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Here in the Pacific Northwest, where we enjoy abundant, low-cost hydroelectric power, electric vehicles make good business sense and are an important piece of the region's move away from fossil fuels. Utilities, delivery and distribution companies, and even rental car companies are increasingly recognizing the benefits of electrifying their fleets for their operations.
Transportation electrification is an important and smart solution towards community carbon reduction goals. And the low cost of ownership helps make EVs accessible to a range of income levels, bringing the benefits of cleaner, cheaper transportation to more households and businesses.
In addition to the cost savings you'll get from driving an EV, you may qualify for EWEB rebates and state and federal tax credits.
As a business owner, having a Level 2 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), commonly called "charging station," at your business can help increase the convenience and affordability of driving electric for your employees and customers. EWEB's $1,000 Smart Charge Rebate for commercial customers can help offset the installation cost.
Here are some key benefits of installing electric car charging at your place of business:
The online tool helps make electric vehicle shopping easy. PlugStar helps you find the EV that best meets your needs and gets you connected with a qualified EV dealer near you.Try PlugStar
Electric vehicles mean less money for gas and maintenance and more money to grow your business. In our area, it will cost you about $3 to go 100 miles in an electric vehicle, compared to about $11 in a gas-powered car. And fewer moving parts make electric vehicles ultra-low maintenance. Tax rebates and EWEB incentives help bring the cost of ownership down even more.
Compare annual vehicle energy costs for your business with this interactive EV Explorer.
Nearly 70% of consumers say they care whether a company has a socially responsible business model. Here in Eugene, where 90% of our power comes from renewable resources, replacing your fossil fuel burning cars with clean, efficient electric vehicles is one way to lower your business carbon footprint and build your reputation as a sustainability leader.
While any electric-powered car has the potential to significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, you have a couple of electric options:
Pure Electric - Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are powered entirely by electricity-no gas and no emissions. Like all electric vehicles, BEVs can also recharge their batteries through regenerative braking. Compare emissions and costs for several models of BEVs.
Plug-in Hybrid - PHEVs have both an electric battery and a gasoline engine. They get most of their power from the electric motor, which can be plugged in to charge the battery. The internal combustion engine acts as a back-up. Compare emissions and costs for several models of PHEVs.
Hybrid - Like Plug-in EVs, hybrids have both an electric battery and a gasoline engine. However, hybrids can't be recharged from the electric grid-all of their energy comes from gasoline and regenerative breaking.
Our Greenpower program is a voluntary program that allows you to support clean, sustainable energy and encourage renewable energy projects in our local community.