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Go electric, go green!

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.
  • Driving distance. Most all-electric vehicles can go more than 250 miles on a full charge, and many have ranges of 300 miles or more. Plug-in hybrid vechiles (PHEVs) use battery power until it's depleted, and then switch seamlessly to gasoline fuel. See how far you can go with current EV models.
  • 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. 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.

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  • 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!
  • No car? No problem. Bikes, buses and ride-sharing programs are starting to go electric, too! Learn more.


EV Chargers 101

Many factors determine the amount of time 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 charging time. According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the following types of chargers are available and provide the following: 

  • Level 1 (L1) chargers 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) chargers 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 or mobile power cord, you can expect to receive between 8 to 24 miles of range per hour. 
  • DC Fast chargers 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. ‚Äč