOE, EVs typically produce fewer life cycle emissions than conventional vehicles because most emissions are lower for electricity than burning gasoline or diesel. HBPW uses a larger percentage of natural gas generated electricity than the state average, resulting in a better life cycle rate than most of the state.
Level II Charger Rebates
HBPW offers a $300 rebate for a home level II EV charger, and a $1,000 rebate for commercial level II charger.
Home Charger: To qualify for the home charger rebate the charger must be: ENERGY STAR listed, WI-Fi compatible, and the charger manufacturer must be willing to send monthly usage to HBPW. Currently HBPW has an agreement with the following manufacturers: Chargerpoint.
When applying for the home charger rebate the customer also agrees to the Time-of-Use rate. The Time-of-Use rate offers a lower rate to charge your EV between 10PM to 8AM Monday – Friday and all day for weekends and holidays. The higher rate applies 8AM to 10PM Monday – Friday.
Commercial Charger: To qualify for the commercial charger rebate the account must be a commercial or industrial electric account, and the charger must be for commercial use and be ENERGY STAR listed.