Buying a Plug-in Electric Vehicle
New to the EV world in the Sacramento region? Here's your guide to get started with hints, suggestions, and recommendations.
Clean Cars 4 All is a Sac Metro Air District program to help income-qualified residents buy a zero or near zero emission car. To participate, you must turn in a 2005 model year or older car.
While EVs are gaining in sales popularity, with new models released frequently, it is still a relatively exclusive "club". This section provides information on opportunities to meet, ask questions, and learn from the experiences of other EV owners. You'll discover information about your own EV and what's coming in the future. NEW OWNERS added monthly.
One of the biggest areas of concern for non-ev owners is charging. Common questions: Where do I charge? How long does it take? How much does it cost? Click on the image above to find the answers to these questions and more. INFO ON PURCHASING HOME CHARGERS!
Do you own a smartphone? Then you have a tremendous resource for your plug-in electric vehicle in your hands, but only if you download the necessary software. View a list of apps from the Apple and Google Stores for many of the popular plug-in electric vehicles on the market today. More EV apps appear regularly, so check often. Find your favorites!
Federal and State governments, County governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations encourage EV adoption through incentives, special accomodations and privileges. From DriveClean.ca.gov
Anyone who orders a new Model S, X, or 3 using the referral link of a current owner, will receive incentives (incentives change often). In return, the current owner will also receive an incentive that can be applied to a new car, service center visit, PowerWall, Solar Roof, or accessory.
SMUD and PG&E currently offer discount rates for charging plug-in electric vehicles at off-peak times (night and early morning in most cases) to reduce electricity demand during high use periods. Read more here!
Specific information and links to State of California, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) electric vehicle charging incentives for small to large businesses.
Read more in this section.
While plug-in hybrids can be recharged overnight using their 120-Volt charging cords, battery-electric drivers should really have access to a 240-Volt Level 2 charging station. These will recharge the full battery pack in from 4 to 9 hours, depending on the specific car. To lay out the principles, we're starting with what it takes to install one into a garage that's being built or extensively remodeled.
You are now the proud owner of an EV and likely have a vested interest in helping others improve our future. Support SacEV: help expand public charging infrastructure, join the workplace charging team to allow your EV to charge at work, share your EV experiences with the community at events, and help educate all ages about the potential of electric vehicles.