Electric Vehicles Overview

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.

Electric Vehicle Benefits

  • 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.

Electric Vehicles and the Environment

Vehicles powered by electricity produce less tailpipe emissions per mile than conventional vehicles. This is especially true in Nevada, where a large percentage of energy comes from renewable energy. These vehicles contribute to a cleaner, greener environment and reduce an individual’s carbon footprint. Even when electric vehicles run out of battery life and automatically switch to gasoline-driven systems, they are among the cleanest passenger vehicles on the road.

How Clean is Your Electric Vehicle?
Emissions from Hybrid and Plug-in EVs
Green House Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Electric Vehicle Rate

NV Energy’s Electric Vehicle Time-of-Use Rate allows customers to pay a discounted rate if they charge the vehicle during the utility’s “off-peak” hours, which are currently between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. As an added benefit, the discount applies to all of the electricity used during that period, not just the electricity that charges the car.