EV Frequently Asked Questions
What EV is best for me?
All major automakers are now offering more efficient plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric models every year. Visit the websites of your favorite brands to learn about their plug-in offerings or visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center for a summary of currently available EVs.
How far can I get on a single charge?
EV range is improving every year. Several models can go more than 200 miles on a single charge and some even have over 300 miles of range.
How will charging an EV affect my electric bill?
An average electric vehicle can travel about three miles per kilowatt-hour used. Driving 1,000 miles per month while charging with El Paso Electric’s EV rate during off-peak hours would cost about $12 per month. Driving 1,000 miles while charging with El Paso Electric’s Texas residential rate would cost approximately $35 per month. By comparison, a conventional vehicle that averages 30 miles per gallon with gasoline prices at $2.80 per gallon would spend $93 per month.
Does El Paso Electric offer a special EV rate?
Yes. El Paso Electric offers a special Electric Vehicle (EV) rate in Texas that saves customers money when charging their vehicle during the utility’s off-peak hours between 6:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. Customers will need to request an additional meter from EPE in order to be qualified for this rate. You should consult a qualified electrician about the costs to upgrade your home or business to accommodate an additional meter for the EV charging circuit. Read about EPE’s EV Rate here.
What initial start-up costs can I expect for installing charging equipment?
Depending on your current wiring and charging needs, prices will vary for installation. Any licensed electrician will be able to provide further details for these services. In some cases, you may be able to use an existing outlet in your garage and charge at Level 1 with no additional equipment or installation costs.
What EV’s are available?
Please visit Alternative Fuels Data Center for a summary of currently available EVs.
Will I save money by switching to the EV rate?
Yes, driving 1,000 miles while charging with El Paso Electric’s Texas residential rate would cost approximately $35 per month. Driving 1,000 miles per month while charging to the special EV rate during off-peak hours would cost about $12 per month. By comparison, a conventional vehicle that averages 30 miles per gallon with gasoline prices at $2.80 per gallon would spend $93 per month. Therefore, you can save from $58 to $81 per month on fuel by driving electric.
What is the EV community?
This first-of-it’s kind initiative provides EPE customers interested in learning more about EVs as well as existing EV owners with up-to-date information, exclusive newsletters and EV resources found in El Paso Electric’s service territory. And once you become an EV owner, you will even receive a members-only Welcome Kit! So, join our community and let’s keep the EV movement charging forward.
I bought an electric car/hybrid plug-in car, what do I need to do?
Notify El Paso Electric so we can analyze if the existing transformer can handle the additional load from your vehicle. Please send us an email to email@example.com or call 915-351-4224 to request a planner.
Join the EV Community to have access to exclusive events, newsletters, gifts, EV rates, and up-to-date information.
Is it true EVs don’t work in cold conditions/ Can the battery of an EV overheat?
That is false. EVs continue to work in cold weather. However, in extremely cold temperatures, it is possible for your battery to reduce its range. This is also the case with gasoline-powered cars. EVs now come with thermal management systems that help regulate battery temperature for both cooling and heating. EVs are ideal for driving in the snow. Their batteries make them heavier than traditional cars, which improves their traction. Their smoothness helps you control the power in slippery conditions very easily.
Are there available incentives for purchasing EVs?
Yes, visit El Paso Electric’s EV Incentives on our website.
Are EVs more expensive to own than gasoline-fueled cars?
No. Even though the MSRP price of electric vehicles may be higher than gasoline vehicles, the ownership cost of EVs are significantly lower than gasoline/diesel vehicles. EVs will save you money on gasoline and maintenance, plus many EVs qualify for federal and state tax credits which may further reduce the cost of ownership.
Should I notify EPE if I buy an electric vehicle?
Yes. El Paso Electric needs to analyze if existing transformer can handle additional load. Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 915-351-4224 to request a planner. In addition, consider joining the EV Community to have access to exclusive events, newsletters, gifts, EV rates, and up-to-date information.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
For additional information please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or call 915-543-5970. You may also want to consider joining the EV Community to have access to exclusive newsletters and up-to-date information.