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Electric Vehicles

You won’t just help the planet when you upgrade to a cleaner and more efficient electric vehicle.

Electric Vehicles(EVs) offer cost savings on fuel, and a smoother, quieter ride with stronger acceleration. They also require less maintenance than gasoline-powered vehicles, and can be conveniently charged at home. That means fewer to no trips to the gas pump, depending on the model you choose. National Grid is committed to helping you “go electric” by increasing the number of EV charging stations in our territory, offering low-cost night-time charging, and making it easier to learn about and shop for your next car.

We are supporting the State of New York’s carbon reduction goals and our own commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions to safeguard the environment for future generations. National Grid is a strong supporter of electrifying on-road transportation because of its promise in significantly reducing green-house gas emissions.

The Benefits of Driving an Electric Vehicle or Plug-in Hybrid

Cost Savings. Take advantage of up to $9,500 in incentives with federal tax credits and NY state rebates

Charging Anywhere. It’s easy and affordable to charge from home or work using a basic outlet and the number of stationsin NY is growing everyday.

Extended Range. Several models in the market have 200+ miles of range, and many more are coming soon.  An EV could be perfect for your commute and give you plenty of range for your weekend trips, too.

A Variety of Models. EVs and Plug-in Hybrid EVs (PHEVs) are available as SUVs, hatchbacks, sedans, minivans, and soon pickup trucks.

Fun to Drive! Instant torque lets you accelerate faster than the average gas vehicle. Enjoy the benefits of remarkably quiet, self-starting, and heated steering wheels, among other high tech features!

Visit your local dealer today or learn more below.


An electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that is fully or partially powered by electricity that produces fewer or no tailpipe emissions.

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) run completely on electricity stored in batteries and have an electric motor rather than a gasoline engine. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) combine two propulsion modes in one vehicle: an electric motor that is battery powered and can be plugged in and recharged and a gasoline engine that can be refueled with gasoline. 

A clear incentive to drive an electric vehicle is the one you get every day by saving money at the gas pump—or avoiding it altogether. Drivers of plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) typically drive 80% or more of their annual miles on electricity, shrinking their gas consumption dramatically by shifting to electric power. All-electric battery EV drivers never need gas at all!

All-electric battery EV (BEV) drivers may also save money on other maintenance costs. BEVs have fewer moving parts, and engine components may last longer because they don’t operate at the high temperatures of an internal combustion engine.

Check out the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Cost Calculator to compare the costs of an electric vehicle with those of a gasoline-powered vehicle. You can also find out how much you could save in gas if you switched to electric power, using the DOE’s eGallon tool.

According to the DOE’s eGallon tool, it costs almost half as much to fuel an electric vehicle compared to gasoline. 

While energy prices fluctuate, using historical bill data, we estimate an average Upstate NY residential customer might pay 15 cents per kWh and use 3,600 kWh per year to drive 12,000 electric miles, resulting in a fueling cost of $540 per year, or 4.5 cents per mile.  This is half the cost per mile for a 30-mpg car at $2.70 per gallon of gas (9.0 cents per mile).

Because the VTOU is a whole-house rate, customers on this rate need to be mindful not to increase their consumption during peak periods.   To help make sure EV drivers truly benefit from switching, we’re offering a risk-free option: after the first year on the VTOU rate, we’ll compare your bill to what you would have paid before on the standard SC-1 rate.  If you would have paid less under SC-1, we will credit you the difference.

To charge at home, you simply need to access to a standard 120-volt outlet. To charge on the road, you can plug in at many workplaces, malls and parking structures that are equipped with charging stations for your convenience.

It depends on what power level of charger you plug into and your battery’s current “state of charge”. Using a standard outlet such as in your home garage will provide about 2-5 miles of travel per hour of charge (so-called “Level 1”), typically taking 17-24 hours for a full charge.  More powerful chargers like those found at many workplaces will provide about 12-30 miles of travel per hour of charge (“Level 2”), taking 4-6 hours for a full charge.  Level 2 chargers are available for installation at your home on a 240-volt circuit (similar to a clothes dryer).

Even faster Direct Current Fast Chargers (“DCFC”) are increasingly being installed along turnpikes/thruways for use by vehicles with DCFC capability, offering the potential for up to 200 miles of range in 30min or less.

Upstate NY has some of the lowest cost supply of electricity in the nation, which is good for EVs!  And the great news is that the electricity supply is some of the cleanest, too.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a PHEV in our service territory emits less than half the CO2-equivalent emissions as a gasoline car (155 grams per mile vs. 381 grams), while a BEV emits less than a quarter (54 grams). 

EVs are great for your wallet… and the planet.