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Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles, or "EVs," are becoming a “hot item” in the auto world, with many auto manufacturers beginning to offer at least one model. Improved versions are on the near horizon, too, for good reason. Electric vehicles provide environmental advantages and, even though they may carry a higher price tag initially, tax credits and lower operating costs often balance out the initial investment.

Electric powered autos are not a new technology. Although EVs may seem like the latest and greatest invention, in reality the technology has been around for more than a century. In the 1890s, electric cars were more popular than gas-powered autos because of their simplicity, reliability, and low cost of operation. In fact, Henry Ford’s wife drove an EV. For a variety of reasons, EV technology languished with the rise of gas-powered engines, but today, EVs – once again—are charging to the auto transportation forefront. This resurgence is fueled by significant advancements in power electronics and energy storage technologies.

Take a look at the information below to learn more about the benefits of driving electric. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions about EVs by using the contact form found at the bottom of the page and a co-op representative will be in touch with you.

Should I let my co-op know if I purchase an EV?

Yes. If you purchase an EV, please let us know so we can better serve you. As more members buy EVs, it’s helpful to know where they’re located in our area so we can ensure we have the necessary infrastructure in place to meet charging needs and provide reliable power to our local homes and businesses.

We understand making the switch to an EV is a big decision. Whether you’re ready to make an EV purchase or wondering if an EV can meet your daily driving needs, we’re here to help you make an informed decision. Give us a call or use the contact form found below.

How much will I save?

Electric vehicles (EVs) cost less to drive and maintain than gas-powered vehicles. See how much you can save by driving electric:

How will I impact the environment?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are cleangreen and offer environmental advantages that benefit all of us.

See how much you can reduce emissions by driving electric:

Emission Facts

  • Plug-in electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, which improves air quality. When accounting for the electricity that powers EVs, emissions are still lower than traditional vehicles.
  • If the electricity used to charge the vehicle is produced from nuclear energy or renewable sources (such as solar or hydropower), operating an electric vehicle is completely emissions free.

What incentives are available to me?

As a member of Central Electric, these benefits are just for you.


EV Time-of-use Rates

Maximize your savings when charging at home by using a special rate that is designed to encourage EV charging during the "off-peak" times. For any questions or to submit required documentation, please email


Federal Tax Credit

Take advantage of tax credits ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 for purchasing a qualifying new electric vehicle. Click here to see the tax credit details.



Federal Home Charger Tax Credit

Take advantage of a tax credit on home charging equipment and installation. Click here to see the tax credit details.


What else is in it for me?

There’s a lot to love about electric drive systems. Technology is the secret power behind them.


A New Driving Experience

Electric motors generate near-instant torque, meaning that EVs have extremely fast acceleration and a more responsive, zippy feel behind the wheel. With an EV, your engine has fewer moving parts, which means less maintenance and no oil changes.



When you plug in, you’re also connected by your smart phone. Tap to charge technology and full-charge alerts put you in control wherever you are.


Sleek Design Options

Today’s EVs are different from what you’re picturing. From sedans to SUVs and minivans, there are sleek design options to fit any driver. Even more options, including trucks, are on the horizon.



EVs react more quickly, giving you faster pickup, improved turning power and a better driving experience.




Imagine never having to go to the gas station again! Most EV drivers charge from the convenience of home, and public charging stations are continuing to expand across the nation.


The Future of Transportation

As an EV driver, you’re focused on the future. You’re doing your part to make a difference for the environment and lead a movement toward the future of transportation, all while saving money.

Need a charge?

Electric cooperatives and other third parties are working to install charging stations across North Carolina to help power you through all your road trips. Use the PlugShare map below to find charging stations in your area. You can also download the free PlugShare app on your mobile device through your mobile app store using the icons in the top right-hand corner of the map.

Have questions? Contact us.

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