What is an EV?
What are the benefits to EVs?
- EVs do not emit tailpipe pollutants and provide better local air quality.
- The cost and savings of EVs are better than gasoline-powered vehicles as there are federal and state tax credits that offset the cost of purchasing an EV. EVs have minimal maintenance cost compared to traditional vehicles. Miles per gallon and miles per kilowatt-hour (kWh) cost comparison for a year shows significant ongoing cost savings while driving an EV.
- There’s a feel-good factor by knowing that as an EV owner, the carbon footprint is less than a non-EV.
- You won’t have to go to the gas station anymore because you can often charge from the convenience of your home or at public charging stations.
Are EVs as safe as conventional vehicles?
Are EVs better for the environment?
While EVs have no tailpipe emissions, the electricity needed to charge them may create carbon pollution. This amount varies based on how local utility providers generate power, including how much renewable energy is used. As part of the Duke Clean Energy Connection program, up to 40 percent of the City of Largo's local government electricity will be generated using solar power by 2024, greatly reducing the impact of EVs charged with City-owned charging stations.
Even when factoring in the impacts of battery sourcing and manufacturing, EVs produce less greenhouse gases over their lifetime when compared to conventional vehicles, and even less when being powered in-part or full by renewable energy.
With the additional benefits of no local tailpipe emissions, EVs help create cleaner air for the community which can improve health outcomes for individuals.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
Are there any rebates available for purchasing an EV?
Are there any public charging stations for EVs in Largo?
Find a charging station with our Sustainability Map.
How to Use an EV Charging Station
Using a charging station, whether at home or around town, can seem confusing. However, the process is easy once you learn how! While not all stations are the same, or use the same phone apps or payment methods, there is a typical process.
Step 1: Find a charging station using a number of different websites, such as Plugshare.
Step 2: Once at your station, open the corresponding phone app and scan the code on the charging station.
Step 3: Plug in!
Step 4: If your station requires payment, you can simply pay by phone.
Step 5: Unplug and drive away!
Check out this video if you would like to know more about how to use a charging station.
What to do When an EVSE is Broken?
As with any piece of equipment, sometimes a charging station may not be working correctly. If this is the case, contact the property owner or maintenance contact for that location. For example, if using a station at a multi-family residence, a property manager may be the best contact. If the station is at a business, the primary business contact or owner is likely the best contact. The most common issues with these stations are wifi connectivity issues in an area, or power surges. Simple fixes include restoring wifi in the area, or resetting (flipping) the breaker, respectively.
Please note that public chargers on City of Largo property are currently owned and operated by Duke Energy through the Park & Plug program. Service requests may be sent to Duke or their service partner, NovaCharge.
What are the differences between Level 1, 2, and 3 Charging?
- Level 1: Provides charging through a 120-volt plug. It doesn’t require installation of additional charging equipment and is the slowest type of charging.
- Typical location: homes
- One hour of charging provides a 2–5-mile range.
- Level 2: Provides charging through a 240-volt plug, just like the one you may have for an electric dryer. It requires installation of specialty charging equipment and may require an electrician.
- Typical location: homes, public charging, at-work charging.
- One hour of charging provides a 10–20-mile range.
- DC Fast Charger or Level 3: Provides charging through 480-volt specialty plug and charging equipment.
- Typical location: public charging stations.
- 20 minutes of charging provides a 60–80-mile range.
What is the benefit to charging at home?
How much will it cost to charge my EV at home?
What does it cost to install a charger?
For charging stations outside of the home, the cost to install can vary based on the charger level (Level 1, 2, or 3), location, distance to electricity or transformers, and many other factors. For example, a level 2 charging station installed during new development may cost around $2,000 or less while retrofitting the same station could cost over $6,000. Level 3 charging stations are the most expensive and may even require upgrades to electrical transformers.
To learn more about different charger types and finding the right charger for you, visit the Plug In America website.
Do Charging Stations Require A Permit?
Submittals shall include but not limited to the following:
- Specifications for the stations
- Site plan showing location, distance from structures and property lines
- Electrical Panel load Calculations
- Plans prepared by a design professional (commercial)
For questions regarding the EVSE permitting process, contact the Largo Building Division or visit Largo.com/permits.
Do Charging Stations Impact the Electricity Grid?
According to the Edison Electrical Institute (EEI), of which Duke Energy is a member, "Though EVs make up less than one percent of vehicles on the road today, we are confident that the electric grid will be able to handle the increased load in the near-term. With a combination of managed charging strategies and targeted infrastructure upgrades in high usage corridors and locations, the electric grid can meet the additional EV load and proactively drive EV adoption over the next decade. However, accommodating high degrees of electrification in the long-term will require significant investment. EEI and its members are already working with our state regulators to prepare for that future."
The State of Florida has already proactively created a long term EVSE roadmap, in alignment with Federal plans, to ensure successful long-term planning of EV Charging Station integration. Due to these successful short and long-term planning efforts, EVSEs are not expected to interfere with the power grid within the community.