Electric Vehicles FAQs and Resources

  • What are electric vehicles?

    Electric vehicles use electricity as their primary source of fuel or to improve the efficiency of conventional vehicles. In general, there are two types of electric vehicles:

    • Electric Vehicles (EVs) use electricity as their only power source and are powered by a rechargeable battery. EV batteries are charged by plugging the vehicle into an electric power source.
    • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) use both conventional fuel and electricity to power the vehicle. This type of vehicle can be plugged into an electric power source when available, but also has the option of using gasoline to travel long-distances between charges.
  • What are the benefits of an electric vehicle?

    • Lower fuel costs - Electric vehicle owners can pay less at the pump by powering the car with electricity instead of gasoline.
    • Low home energy costs - Through the use of special Electric Vehicle Time-of-Use Rates, homeowners can charge their vehicle with a lower-than-normal energy rate and potentially save even more money on their home energy costs by not using energy at the peak demand times.
    • Convenience - Electric vehicles can be charged in the comfort of home, avoiding trips to the gas station.
    • Help the environment - Electric vehicles operate much cleaner than gasoline-burning vehicles. And NV Energy’s electricity is created from a variety of clean sources such as solar, geothermal, wind, hydro and natural gas.
    • Help the country - Using less gasoline means the nation’s dependence on foreign oil is reduced.
  • Are electric vehicles practical?

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, more than 75 percent of Americans commute 40 miles a day or less. Most electric vehicles with battery-only technology can travel between 60 to 90 miles between charges, depending on driving conditions. Most plug-in electric vehicles with gasoline-powered back-up systems will drive roughly 40 miles on a charged battery and can automatically switch to its gasoline powered system to provide an additional 250 to 300 miles of range.

  • Is it easy to charge an electric vehicle?

    Yes. In most regards charging a vehicle is nearly as easy as charging a cell phone.  There are a number of options to charge electric vehicles, and all are easy.  Knowing one's driving needs is the first aspect to consider.

    For example, a short Monday-through-Friday work commute and short trips to neighborhood shopping can easily be accommodated by simply plugging a cord from the electric vehicle into a standard 120-volt outlet.  For an even better energy rate, customers can opt for the NV Energy Electric Vehicle Time-of-Use Rate and program the vehicle to charge only during the off-peak 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. hours.

    For longer, more-frequent driving, a 240-volt Level 2 charging system may be the best option.  This will charge a vehicle more quickly.  Electric vehicle dealers and/or manufacturers can provide information about specific Level 2 charging resources and about costs and equipment required to install Level 2 chargers in a home. These systems can also accommodate specific off-peak charging times that can provide the lowest-cost rate option.

  • Where are public charging stations?

    There are a growing number of public charging stations throughout the United States.  Various online maps and cell phone apps are available to help electric vehicle drivers find the type and location of public charging stations

    These links below will help you find charging stations in Nevada or anywhere in the United States.

    National Charging Station Map
    Nevada Charging Station Map

  • Does NV Energy offer a special electric vehicle rate?

    Yes, NV Energy offers special Electric Vehicle Time of Use Rate for its customers - both in northern and southern Nevada. The rate allows customers to charge their vehicle at a discounted rate during the utility's off-peak hours, which are between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.  As an added benefit, the entire house or apartment gets the discount, not just the energy used to charge the vehicle.  To achieve the greatest benefit, customers will want to adjust the use of certain appliances (washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc.) to take advantage of the lowest-cost rate during the off-peak hours.

    Time of use rates are higher during daytime and early evening hours (peak-usage) and lower during nighttime hours (off-peak). To help customers who are uncertain about the best rate for their lifestyle and electric vehicle charging needs, a comparison will be made between the Electric Vehicle Time of Use Rate and the regular flat rate for the first 12-month period.  If the Electric Vehicle Time of Use Rate was more costly during that period, NV Energy will credit the difference back to the customer and give the customer the option to move back to the flat rate.

  • Does NV Energy offer any electric vehicle rebates or incentives?

    NV Energy does not offer any rebates for EVs, nor does the state of Nevada. A list of incentives can be obtained at http://www.pluginamerica.org/incentives.  There are federal income tax credits available for electric vehicle owners, and a tax consultant can be consulted for specific details.