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EV 101

EVs are better, safer, faster . . .
cheaper to own and operate.
Simply, a better technology.

Listed below is a great summary of the CASH rebates, tax CREDITS, energy savings, time savings, and reasons why buying an EV, now more that every, is the right move!

Which EV is right for me?

With more than 30 electric vehicles to choose from, there is an EV for every lifestyle and budget. To help select the right EV for you, EV guides are available from:

Electric Car Insider - Buyer’s Guide & App

Plug In America

Sierra Club - EV Guide

BEV - Battery Electric Vehicle (commonly referred to as just EV)
BEVs are all electric and run exclusively on a battery. 

 - Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

PHEVs run on batteries for a short period of travel and then switch to gasoline. All of these vehicles have plugs.

Rebates and Incentives *
There are U.S. Federal tax CREDITS and State of California CASH rebates up to $12,000 for plug-in vehicles.

United States
Up to $7,500 in Federal Tax CREDITS against your tax liability, based on battery size, are available. If you do not have enough of a tax liability, a lease may allow the leasing company to take the tax credit and pass most or all of the credit back to the person leasing the vehicle.
US Federal Income Tax Credit !

State of California

California residents can get CASH rebates up to $4,500 for the purchase (or lease) of a new BEV or PHEV:
California Clean Vehicle
Rebate Project

There is a new pilot program only for San Diego County residents that allows residents to get pre-approved for the CA rebates. This allows the resident to apply the rebates toward the down-payment or purchase at the time of sale:
CA Rebate Pre-Approval Program
San Diego County !

CA low to moderate income CASH rebates up to $2,000 are available based on the type of vehicle (BEV or PHEV) and income. For example, a CA rebate on a Nissan Leaf (BEV) of $2,500 is available, with an additional income based $2,000 CA rebate for low to moderate incomes. Higher income levels are excluded from this rebate: 
CA Income Eligibility Rebate !

1st Responders, Police, Fire and Teachers
Contact SDG&E for details about their $1,000 Rebate:
SDG&E EV Rebate Program !

HOV Lanes
Bypass the traffic. Plug-in electric vehicles are eligible to drive in CA car pool lanes with just one person. Visit the CA DMV website to apply for a sticker.
CA HOV Stickers

It may sound complicated, but it's actually easy and much like charging your mobile phone.

All EVs come with a 120-volt charger that can be plugged into a standard household outlet. Faster charging can be achieved at home by using a 240-volt outlet (similar to an electric dryer outlet). Even faster public quick charging and DC fast charging stations are available in many convenient locations and more are being added locally, and around the world, everyday.

90% of EV drivers charge at home (typically at night) avoiding the weekly trip to a gas station which is required with a gas vehicle. In addition, there are charging stations at work places, schools as well as over 1200 public charging stations in the San Diego area and more are being installed everyday. Some are even free to charge! Your on-board GPS system in your EV can direct you, or you can find a public station through the app If you buy a Tesla, you can use Tesla's supercharger stations which are conveniently located across the country and around the world. Tesla US Superchargers.
How Long?
120 Volt ~ 5 miles of range per hour
240 Volt ~ 10-27 miles of range per hour
DC fast Charging or Tesla Superchargers ~ 80% charge in 30 minutes 

Electric costs - compared to gas?
In San Diego, SDG&E offers lower electric rates from midnight to 5 am called “time of use rates” (TOU). These lower rates make EV energy costs at least ½ the cost of gas. For example, if you drove a Nissan Leaf 15,000 miles a year, your monthly energy cost (charging from home) would be approximately $53. If you drove a gas car (28 miles/gallon, $2.40/gallon) 15,000 miles, the cost would be approximately $108.  The average Californian saves over $600 a year by driving electric. Imagine the energy cost savings over the life of the vehicle.

Maintenance costs - EVs compared to gas?
EVs have additional cost savings compared to gas vehicles because an EV has far fewer moving parts. EVs never need oil changes, engine spark plug tune-ups, timing and serpentine belt replacements, oil and engine air filter replacements, oxygen sensor replacements, etc, etc, etc. Also, EVs wear break pads less because an EV can use the electric motor to slow the car down for most of the breaking process. This type of breaking even adds electricity back into the battery as the car slows. This is called regenerative breaking and it captures much of the energy that would have been lost to friction and heat.

How far can I drive?
PHEVs have a range dependent on gas tank size and electric miles. BEVs have ranges of 70 – to over 300 miles, dependent on battery size. Efficiency depends on the vehicle and your personal driving habits.

Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego

Educating and Advocating for EVs since 1967

* Please consult a professional regarding leasing, rebates, tax credits or any other statements made here. Statements made here are believed to be correct, but are not guaranteed. Federal, state and local programs may change without notice. Please refer to the proper programs and governmental agencies for current details and requirements.