Electric vehicles (EVs) are new territory for many Texans. We’re here to help with choosing, charging and pairing your EV with the right electricity plan for maximum savings.


EV savings & incentives

You can drive savings into your pocket with EV incentives, rebates and other special offers. The state and federal governments offer tax credits for EV charger hardware and installation costs on level 2 charging, plus you can take advantage of additional incentives for simply owning a qualified EV. You can learn more about incentives on the US Department of Energy site

Fuel cost is an additional factor in your EV decision – you could save more than $4,000 over 5 years by owning an EV over a traditional gas-powered car.1 Interested in a specific make and model? Use this tool to compare fuel cost savings across a variety of vehicles.

 

At-home electric car charging options


Level 1 charging

Using a level 1 charger is the simplest way to power up at home because it plugs into a standard 120-volt electrical wall outlet.

  • Works with any standard 120-volt outlet
  • Suitable for EV owners who drive less than 30-40 miles a day (this can vary)
  • Great for plug-in hybrids, as the smaller battery capacity doesn’t take as long to charge
  • 100% battery-powered vehicles get an average of 2-5 miles of driving out of each hour of charge
  • Advantage to this type of charger is that it doesn’t require any investment home upgrades
 

Level 2 charging

A level 2 charger is a charging cable that connects to a 240-volt wall outlet (like your electric clothes dryer) which significantly reduces EV charging times.

  • Best for getting the full benefits and flexibility out of your car
  • Can fully charge depleted batteries in 5-15 hours (depending on the amperage of the charger) or 20-40 miles per hour of charging2
  • May need an electrician to install a 240-volt outlet in your garage
  • Some vehicles come with a level 2 charging cable onboard. For others, you’ll need to buy additional hardware to support this type of charging

 

Should you upgrade to a level 2 charger?

If you own or are considering a plug-in hybrid, level 1 charging will work just fine, but you’ll need to consider your driving range and how much time you have for charging each day. For 100% battery-powered vehicles, level 2 is a quicker way to fully charge your battery, but it does still take several hours to fully charge.

If your vehicle comes with a level 2 charger, you’re already ahead of the game – you’ll just need to plug in to a 240-volt outlet (electrical upgrades may be required). And if you want to reduce your charge time even more or your car doesn’t come with a level 2 charger onboard, you’ll need to install a dedicated EV charging solution in your garage. The advantage here is that you can choose a charging solution that has a higher amperage output, which will reduce your total charge time.

It’s always a good idea to have an expert inspect your home setup to make sure you have the capacity to support your upgrades.

 

Public charging options

Find a charging station near you.

  • DC (Direct Current) Fast charging – DC Fast charging stations now provide multiple connector options in order to service as many EVs as possible. These can charge your car in about 15 minutes.
  • Level 2 charging – Have a couple hours to spare? Public charging stations are equipped with Level 2 charging for times when you’re out running errands or at work.

 

      

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1 EV estimate based on driving avg. 15,000 miles each year and avg. electricity cost of $0.12 cents/kWh. Gasoline cost estimate based on avg. $2.77/gal.   

Based on data from https://fueleconomy.gov and the Department of Energy.

2 Alternative Fuels Data Center https://afdc.energy.gov/fuels/electricity_infrastructure.html

3 Energy charges are discounted every weeknight from 12am to 4:59am Monday through Friday and during the weekends from 12am to 11:59pm on Saturday and Sunday. Other recurring and nonrecurring charges, including TDU Charges, the monthly Base Charge and state and local taxes, apply normally to all hours of usage. A provisioned smart meter is required. Single family premises are eligible.