Performance Auto Helps Customers Prepare for Electric Vehicles

Electric cars are in the development stages for many automakers, and Performance Auto is helping customers get ready for this new technology.

Online PR News – 14-February-2011 – – With a wave of electric cars heading to Nebraska in the next year, the Performance Auto Group is encouraging drivers to get educated and prepared for this new technology.

By 2013, Performance Auto Group will offer Nebraska drivers at least nine electric plug-in models from Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Smart and Toyota:

• Ford Focus Electric
• Smart Electric
• Mercedes-Benz Electric SLS AMG
• Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid
• Toyota RAV4-EV
• Volkswagen E-Up
• Volkswagen Golf Electric
• Honda small plug-in electric commuter car (not yet named)
• Honda mid-sized plug-in vehicle (not yet named)

Before drivers buy a plug-in vehicle, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) encourages customers to contact them so they can determine the best way to prepare the home to make it plug-in ready. To determine this, drivers need to know what charging option they plan on using:

• Level One: Level one charging is done on a standard 120-volt outlet and uses about the same amount of power as a hairdryer. This type of charging typically doesn’t require a system upgrade.
• Level Two: Level two charging is done on a 240-volt outlet and is faster than level one charging. However, this type of charging typically requires homeowners to add an additional circuit.

If electric work is needed, drivers should obtain city permits for the electrical work and hire an electrical contractor to ensure the work is done properly. Making sure your home is prepared to handle charging an electric vehicle is key in making the transition from a gas vehicle to a plug-in vehicle as seamless as possible.

While initial start-up costs may seem daunting, operating electric cars are generally more cost-effective than operating gasoline vehicles. A gas powered vehicle that achieves 30 miles per gallon currently costs at least 10 cents per mile to operate, while electric cars currently cost approximately 3 cents per mile to operate. For most people, that would be an average savings of over $1 every time they refuel their vehicle. If a driver refuels twice a week, they would save over $100 in the first year they own their vehicle. Electric cars also have fewer moving parts that require maintenance. Because of this, electric vehicle owners could potentially save large amounts of money on vehicle maintenance and repairs.

As Performance Auto sends more customers out with electric vehicles, OPPD and electric companies across Nebraska will continue to monitor customer needs. With customer and dealership participation, the transition from gas vehicles to electric should be a smooth one.

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