If you’ve been considering purchasing an electric vehicle, there are many factors to consider, like what type of electric vehicle may be best for you and your needs. Will you need/prefer a battery-electric vehicle (BEV), a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), or a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV)? And what type of electric vehicle charging system is best for your home or business? There are many organizations that can assist you in answering these questions, like consultants Green Ways 2Go, with whom we recently partnered on an episode of 630 Naperville on NCTV17.
EV’s can be charged by plugging into a 120-volt household outlet in your own garage, but that can be quite slow. Many homeowners choose to upgrade to a 240-volt charging station, which provides a much faster charging process. But how will you know which is right for you and your budget? Check out this helpful information on Choosing the Right Home Charger from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Keep in mind that older homes may need a service upgrade prior to the installation of a residential charger!
The DOE also offers a comprehensive resource page that details electric vehicle technology, including descriptions of all types of EV’s available and other helpful information, like an Electric Drive Cost Calculator.
U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center
EV Charging Infrastructure Incentives
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is directed to provide funding, consistent with Illinois Commerce Commission-approved Beneficial Electrification Plans, to public and private organizations and companies to install and maintain Level 2 or Level 3 charging stations. Up to 80% of the cost of the installation of charging stations may be funded. Additional awards may incentivize charging infrastructure in eligible communities. Applications will be posted at the link below when available.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Charging Incentive Program
DuPage County Resources
Additionally, DuPage County has a Sustainability Resources page detailing various incentives for solar installations, commercial PACE programs, EV incentives and comparison tools, along with alternative fuel station locator maps and much more! Below are two county municipalities offering electric vehicle charging stations rebate programs.
City of Batavia’s EV Charging Station Rebate Program
City of Naperville’s EV Charging Station Rebate Program
As you do your research, please remember our highly skilled and trained electrical contractors can inspect your office or home’s wiring and offer a personalized recommendation, based on your needs and their findings.