You have likely heard or read that most automakers are transitioning many or all their new vehicles to electric-only models (EVs) over the next 10 years. Regardless of the type of car you drive today, the electrification of the transportation sector is underway.
As our members’ local energy advisor, Peninsula Light Co. launched an electric vehicle resource hub a few years ago in response to the incoming trend of EVs. ChooseEV is a helpful tool found on our website for our members to have a one-stop-shop about all things EVs.
Q: Why is PenLight communicating about electric vehicles?
A: It’s no secret that consumer interest in electric vehicles is growing, and PenLight is providing information about EV facts, figures, rebates and more so our members can make informed decisions when considering an EV purchase.
Q: Why does PenLight have an EV?
A: PenLight introduced our first EV in 2019 for research and development purposes. Our EV helps us access key data and gain insights into how EVs operate and what infrastructure is needed to support them. We have an EV to help raise awareness and promote understanding of EV technologies. We also provide educational tools about EVs on our website and bring our EV to community events so folks have an opportunity to ask questions and form their own opinions.
Q: Why is PenLight involved in EV infrastructure issues?
A: All electric utilities are planning now to ensure they have the necessary electric infrastructure in place to meet future EV charging needs — without jeopardizing the ability to keep reliable power flowing to our local homes and businesses. As your local energy provider, PenLight is best suited to advise and help our members and local businesses plan for the electric vehicle future.
Q: Can I charge my EV using an existing outlet or do I need a special outlet?
A: All EVs come with a 110-volt-compatible (Level 1) charging unit which can be plugged into any standard household outlet. For an eight-hour overnight charge, this will enable traveling around 36 to 40 miles a day. If you typically drive longer distances or are in a hurry, a Level 2 charger takes about half the time and provides about 180 miles of range over an 8-hour charging period. A Level 2 charger must be installed by a licensed electrician. You can compare charger types and brands at our Electric Vehicles page.
Q: Does the outside temperature affect the range of an EV?
A: Outside temperatures, particularly colder weather, can impact the range of an EV. Unlike a gas powered vehicle, where the heat is mostly coming from the engine, an EV must produce cabin heat and manage an optimal battery temperature with energy that comes from the battery, which can reduce battery range.