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Go electric, go green!

Here's why there's a lot to love about EVs!

  • Lower fuel costs. You can drive an EV for about half the cost of a gasoline-fueled vehicle.
  • Less maintenance. EVs cost less to maintain because they have fewer moving parts. They don't require oil changes and the brakes last longer.
  • Clean. Transportation accounts for almost 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. EVs emit zero tailpipe emissions. And, when you charge using MGE's public charging network, you're "fueling up" using 100% clean energy.
  • Quick. EVs benefit from instant torque when you accelerate. You get power to the wheels quickly.
  • Easy to get comfortable. Use your phone to send commands to pre-condition the temperature of your car. When you're ready to drive, your car will be ready for you.
  • Saves time. No or fewer trips to the gas station; charging at home is so convenient.
 

Ready to go farther.

Today, most all-electric vehicles can go more than 250 miles on a full charge and many have ranges of 300 or more. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) use battery power until it's depleted – then they seamlessly switch to gasoline. You continue to travel using the gasoline engine. Regardless how many miles you travel each day, there are enough EV options to get you where you want to go.

EV Charging 101

There are many factors that determine the amount of time that it takes to charge an EV. The existing charge level on the battery and the power the charge can deliver as well as the battery size and temperature have an impact on how long it will take an EV to charge. According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the following types of chargers are available and provide the following: 

  • Level 1 (L1) charging requires nothing more than an available 120-volt outlet and the cord and adapter that came with the EV. With L1 chargers, you can expect to receive between 3 to 5 miles of range per hour.
  • Level 2 (L2) charging requires a 240-volt outlet, commonly used by household appliances such as an oven or electric dryer and a home charging system. In general, L2 charging systems can charge an EV battery up to six times faster than a L1 charger. With an L2 charger, you can expect to receive between 8 to 24 miles of range per hour. 
  • DC Fast charging, for CHAdeMo and CCS-equipped vehicles, are more commonly found in public areas and along interstates and highways. With DC Fast chargers, you can expect to charge an EV battery to 80% full in 20 to 40 minutes. 
Tesla Superchargers are also available as a network of public fast charging stations that can be exclusively used to charge Teslas EVs. 
 
Take a test drive in an EV.


Wisconsin Drivers Average 30 Miles Per Day infographic
See for yourself how far you can go in an EV!
 

Driving an EV reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Transportation accounts for almost 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Driving an EV can help to reduce emissions, since they emit zero tailpipe emissions. When you charge using MGE's public charging network, you're "fueling up" using 100% clean energy.

And, you can further reduce the impacts to our environment by charging your EV at home on renewable energy. MGE offers two options for adding green power to your energy supply. Learn more about Green Power Tomorrow and Shared Solar. Just plug in and know the electricity fueling your vehicle is clean.


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