Plug-in Electric Vehicle FAQs

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Purchasing a plug-in vehicle (PEV) is an important decision. We’ve assembled useful resources below for your consideration. If you have more questions, give us a call at 877-904-9246.

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A PEV is any motor vehicle that can be recharged by plugging into an electric charging source. Batteries on the vehicle store electricity which provides a portion or the entire power source to operate the vehicle.

There are several types of plug-in electric vehicles:
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) use both gasoline and electricity. These vehicles have two power systems, an internal combustion engine and a battery. The battery can be recharged using either the internal combustion engine or plugging the vehicle into an external source of electricity. Although vehicle technologies vary, PHEVS are charged by plugging in and through regenerative braking. Examples of PHEVs include the Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fusion Energi and Toyota Prius Prime.
  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) use only electricity to power the vehicle. All of the electricity comes from an electric charging source and regenerative braking (using the vehicle’s kinetic energy to recharge the battery). Examples of BEVs include the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt and any of the Tesla models. There are many different BEV choices coming to market over the next few years.
  • Extended Range Electric Vehicles (EREVs) have either a small internal combustion engine or other secondary source connected to a generator to resupply the batteries and allow extended driving when the batteries become low. Although the PEVs’ terminology (EREV) and (PHEV) are often interchanged, the best example of a EREV is the BMW I3.
No, currently there are no utility, state or federal incentives for public charging stations. We are interested in exploring options for public installations with business, organizations or governmental units. Please contact us at 877-904-9246 to discuss.
No, currently, there are no utility, state or federal incentives for home charging stations. We welcome the opportunity to discuss and share information relating to home charging stations. Please contact us at 877-904-9246 to discuss.
No, we can only work on the utility side of the meter, providing the necessary service to the house. A licensed electrician should be consulted for the electrical work.
There are several public charging stations now active in Michigan to charge PEVs. More are being installed. Find a charging station near you.