Electric vehicles are fast becoming a reality in homes across the country. Stearns Electric is ready to provide you with the information to help you understand the advances in electric vehicle technology! Before you consider an electric vehicle it is important to understand the market. This resource helps answer common questions Co-op members have about electric vehicles:
PURCHASING AND CHARGING YOUR ELECTRIC VEHICLE
Before you purchase an electric vehicle (EV), it is important to know what is available and where to charge your new EV. For owners of EVs, at home or workplace charging provides the greatest percentage of their needs. When planning trips, charging on the road during longer trips requires a little more planning since you’ll need access to charging stations along the way. Public charging infrastructure is being added at a fast pace and will soon simplify those longer trips.
Businesses and public building owners are beginning to install Level 2, 240-volt, public chargers across the state. Level 3 fast-charging stations along highways and in public places can recharge a car to 80 percent of battery capacity in less than 30 minutes.
Please visit www.plugincars.com/charging-stations to learn about available charging infrastructure.
Electric vehicles come in all shapes and sizes. Visit www.plugincars.com/cars to learn about electric vehicle options.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN MINNESOTA
MNCharging.org is a useful tool that helps connect consumers who are interested in purchasing electric vehicles with information on statewide electric vehicle programs available at their electric utility. Visit MNCharging.org to learn more.
Stearns Electric Programs
Stearns Electric offers a lower rate for charging electric vehicles during off-peak hours on the ChargeWise Program. We also offer up to a $500 rebate for the installation of an in-home charging unit enrolled on the ChargeWise Program.
Great River Energy is offering you an opportunity to power your electric vehicle with 100% wind energy, for the life of the vehicle, at no extra cost. Learn more about their Revolt Program.
HOW DO I KNOW I’LL BE GETTING 100% WIND ENERGY?
Energy comes from all kinds of sources: wind, natural gas, coal and so on. Once it hits the power grid, there’s no way of telling where it came from. However, when renewable energy is added to the mix, a renewable energy credit (REC) is created that embodies all of the environmental benefits of that energy. When you claim your Revolt upgrade, we will dedicate wind energy RECs on your behalf, completely offsetting the energy used to power your electric vehicle.