Understanding EVs

Electric vehicles (EVs) are fun to drive, cheaper and easier to maintain than gas-powered vehicles, and contribute fewer emissions into the air. With tax incentives available and a fast-growing network of charging stations, find out if owning an EV is the right choice for you.

Which EV is Right for Me?

Battery Electric

Fully electric cars offer the smallest environmental footprint and the biggest savings on maintenance and fuel.

Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids have a rechargable electric motor and a gas-powered engine to extend range if needed.

Traditional Hybrid

Powered by an electric motor and gas-powered engine, Hybrids recharge as you drive. Tax credits and other benefits may not apply.

Benefits of Plugging In

Federal Tax Credit

A federal tax rebate up to of $7,500 is available on many EV models.

Local Incentives

Even more savings from your state and/or utility company.

Low Cost to Own

EV owners can expect to spend half as much on maintenance and repair. (Consumer Reports)

Fuel Up At Home

Charge while you sleep, work, or at a growing number of public chargers.

Quick and Quiet

Enjoy fast and smooth acceleration, better handling, and a quieter ride.

Best of Both Worlds

Plug-in hybrids provide electric range for short trips and gas-power for longer journeys.

96%

of EV owners surveyed said they'd purchase another EV as their next vehicle.

Source: AAA

Owning an EV

Understanding Charging

Charging times vary depending of the type of charger used.

Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.

Electric vehicle charging port

Charging from Home

For plugin hybrid vehicles a standard outlet (Level 1) will be enough for overnight charging. For battery electric vehicles, a Level 2 charger will require professional installation by a licensed electrician. If you live in an apartment or condo, consider talking with the property owner about installing a charger or use a nearby public charger. Talk to our sales staff to find out more about charging from home.

Family having fun with 2 children and electric vehicle in the background

Battery Care

Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number will continue to increase. If you can keep your battery between 20% and 80% charged most days and avoid extremely hot temperatures, you can expect your maintenance to be minimal.

Electric vehicle battery care

Charging Stations Near Liberty Ford

  1. Liberty Ford

    4215 East Liberty Ave
    Northeast, OH 44089

    • Sales: (216) 332-7812
  2. Liberty Ford Brunswick

    3101 Center Road
    Brunswick, OH 44212

    • Sales: (330) 273-6214
  3. Liberty Ford Maple Heights

    5500 Warrensville Center Rd
    Maple Heights, OH 44137

    • Sales: (216) 332-7789
  4. Liberty Ford Aurora

    900 N. Aurora Rd
    Aurora, OH 44202

    • Sales: (440) 519-3213
  5. Liberty Ford Parma Heights

    6600 Pearl Rd
    Parma Heights, OH 44130

    • Sales: (440) 743-8002
  6. Liberty Ford Lincoln Vermilion

    4215 East Liberty Ave
    Vermilion, OH 44089

    • Sales: (440) 963-7503
  7. Liberty Ford Canton

    1423 West Tuscarawas Street
    Canton, OH 44702

    • Sales: (234) 410-3597
  8. Liberty Ford Commercial Vehicle Center

    5500 Warrensville Center Rd.
    Maple Heights, OH 44137

    • Sales: (216) 438-7410
  9. Liberty Ford Brunswick

    3101 Center Road
    Brunswick, OH 44212

    • Sales: (330) 423-1920
  10. Liberty Ford Canton

    1423 Tuscarawas St W
    Canton, OH 44702

    • Sales: 330-236-0871
  11. Liberty Ford Maple Heights

    5500 Warrensville Center Road
    Maple Heights, OH 44137

    • Sales: (330) 306-9301
  12. Liberty Ford Aurora

    900 N. Aurora Rd
    Aurora, OH 44202

    • Sales: (440) 519-3213
  13. Liberty Ford Parma Heights

    6600 Pearl Road
    Parma Heights, OH 44130

    • Sales: (440) 378-0598
  14. Liberty Ford Vermilion

    4215 East Liberty Avenue
    Vermilion, OH 44089-0457

    • Sales: (440) 389-3318
  15. Liberty Ford Brunswick

    3101 Center Road
    Brunswick, OH 44212

    • Sales: (330) 423-1920
  16. Liberty Ford Maple Heights

    5500 Warrensville Center Road
    Maple Heights, OH 44137

    • Sales: (330) 306-9301
  17. Liberty Ford Aurora

    900 N. Aurora Rd
    Aurora, OH 44202

    • Sales: (440) 519-3213
  18. Liberty Ford Parma Heights

    6600 Pearl Road
    Parma Heights, OH 44130

    • Sales: (440) 378-0598
  19. Liberty Ford Vermilion

    4215 East Liberty Avenue
    Vermilion, OH 44089-0457

    • Sales: (440) 389-3318
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Common Questions

A federal tax rebate of $7,500 is available on most EV models. Depending on where you live, state and local rebates and incentives may also be available. Check with your sales associate to find out if the model is eligible for rebates and incentives.

Other advantages of owning an EV include:

  • Eligible EVs may also qualify for HOV lane access, which are normally restricted to vehicles with multiple passengers.
  • Many electric companies offer lower rates based on the time of use. With EVs, you can save money by charging during off-peak times.
  • If you're able to charge from work or home, there's usually no need to stop to refuel like you would in a gas-powered vehicle.
  • EVs produce zero tail-pipe emissions resulting in cleaner air and better health.

This will vary depending on the local price of electricity and gas and where you are charging (at home or public charger), but most EV owners can expect to save on fuel cost. A recent Consumer Reports study found the “typical EV owner who does most of their fueling at home can expect to save an average of $800 to $1,000 a year on fueling costs over an equivalent gasoline-powered car.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/

A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly lower over the life of the vehicle – about half – than for gasoline–powered vehicles, which require regular fluid changes and are more mechanically complex. The average dollar savings over the lifetime of the vehicle is about $4,600.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/
Gas powered vehicles offer a range of 300-400mi. Battery electric vehicles offer a median range of 250mi. For EV owners who charge at home, this is more than enough for daily use. For longer drives beyond the range of your vehicle, check a public charger map for charger availability along your route.
  • Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

  • Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

  • Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.
Yes, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers can be used at home. In fact, the standard 120V outlet supports a Level 1 charger. Level 2 chargers require 240V and can be installed by a licensed electrician. If you do not own your home, you may need to work with your property owner to install a Level 2 charger.
Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number should continue to increase.

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