Electric Vehicles

With 40% of the City’s electricity being produced from renewable resources, you can feel good about plugging in. According to the US Department of Energy, EVs can reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, improving public health and reducing ecological damage. Charging your EV on renewable energy such as solar or wind minimizes these emissions even more!

City Utilities Department Adds Electric Vehicle to Fleet!

City’s new Toyota Prius Prime charging at the Administration Building.

Years ago, the City Utilities Department purchased a Honda Hybrid. Technology has come a long way since that original purchase and when it came time for a replacement, the decision was made to add a Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) to the City’s fleet.  When fully charged, the Prius Prime can drive up to 25 miles in EV Mode.  Most intown driving will be all electric, requiring no gasoline.  When longer trips are necessary (beyond the 25-mile range) the Prius Prime will continue to run as an efficient gas-electric hybrid until a charging station is located or the vehicle is returned to its charging station.

Some of our favorite features of the Prius Prime:

  • Features a dual motor drive system that uses both motors to help propel. The result is a boost in acceleration feel, improved efficiency and the added benefit of Electric Vehicle (EV) Mode at full highway speeds.
  • EPA-estimate 25-mile EV Mode driving range.
  • Charge when you can, or don’t. When the charge runs low, Prius Prime will continue to run as an efficient hybrid and still have an EPA-estimated 54 mpg combined.
  • Its lightweight materials, proven hybrid technology and optimized Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) system all work together to give Prius Prime an EPA-estimated 133 MPGe.
  • EPA-estimated total driving range of 640 miles.

In the market to purchase an electric vehicle of your own?  The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s website can be a great resource:

Find Electric Vehicle Models
Electric Vehicle Benefits


Affordability

Prices for electric vehicles are continuing to become more inline with the cost to purchase traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Tax Incentives:
Federal tax incentives also exist for those purchasing qualified electric vehicles.  The federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax credit is for $2,500 to $7,500 per new EV purchased for use in the U.S.  The size of the tax credit depends on the size of the vehicle and its battery capacity.  To find out specific tax credit amounts for individual vehicles, visit the links below:

Tax Credits for Electric Vehicles
Tax Credits for Plug-in Hybrids
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy


Charging Infrastructure

Vehicle charging in one of the Downtown Charging Stations.

As electric vehicle technologies continue to improve and become more affordable, resulting in an increased purchase of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure will continue to grow and improve as well. The City of Bowling Green currently has three charging stations located Downtown and one charging station located at City Park (near the Veteran’s Building).  While charging is free, vehicles must follow all other parking regulations for these locations.  Bowling Green State University has seven charging stations located on Campus as well.  We recommend consulting with an electrician if you’re considering installing a charging station at home.

Find a charging station near you or plan a trip on www.plugshare.com

Map of Charging Stations located in Bowling Green, OH.