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.

Benefits of Plugging In

Save Big on Fuel

Driving electric offers significant savings compared to traditional gasoline vehicles.

EV Incentives

Incentives, rebates and other credits are available to help make driving electric more affordable.

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.

88%of EV owners say they charge their vehicle at home "often" or "always".

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 rechargeable 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.

Fuel Efficient

These efficient, gas-powered vehicles get over 40MPG and still reduce your emissions and costs.

Owning an EV

Understanding Charging

Charging times vary depending on 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.

Charging from Home

For plug-in 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.

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.

Exploring Green Options in Medford

Green cars and SUVs are saving shoppers money throughout the area. If you are looking for a more efficient daily drive, we are the dealership to choose. Here is just a bit about green cars and what they can do for you.

What is an EV

An electric vehicle offers a daily drive solely powered by a battery and a series of motors. This means you will not have the standard combustion engine we are all used to. While many shoppers worry that the lack of an engine will show in a new EV's performance, these models offer instant torque and dynamic horsepower to combat that fear.

One major change any EV will bring to the table is charging. Many electric vehicles come with their own charging systems that are easily installed into your garage outlet. There is also a growing infrastructure of public charging stations to make owning an EV even easier.

Electric Benefits

Eliminating a combustion engine completely reduces your carbon footprint. While you tackle that daily commute, your EV will not produce any carbon emissions. This helps keep our environment and communities cleaner.

While finding a greener way to drive is a major benefit, it is not the only perk you get when choosing a new electric car or SUV. Customers could also qualify for impressive incentives. This includes federal tax benefits and more.

What is a Hybrid

A hybrid adds a powerful battery to the engine we all know and love. This gives drivers the best of both worlds. Most hybrid models can even drive solely on electric energy, giving you a greener commute to work.

There are a handful of different hybrid types. The first option is a mild hybrid. These are cars and SUVs that don't need an external charging source. Mild hybrids often use regenerative braking to keep their battery charged. Then, you have plug-in hybrids. These options come with stronger batteries that need an external charging system.

Hybrid Benefits

If you are looking for a fuel economy that stands out from the crowd, a hybrid is the way to go. The battery helps the engine utilize its fuel in a more efficient manner. That means you are going to save a fair amount at the pump. This is also an excellent middle step between standard cars and EVs.

Green Jeep Options

Jeep is changing the game with its new 4xe lineup. The first addition to this exciting inventory is the Wrangler. A new Jeep Wrangler 4xe will bring you the power we expect from this name, along with a hybrid efficiency that is sure to impress. In fact, you can even travel up to 49 miles on solely electric power with this excellent new model.

Family drivers throughout the area can also find their next SUV in this inventory. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe offers functionality and efficiency, giving you the complete package. Throughout the cabin of this hybrid, you will find premium materials and innovative technology focused on making every drive a success.

Green Chrysler Options

Chrysler also offers an excellent hybrid option. Choose the new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid if you are looking for a minivan that can do it all. This model is a plug-in hybrid, ensuring you get a stronger electric performance during any daily drive. The spacious cargo and passenger room offered by a new Pacifica Hybrid make any road trip much easier to handle as well.

Learn More About Electric and Hybrid Cars Today

Visit our dealership in Medford to learn more about this exciting technology. We can also show you through our currently available green cars and get you in one for a test drive. You won't be disappointed with your experience.

  1. Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT

    4540 Grumman Dr.
    Medford, OR 97504-9165

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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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