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Electric Vehicle FAQs

Questions or concerns about EV ownership? Find answers to common electric vehicle questions.

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Electric vehicles (EVs) and equipment are quiet, clean and efficient and offer drivers the opportunity to save money on fuel and maintenance costs, reduce their environmental impact and contribute to the energy independence of the U.S. by using a domestically produced source of energy. Learn?More??
While the upfront cost for an electric vehicle may be higher than a traditional vehicle, the ongoing fuel and maintenance costs should be much less. EV owners should expect to see an increase in their electricity usage, however this is much less than the price of gasoline or diesel fuel - approximately equivalent to paying $0.80 per gallon for gasoline.
Your electric bill will vary depending on the type of vehicle, the size of the battery, how often you charge the battery, the efficiency of the charger and the distance you drive. Assuming you drive 12,000 miles per year, 280 watt-hours per mile, 11.5¢ per kilowatt-hour and only drive on electric, your monthly electric bill will increase $32.24, much less than the average monthly cost for gasoline-powered cars.
Not at this time. DP&L has proposed a distribution modernization plan to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) which includes investments in electric vehicle infrastructure and options for time-of-use rates, which could benefit EV owners. The plan is pending PUCO-approval. Learn?More??
Most vehicles can charge on a standard 120-volt outlet, so you may be able to use an existing outlet. Many customers choose to have a 240-volt Level 2 charging station for faster charging. If you choose to do this, please call our Construction Control Center at 800-253-5801 at least two weeks in advance so we can ensure the electric equipment delivering energy to your home can support this.
Consult a licensed electrician for the installation of a Level 2 charger and wiring. Level 2 charging station outlets are similar to those of a clothes dryer.
At this time, there are no special rates for charging at specific times. But, it is helpful to charge your car when everyone else is using less energy - overnight is recommended. You should especially avoid charging your car on hot, humid summer afternoons and evenings when fans and air conditioners are running continuously.