Electric Vehicle Program
Our new Electric Vehicle Program is launching in summer of 2019! Find out more about electric vehicles and if one might be right for you.
Are You Looking to Drive Electric?
The electric vehicle industry is gaining momentum. Research has shown that people are turning to electric vehicles for the savings on fuel and maintenance costs, driving performance and being environmentally friendly. Of those, the leading reason appears to be the savings owners see at the plug by not having to pay at the pump.
As your local electric co-op looks to develop programs to meet the needs of electric vehicle owners, we need your help. Share your experience as an owner of an electric vehicle on the form below.
Is An EV Right For Me?
KV REMC's New Electric Vehicle
2019 Chevrolet Bolt
Share your EV Experience
Kankakee Valley REMC is embracing this new technology and educating our staff on electric vehicles. We are interested in why you decided to "plug" in, what model you drive, how it has fit your needs and any challenges you have experienced. Share you story with us as we evaulate charging options and a electric vehicle program that will fit the needs of our members.
You can share your story in the form below or call our office at 219-733-2511 and ask to speak to Dave Howell.
Is an EV right for you?Consider the following questions if you are thinking of purchasing an electric vehicle but aren’t sure if one suits your lifestyle or budget.
Consider Your Mileage
- I commute 40 or fewer miles each day.
- I rarely take long trips.
- The average driver clocks in 40 miles each day commuting to work or running errands. If that aligns with your daily mileage, consider an electric vehicle (EV). Charging overnight should keep it ready for your commute. Most EVs range 60-100 miles per charge.
- An EV is a good option for a second vehicle.
- If you average more miles per day and/or take frequent long trips, a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) may meet your needs. PHEVs use a combination of an electric motor and gasoline engine to provide good fuel economy, a longer range and the ability to keep driving after the battery is depleted. Another option is a hybrid. While hybrids don’t offer some of the benefits of an EV, you’ll get better fuel mileage than with a conventional vehicle without plugging in.
- I plan to purchase a new vehicle.
- I plan to lease a vehicle.
- Purchase price for electric vehicles may be somewhat higher. In 2018, base prices for an EV ranged from $22,000 at the low end to $72,000 for a top-end vehicle.
- You may receive a federal tax credit for BEVs and PHEVs.
Charging Your EV
- I have access to a 120-volt outlet where I can recharge the car and can charge overnight.
- I have access to a 240-volt outlet where I can recharge the car.
- My place of employment offers access to a charging station.
- Areas where I shop or spend time offer access to a charging station.
- I prefer a vehicle that does not require battery charging.
- EVs operate solely on electric power, and you must recharge the vehicle. The battery in Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles must be recharged also, but the vehicle can operate on gas if the charge runs out. Hybrid vehicles do not need charging.
- A 120-volt outlet in your garage or driveway will handle overnight charging if you are driving only about 40 miles per day
- If you want more rapid charging, you will need a 240-volt outlet.
Maintenance & Operation Costs
The purchase price does not tell the entire story. Operating cost and maintenance expenses should be calculated into the total cost, which are generally less for EVs.
- Energy costs to operate a typical EV run $590 a year, and PHEVs cost about $720 a year in energy costs.
- Maintenance costs will be far less in an EV, as there are few moving parts and the design is less complex. PHEVs do have both electric and combustion components, but they may still have lower maintenance costs than a conventional vehicle.
- Federal tax credit may be available. You may also qualify for additional “perks” offered through your electric cooperative, such as a time-of-use rate.