Electric Vehicle Buyers & Dealers

If an electric vehicle (EV) fits your driving needs, you may be able to lower your fuel costs, reduce harmful air pollution released while driving, support domestic energy production, and experience many other benefits that this technology offers.

How much can I save by driving an EV?

EVs save drivers money through their lower operating and maintenance costs. Using electricity to drive is about one-third less expensive than using gasoline. Some utilities offer time-of-use rates that would lower the price of electricity at night, which is the most common time for EV charging. 

Public charging stations that have a usage fee are more expensive than charging at a residence because the station fee includes equipment depreciation, networking fees, and other costs. Additional support and discounts are available to EV drivers. Maintenance costs are often lower for some EVs than for gasoline cars because oil changes are not needed and electric motors have very few moving parts. An EV Calculator can help estimate the lifetime costs of using an EV to meet individual driving needs.

What EV is right for my driving patterns?

The types of EVs range from those that are more efficient but fuel on gasoline like conventional cars (hybrid electric vehicles [HEVs]) to those that don’t use any gasoline at all and run only on energy stored in batteries (battery electric vehicles [BEVs]), with plug-in hybrid electric (PHEVs) and extended ranged electric vehicles (EREVs) falling somewhere in between.

Drivers get the most benefit out of an EV when they do most of their driving using electricity, which is much cheaper per mile than gasoline. Picking an EV with an electric range that is right for your travel needs is critical. Test driving an EV is a great way to experience its power and quiet operation. Learn more about the models for sale in New York State on the Plug-in Electric Vehicle and Battery Electric Vehicle pages. Smartphone Apps, or an online tool like Sierra Club's Pick-a-Plug-inLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. questionnaire, can help you decide what EV fits your driving requirements.

How do I "fill-up" my EV?

HEVs use electricity to supplement their gasoline engines but only need gasoline to operate; no electric charge is necessary. BEVs only use electrical power so they need to be plugged in to charge their battery. PHEVs and EREVs can be plugged in and then run on electricity for a short distance (between 10-40 miles), but they have a regular gasoline engine that automatically takes over when the battery charge runs out.

Before buying an EV, you should consider where you might be able to consistently charge your car and how much it will cost. EVs have several charging options. Overnight at your home is the best opportunity to charge and can usually be accomplished with a low-cost AC Level 1 charger that only requires a standard 120 volt (V) outlet and typically adds 2-3 miles of range per hour of charging. For faster charging at home, an AC Level 2 charger can be installed on a 240 V circuit. AC Level 2 charging will typically add 10 or more miles of range per hour of charging, but comes with an added upfront cost of between $1,000 and $3,000. A certified electrician should be consulted to determine what electrical upgrades may be needed to have an AC Level 2 charger. Consider getting an estimate for installation before buying an EV if you think you will want AC Level 2 charging at home. 

People who do not own a garage or people who live in multifamily buildings may face additional challenges with plugging in at home. Agreements over ownership of the equipment and cost of operations will need to be arranged unless the landlord or third-party provider owns and operates the charging station.

Other than at home, where else can I "fill-up" my EV?

Your workplace may be another place to charge your EV while it is parked there for the workday. Electric vehicle charging stations installed at public venues allow drivers to drive more electric miles in their EVs so they can use low-cost and low-emission electricity for errands or recreational purposes. Stations at public venues typically provide faster charging rates of 10-20 miles of added range per hour using AC Level 2 chargers. 

DC Fast Chargers can charge 80% of an EV’s battery in as little as 20 minutes. A limited number of these stations are being installed in high traffic areas or along highways. Learn more about charging options and visit the Charging Station Locator or use Smartphone Apps to find public charging stations throughout New York State.