Electric Vehicles

Helping you embrace the future

Electric vehicles (EVs) are one way to use renewable energy on a daily basis. Get answers to frequently asked questions by checking out the electric vehicles FAQ. If you drive less than 100 miles per day then an electric vehicle may be an attractive option you didn’t think about before. Even if you drive more than 100 miles per day there are EVs that have ranges of 300+ miles so they have really started to push the boundaries of what is capable and that is expected to grow.

Electric Vehicles Frequently Asked Questions

Most EVs have top of the line technology and have GPS charging station locations built in to help drivers find nearby stations. If you run out of a charge while driving, there are companies working on portable charging devices that will be used by towing companies to help you quickly recharge on the side of the road to get to the next charging station.

At this time, we are researching and gathering data from 100 EV owners in our service territory to determine what our members want from us in regards to EVs. We are investigating rate structures, offering chargers, installation, etc.

The distance you can travel on a full charge will vary based on the vehicle type, battery size and age and other factors, such as topography and driving habits. Most EV’s now can travel 150-300+ miles on a full charge.

Yes, you can charge your vehicle at home. The new generation of electric vehicles will have standardized connectors to charge as either Level 1 (120-volt) or Level 2 (240-volt).

The cost of charging will depend on the vehicle's battery size. Our rates hover around 9 cents per kilowatt-hour. So you can multiply that by the number of kilowatt-hours your battery size is to get the total cost to go from 0% to 100% charge.

This depends on your vehicle's battery size and whether you are using Level 1 or Level 2 charging. For example, most EVs are expected to take 10-12 hours to charge with Level 1 and 4-6 hours with Level 2 charging.

Much like adding a pool or hot tub at your home, there will be considerations you need to make regarding the electric service at your house. First, work with your vehicle dealer to get all the needed information about your electric vehicle. Next, you will need to contact an electrician. The installer will need to purchase a State Electrical Permit and arrange for an inspection by the state. Depending on the age of your home, you may require service panel upgrades. Level 2 charging equipment will require a 240-volt, 40-amp dedicated circuit connected to a breaker. It will need to be hard-wired directly into the circuit by a licensed electrician. You should also contact MTE to determine if any MTE system upgrades will be needed.

Level 1:

  • Charges at 120 volts, the same voltage as a standard home electric outlet. Level 1 would be like running a hair dryer for the amount of time it takes to charge your vehicle.

Level 2: 

  • Charges at 240 volts, the same voltage as a clothes dryer outlet. Vehicles charging with a Level 2 system would use about as much energy as running both a handheld hairdryer and clothes dryer for the time it takes to charge your vehicle. 

Level 3 - DC Fast Charge: 

  • Requires 3 phase power. There will be 60 fast-charge locations installed in Tennessee around Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga.

Current and future electric vehicle owners can learn about tax credits, emissions, charger locations and more by checking out some of these handy links:

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