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Car and Driver Hybrid and Electric Cars 

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Why Electric Cars?

Major automobile manufacturers are introducing electric cars, and drivers are taking notice. 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 about 50 to 70 percent 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 30,000 plug-in electric vehicles by 2018 and 1 million by 2025.


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. 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.



How far can electric cars drive before the batteries run low, and how long does it take to recharge? 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. 


What is the difference between a hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles? 
Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and all-electric vehicles (EVs) — also called electric drive vehicles collectively, use electricity either as their primary fuel or to improve the efficiency of conventional vehicle designs.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles 

HEVs are primarily powered by an internal combustion engine that runs on conventional or alternative fuel and an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. The battery is charged through regenerative braking and by the internal combustion engine and is not plugged in to charge.

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles
PHEVs are powered by an internal combustion engine that can run on conventional or alternative fuel and an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. The vehicle can be plugged into an electric power source to charge the battery. Some can travel more than 70 miles on electricity alone, and all can operate solely on gasoline (similar to a conventional hybrid). Some types of PHEVs are also called extended range electric vehicles (EREVs).

All-Electric Vehicles

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.


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 is working with other New York utilitities to re-design time-of-use rates in the process of developing a special rate class for electric vehicle recharging (to encourage off-peak recharging, or times of lower energy use).  

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 likely to appear over time.

  • 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 Vehicle Summit Presentations

Central Hudson hosted its inaugural Electric Vehicle Summit in 2018. Here are links to the presenters' slides from that event: