Understanding EVs

Electric vehicles (EVs) are fun to drive, cheaper and easier to maintain than gas-powered vehicles, and contribute fewer emissions into the air. With tax incentives available and a fast-growing network of charging stations, find out if owning an EV is the right choice for you.

Which EV is Right for Me?

Battery Electric

Fully electric cars offer the smallest environmental footprint and the biggest savings on maintenance and fuel.

Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids have a rechargable electric motor and a gas-powered engine to extend range if needed.

Traditional Hybrid

Powered by an electric motor and gas-powered engine, Hybrids recharge as you drive. Tax credits and other benefits may not apply.

Benefits of Plugging In

Federal Tax Credit

A federal tax rebate up to of $7,500 is available on many EV models.

Local Incentives

Even more savings from your state and/or utility company.

Low Cost to Own

EV owners can expect to spend half as much on maintenance and repair. (Consumer Reports)

Fuel Up At Home

Charge while you sleep, work, or at a growing number of public chargers.

Quick and Quiet

Enjoy fast and smooth acceleration, better handling, and a quieter ride.

Best of Both Worlds

Plug-in hybrids provide electric range for short trips and gas-power for longer journeys.

96%

of EV owners surveyed said they'd purchase another EV as their next vehicle.

Source: AAA

Owning an EV

Understanding Charging

Charging times vary depending of the type of charger used.

Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.

Electric vehicle charging port

Charging from Home

For plugin hybrid vehicles a standard outlet (Level 1) will be enough for overnight charging. For battery electric vehicles, a Level 2 charger will require professional installation by a licensed electrician. If you live in an apartment or condo, consider talking with the property owner about installing a charger or use a nearby public charger. Talk to our sales staff to find out more about charging from home.

Family having fun with 2 children and electric vehicle in the background

Battery Care

Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number will continue to increase. If you can keep your battery between 20% and 80% charged most days and avoid extremely hot temperatures, you can expect your maintenance to be minimal.

Electric vehicle battery care

Charging Stations Near The Hertrich Family of Dealerships

  1. The Hertrich Family of Dealerships

    PO Box 838
    DE 19963

    • Sales: (877) 231-0447
  2. All American Chevrolet Inc.

    1255 Highway 35
    Middletown, NJ 07748

    • Sales: (732) 391-6098
  3. All American Chevrolet

    1255 HWY 35
    MIDDLETOWN, NJ 07748

    • Sales: (844) 416-4370
  4. Frederick Ford Inc.

    26905 Sussex Hwy
    Seaford, DE 19973

    • Sales: (302) 629-4553
  5. Frederick Ford

    26905 Sussex Hwy
    Seaford, DE 19973

    • Sales: (877) 394-5362
  6. Hertrich Buick GMC of Salisbury

    2016 N SALISBURY BLVD
    SALISBURY, MD 21801

    • Sales: (410) 202-0178
  7. Hertrich Cadillac of Pocomoke

    1337 Ocean Hwy
    Pocomoke City, MD 21851

    • Sales: (302) 422-5452
  8. Hertrich Cadillac of Salisbury

    2531 N Salisbury Blvd
    Salisbury, MD 21801

    • Sales: (410) 749-7100
  9. Hertrich Capitol of Dover

    1127 S Dupont Hwy
    Dover, DE 19901

    • Sales: 3027347505
  10. Hertrich Chevrolet Buick of Pocomoke

    1337 OCEAN HIGHWAY
    Pocomoke City, MD 21851

    • Sales: (410) 449-2901
  11. Hertrich Chevy Buick GMC of Easton

    7677 OCEAN GATEWAY
    Easton, MD 21601

    • Sales: (410) 690-3048
  12. Hertrich Chevrolet Denton

    1123 INDUSTRIAL PARK WAY
    Denton, MD 21629

    • Sales: (410) 713-4434
  13. Hertrich Chevrolet Of Dover

    1450 S DUPONT HWY
    Dover, DE 19901

    • Sales: (302) 244-0955
  14. Hertrich Chevrolet of Salisbury

    2531 N Salisbury Blvd.
    Salisbury, MD 21801

    • Sales: (410) 202-8341
  15. Hertrich Cadillac of Salisbury

    2531 NORTH SALISBURY BLVD
    SALISBURY, MD 21801

    • Sales: (410) 202-8559
  16. Hertrich Chevrolet of Denton

    1123 Industrial Park Way
    Denton, MD 21629

    • Sales: 410-479-1144
  17. Hertrich Collision Center

    • Sales: 302-839-0550
  18. Collision Center Bear

    100 Buckley Boulevard
    Bear, DE 19701

    • Sales: (302) 276-7480
  19. Hertrich Collision Center of Dover

    1261 Governors Ave
    DOVER, DE 19901

    • Sales: (302) 526-2821
  20. Hertrich Collision Center of Dagsboro

    27420 Auto Works Ave
    Dagsboro, DE 19939

    • Sales: (302)732-3902
  21. Hertrich Collision Center of Lewes

    16271 Willow Creek Road
    Lewes, DE 19958

    • Sales: (302) 703-2754
  22. Hertrich Collison Center of Milford

    1449 Bay Rd
    Milford, DE 19963

    • Sales: 302-839-0550
  23. Hertrich Collision Center of Millsboro

    28656 Dupont Blvd
    Millsboro, DE 19966

    • Sales: (302)934-9600
  24. Hertrich Collision Center of Salisbury

    520 E Naylor Mill Rd.
    Salisbury, MD 21804

    • Sales: 443-358-6370
  25. Hertrich Collision Center Seaford

    26905 Sussex Highway
    PO Box 1420
    Seaford, DE 19973

    • Sales: 302-629-3955
  26. Wayside Body Shop

    25691 Shore Highway
    Denton, MD 21629

    • Sales: 410-479-2424
  27. Hertrich Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Elkton

    1147 E. Pulaski Hwy.
    Elkton, MD 21921-6307

    • Sales: 4436019059
  28. Hertrich Ford of Easton

    9617 Ocean Gateway
    Easton, MD 21601

    • Sales: (410) 822-2900
  29. Hertrich Ford of Easton

    9617 Ocean Gtwy
    Easton, MD 21601

    • Sales: (888) 404-8461
  30. Hertrich Ford of Pocomoke

    1618 Ocean Hwy
    Pocomoke City, MD 21851

    • Sales: (888) 703-7028
  31. Genesis of New Castle

    120 South Dupont Highway
    New Castle, DE 19720

    • Sales: (302) 323-1100
  32. Hertrich Honda of Easton

    6546 Ocean Gtwy
    Easton, MD 21601

    • Sales: (888) 875-2609
  33. Hertrich Kia of Easton

    6546 Ocean Gtwy
    Easton, MD 21601

    • Sales: 410-822-7717
  34. Hertrich Nissan of Dover

    1378 South Dupont Highway
    Dover, DE 19901

    • Sales: (888) 353-5696
  35. Hertrich Ford of Elkton

    503 E Pulaski Hwy
    Elkton, MD 21921

    • Sales: 4434062586
  36. Hertrich of Milford

    1427 Bay Road
    Milford, DE 19963

    • Sales: (302) 422-5452
  37. Hertrich Ford Lincoln of Milford

    1427 Bay Rd
    Milford, DE 19963

    • Sales: (888) 764-7862
  38. Hertrich's Ford of Milford

    1427 Bay Road
    Milford, DE 19963

    • Sales: (302) 422-5452
  39. Hertrich Toyota of Milford

    1367 Bay Road
    Milford, DE 19963

    • Sales: (302) 422-2586
  40. Hertrich Acura

    120 S Dupont Highway
    New Castle, DE 19720

    • Sales: (866) 980-9967
  41. Hertrich Hyundai of New Castle

    120 S Dupont Hwy
    New Castle, DE 19720

    • Sales: (866) 688-4402
  42. Hertrich Mitsubishi

    120 SOUTH DUPONT HIGHWAY
    NEW CASTLE, DE 19720

    • Sales: (302) 323-1100
  43. Hertrich Ford of Pocomoke

    1618 Ocean Highway
    Pocomoke City, MD 21851

    • Sales: (410) 957-3333
  44. Hertrich Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Pocomoke

    1618 Ocean Hwy
    Pocomoke City, MD 21851-3034

    • Sales: 410-697-1003
  45. Hertrich Buick GMC of Seaford

    26953 Sussex Highway
    Seaford, DE 19973

    • Sales: (302) 990-8736
  46. Hertrich's Capitol Lincoln

    1127 South DuPont Highway
    Dover, DE 19901

    • Sales: (302) 674-8900
  47. Hertrich Lincoln of Milford

    1427 Bay Road
    Milford, DE 19963

    • Sales: 302-422-5452
  48. Hertrich Toyota of Pocomoke

    1337 Ocean Highway
    Pocomoke City, MD 21851

    • Sales: (410) 957-2222
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Common Questions

A federal tax rebate of $7,500 is available on most EV models. Depending on where you live, state and local rebates and incentives may also be available. Check with your sales associate to find out if the model is eligible for rebates and incentives.

Other advantages of owning an EV include:

  • Eligible EVs may also qualify for HOV lane access, which are normally restricted to vehicles with multiple passengers.
  • Many electric companies offer lower rates based on the time of use. With EVs, you can save money by charging during off-peak times.
  • If you're able to charge from work or home, there's usually no need to stop to refuel like you would in a gas-powered vehicle.
  • EVs produce zero tail-pipe emissions resulting in cleaner air and better health.

This will vary depending on the local price of electricity and gas and where you are charging (at home or public charger), but most EV owners can expect to save on fuel cost. A recent Consumer Reports study found the “typical EV owner who does most of their fueling at home can expect to save an average of $800 to $1,000 a year on fueling costs over an equivalent gasoline-powered car.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/

A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly lower over the life of the vehicle – about half – than for gasoline–powered vehicles, which require regular fluid changes and are more mechanically complex. The average dollar savings over the lifetime of the vehicle is about $4,600.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/
Gas powered vehicles offer a range of 300-400mi. Battery electric vehicles offer a median range of 250mi. For EV owners who charge at home, this is more than enough for daily use. For longer drives beyond the range of your vehicle, check a public charger map for charger availability along your route.
  • Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

  • Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

  • Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.
Yes, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers can be used at home. In fact, the standard 120V outlet supports a Level 1 charger. Level 2 chargers require 240V and can be installed by a licensed electrician. If you do not own your home, you may need to work with your property owner to install a Level 2 charger.
Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number should continue to increase.

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