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More drivers are tapping into the benefits of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV). PEVs provide lower operating expense, are more available and affordable than ever before, reduce vehicle emissions, are easy to operate and fun to drive.

PEV adoption is easier than you might expect. Over 30 plug-in vehicle models are on the market, providing options that can fit a variety of transportation needs.
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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV)

PHEVs provide electric operation for 30 miles (+/-) and a gas engine that enables continuous operation if plug-in charging is unavailable.

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Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)

BEVs use only electricity and don’t require gasoline. BEVs are recharged when you plug them in, and they also generate some of their own power through regenerative braking.

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Extended Range Electric Vehicles (EREV)

EREVs are powered primarily by battery and have a secondary gas engine as back up power if plug-in power is not readily available.

Charging Options

There are two options for charging your PEV at home:

  • Level 1: Uses a standard 120-volt house outlet using a 15 – 20 amp breaker. Many PEVs can be fully charged using Level 1 in 4-8 hours using a standard 120-volt outlet, however this is dependent on vehicle type and battery capacity.
  • Level 2: Uses a 240-volt circuit similar to what is used for a central air conditioning system. Level 2 charging usually takes half the time of Level 1.
Public/Workplace Charging:
  • Workplace Charging: Some employers are beginning to provide charging resources for employees. This may be Level 1 or Level 2 and may have an associated fee.
  • Public: Many Retail, Business and Municipalities have begun integrating PEV charging stations, often level 2 and may have an associated fee.
  • DC Fast Charging provides 20 - 30 minute charging for vehicles that have DC fast charge capability.
  • Refer to FAQs for information on locating public accessible charging options.
Plug-in Ready Checklist

Before you drive home in your PEV, it’s important to get your house plug-in ready and become familiar with your charging options. Follow the steps in our checklist for a seamless transition.

1. Determine the charging option that is best for you. Consult your PEV dealer or contact Consumers Energy.
  • Level 1 charging allows you to plug into a normal, three-prong, 120-volt outlet.
  • Level 2 charging requires the installation of a 240-volt charging station at your home. After it’s installed, Level 2 charging will take half as long as Level 1.
2. Contact a Consumers Energy representative at 877-904-9246 to discuss:
  • PEV rate options
  • Electrical service/meter requirements
  • How rates might impact your monthly energy bill
3. Consult a licensed electrical contractor to determine what may be needed if installing a Level 2 charging station.

4. Your contractor or local city government can inform you if permits or other documents are required.

5. Have your electrical contractor install the charging station.

6. Ensure that an inspection of the charging station is performed (if required).

7. We’re here to make it easy. Contact Consumers Energy for questions or clarifications.


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