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Why Electric Vehicles?

According to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), electric vehicles (EVs) save money and reduce air pollution. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, EVs are more energy efficient and cost less to operate per mile. Because New York’s electricity includes clean sources, EVs reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants that cause smog and acid rain. New York state is striving to be ready to accommodate more than 800,000 plug-in electric vehicles by 2025 and 10,000 charging stations by 2021.

Where can I publicly charge my EV? 

Download the ChargePoint Mobile App or go to to locate electric vehicle charging stations near you.


Federal and state support is available to help residents buy electric vehicles, business owners and municipalities install charging stations, and technology developers conduct research and development work focusing on EVs. 

» For New York state support and information about the Drive Clean Rebate of up to $2,000 for new purchases, click here

» For information on federal tax credits up to $7,500, click here

» Click here for information on our electric vehicle time-of-use rate

» For information about the Charge Ready NY initiative, which provides a $4,000 rebate per charging port for public or private employers, commercial and apartment building owners, municipalities and non-profit organizations to install Level 2 charging stations, click here.

» The Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) Incentive Program provides an annual per-plug incentive in support of the development of public DCFC stations. This program is geared toward commercial accounts and other large organizations.


The driving range for electric vehicles varies by model, and has improved considerably. To compare electric vehicles, driving ranges and costs, click here

Plug-in electric vehicles can be charged using either 120 volt outlets (the same used throughout your home to plug in TVs, lamps and other ordinary appliances) or 240 volt outlets (the kind used for ovens and electric clothes dryers that require their own circuit). The 240 volt outlet will charge an electric vehicle in about half the time it would take to charge at a 120 volt outlet. Charging times vary depending on vehicle model and the voltage of the outlet being used. A full recharge for a Chevy Volt is about 10 hours at 120 volts, and 4 to 5 hours at 240 volts. The Nissan Leaf by comparison would need about 20 hours to charge with a 120 volt outlet and about 7 hours to charge with a 240 volt outlet. 

The cost to charge the vehicle also varies from model to model. Just as with gasoline cars, some are more efficient than others. 

Why Drive Electric? 

Switching to electric vehicles can help reduce emissions from transportation, the largest contributer in New York.


Plug-in Electric (BEV) Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)
Battery electric vehicles run solely on electricity. They store power in batteries that are re-charged by plugging in. These vehicles have no tailpipe and emit zero greenhouse gases when driven. They often have longer electric driving ranges than plug-in hybrids.
Has an electric motor and internal combustion engine that automatically takes over when the electric charge runs out. Optimum for drivers who travel long distances frequently and are concerned about the range of a plug-in electric vehicle meeting their needs.
All-Electric Vehicles Chargers
EVs use a battery to store the electric energy that powers the motor. EV batteries are charged by plugging the vehicle into an electric power source. Residential EV charging stations come in many different amperage ratings. Find out what is the right level for you and your vehicle with our Electric Vehicle Charger Buyer's GuideResidential EV chargers are available on the CenHub Store



Green Your Fleet Resources

  • FleetCarma: Whether you are looking to manage EV charging, add EVs to
    a fleet, or conduct vehicle research, FleetCarma has a solution.
  • GEOTAB: Electrify your fleet: Q&A
  • BYD: Full market EV strategy
  • EPA: Idenifying Greener Fleets/Personal Vehicles


  • Do I need a special or separate meter for an electric vehicle?
    No, your existing Central Hudson meter is all that is needed.

  • Do I need a special outlet in order to charge an electric vehicle?
    Electric vehicles can be charged by plugging into a standard 120-volt outlet (the same used throughout your home to plug in TVs, lamps and other ordinary appliances). Alternatively, recharging can be performed in about half the time through a dedicated 240-volt “Level 2” recharging system, available through auto manufacturers or independent suppliers. The Level 2 chargers are professionally installed by an electrician for about $2,500, and often require changes to the home’s electrical panel and installation of a new, dedicated 240-volt circuit.
  • Can I drive an electric vehicle in the rain?
    Yes. Electric vehicles are built to be safe to drive in wet conditions. All cars have electrical systems, so this is not an entirely new circumstance. Electric vehicles will carry more voltage than traditional gas-powered vehicles, but those components are heavily insulated and sealed to prevent water from infiltrating the car's electrical wiring and battery. Electric vehicles must comply with standards set by The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.

  • Can I just walk into a car dealership and drive away in an electric vehicle?
    Many car manufacturers offer electric vehicles. Check with local dealers to learn of available models.
  • Does Central Hudson offer a special rate plan for electric vehicle owners?
    Central Hudson now offers a whole-home electric vehicle time-of-use rate for residential customers who register an electric vehicle. 

  • Where can electric vehicles be recharged and how much does it cost to do so?
    Initially it is anticipated that most electric vehicle recharging will take place at home. The cost to charge the vehicle varies from model to model, however electricity is typically less than half of the cost of gasoline. Public charging stations are accesible with more being added. Download the ChargePoint Mobile App or visit to locate electric vehicle charging stations near you. 
  • Do you expect electric cars to put excessive strain on the electric grid?
    National studies show that if electric vehicles should gain a significant foothold, off-peak vehicle charging should have minimum impact on the electric grid.

Electric Summit Presentations

Central Hudson hosted its inaugural Electric Vehicle Summit in 2018. Presenters' slides from event:

Additional Resources

» CenHub Store Residential EV Chargers
» Car and Driver Hybrid and Electric Cars
» Electric Transportation Guide from the Edison Electric Institute
» Carbon Counter App

» EPRI Consumer Guide to Electric Vehicles