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An electric vehicle has a number of advantages compared with a conventional gas-powered vehicle. Read more below about EVs and how to help determine if one is right for you.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)
Like a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), a PHEV has both an electric battery and a gasoline engine. In HEVs, the electric motor assists the internal combustion engine. With PHEVs, it is the other way around. PHEVs get most of their power from the electric motor, which acts as primary, while the internal combustion engine acts as a back-up. Additionally, PHEVs can be plugged in to charge the battery to full capacity. The Toyota Prius Prime is an example of a PHEV. The Chevy Volt is an example of an extended range PHEV.
Battery electric vehicle (BEV)
These electric vehicles are powered exclusively by batteries. BEVs must be plugged in to charge the battery to full capacity. The Nissan LEAF, all Tesla models and CHevy Bolt are examples of BEVs.
Makes and models
There are a variety of makes and models for each type of electric vehicle. See the Plug-in Vehicle Tracker for a list of what's coming and when. The list includes highway-capable cars and trucks, two- and three-wheeled and commercial vehicles. Eugene-based Arcimoto produces the three-wheeled SRK, a BEV.
Most owners of plug-in electric vehicles will charge their cars at home using a Level 1 or Level 2 charger, which can be installed on 120- or 240-volt circuits.
DC fast charging
If you are in the market for a new vehicle, consider going electric. We are offering a limited $200 incentive to customers who purchase or lease a new, qualifiying electric vehicle. The incentive is intended to help offset the cost of your charging infrastructure needs which could include, but is not limited to, purchase of a Level 2 charger or hiring an electrician to assist with installation.
The federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax credit is for $2,500 to $7,500 per new EV purchased for use in the U.S. The size of the tax credit depends on the size of the vehicle and its battery capacity. To find out specific tax credit amounts for individual vehicles, visit FuelEconomy.gov.
In addition to federal tax credits, the State of Oregon's upcoming Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Program will provide rebates to Oregonians who purchase certain types of electric vehicles (including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) and other qualifying zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs). Learn more.
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