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Electric Vehicle Questions Answered


As Electric Vehicles continue to gain popularity, we regularly receive inquiries about them from Bandera Electric Cooperative members. So we thought it would be helpful to respond to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Q: Why is BEC communicating about electric vehicles?
A: It’s no secret that consumer interest in EVs is growing, and BEC is providing information about them so that our members can make informed decisions when considering an EV purchase.

Q: How is BEC involved in EV infrastructure issues?
A: All electric utilities are planning now to ensure they have the necessary infrastructure in place to meet future EV charging needs without jeopardizing the ability to keep power flowing reliably to homes and businesses. As your local energy provider, BEC is best suited to advise and help members plan for the likely proliferation of electric vehicles in the future.

Q: Can I charge my electric vehicle using an existing outlet or do I need a special outlet?
A: All EVs come with a 110-volt-compatible (Level 1) charging unit that can be plugged into any standard household outlet. At this level, an eight-hour or overnight charge would enable about 36–40 miles of travel. If you typically drive longer distances or are in a hurry, a Level 2 charger takes about half the time and provides about 180 miles of range over an eight-hour charging period. A Level 2 charger must be installed by a licensed electrician.

Q: Will an EV meet my daily driving needs?
A: For now, it depends on your situation. If you’re like most Americans and drive an average of 30 miles a day, an EV can meet your daily needs.

Q: Should I let my co-op know if I purchase an EV?
A: If you purchase an EV, please let us know so we can better serve you. As more BEC 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 homes and businesses in our service territory.

Posted: 3/23/2023 3:55:05 PM
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