Are you wondering whether an electric car is right for you? Take a look at the links below for more information about electric vehicles and the different models available.
Ten years ago, electric vehicles seemed so futuristic. But these days, EVs are becoming a common sight on our roadways. Consumers have more choices than ever when it comes to driving electric as manufacturers meet the growing demand for EVs with many new models, extended mileage ranges and great price points.
New to the Farmers' Fleet
2019 All-Electric Chevy Bolt
Farmers' Electric Cooperative recently added an electric vehicle (EV) Chevy Bolt to its fleet. Although we are at the early stages of multiple Members purchasing an EV, it’s the best time for your Cooperative to plan for the future. For example, we are analyzing the impact electric vehicles will have on Farmers' Electric regarding the grid, energy demand, and usage.
The Chevy Bolt will be used throughout our service territory, as an educational tool for both the Cooperative and our Members. Farmers' Electric strives to stay up-to-date on new technology and issues that may affect your Cooperative now and in the future, which includes electric vehicles.
How Many Miles Can You Drive?
Did you know the average daily commute to work is about 40 miles round trip? With an EPA estimated 238 miles of range on a single charge*, you can get through the day perhaps even three or four days without needing to plug in.
If you decide to take a road trip, just download an app on your smartphone to find available charging stations.
*The EV range will vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and conditions.
Battery Powered Vehicle
The Bolt EV is powered by a 60 kWh lithium ion high voltage battery pack, which holds a charge efficiently and has no memory effect (so it doesn’t have to be run down completely before recharging). It is best to keep this vehicle plugged in, even when fully charged, to keep the battery temperature ready for the next drive.
Charging Your Vehicle
A Level 1 portable 120 volt charging adapter is supplied with each Bolt. This plug roughly adds 4 miles of range per hour of charging.
Consumers may purchase a 240 volt (32 amp) charging unit, which is the most convenient way to charge at home however, it does require professional installation. For the Bolt EV, the 240 volt charging unit, offers the benefit of up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge. So, if you drive an average of 40-50 miles a day, you could replenish your battery in about two hours.