EV Basics

1.5 million Californians are driving EVs

Damian and family, happy MCE EV Rebate recipients.

Explore the Benefits of Driving an EV

Cost savings

Stackable incentives may significantly reduce the price of an EV. Long-term savings include reduced fuel costs, improved fuel economy, and less maintenance.

Cleaner air

EVs reduce emissions, improve air quality, and lower the impact on health and the environment for you and your community.

Easy driving and refueling

EVs are fun to drive and provide a smooth ride without sacrificing performance. Plus, today’s EV batteries are reliable and easy to charge at home or on the go.

EV Models & Types

There are three main types of EVs:

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs, commonly known as EVs) — powered solely by electricity, BEVs have zero emissions, meaning they don’t produce tailpipe emissions.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) — run on either electricity or gasoline. PHEVs have reduced emissions. They have zero emissions when operating in electric mode, but produce tailpipe emissions when operating in gas mode.

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles (FCEVs) — use hydrogen gas to generate electricity that powers an electric motor. FCEVs have zero emission; they produce only water vapor (no harmful tailpipe emissions).

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Download the Buying and Driving an EV Guide (pdf) to compare the mileage range of EV models with your daily commute or your typical trip distance and get other helpful information.

Rebates & Incentives

Before you purchase or lease

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Some incentives require you to apply and be approved before purchase or lease.

When you’re ready to purchase or lease

  • Find out if you qualify for an EV Instant Rebate to receive up to $3,500 off the purchase or lease of an EV.
  • If you qualify for our rebate, choose from our list of qualifying EVs and plug-in hybrids; then check which participating dealership offers the MCE Instant rebate, and receive the rebate when you lease or buy.

After you purchase

  • Visit our Rebate & Incentive Finder again and apply for any post-purchase incentives for which you may be eligible.
  • Set up your home charger or find your favorite community charging locations.
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Download MCE Sync to simplify your home charging, save money, and ensure you're charging during the cleanest and least expensive times.  

EV Charging

Charging at home

Many EVs come with a Level 1 charger that can simply be plugged into a regular home outlet. You can also upgrade to a Level 2 charger for a faster charge. A Level 2 charger requires the same type of outlet used for washing machines and ovens and can be easily installed by an electrician.

Electricity rates

If you plan to charge often at home, compare your current electricity rate with other options and choose the one that’s best for you. Rates apply to your household’s entire electricity usage, not only your EV charging. Compare your options by logging into your PG&E online account or calling PG&E at (866) 743-0335.

Charging on the road

There are a lot of public charging options, with more opening every week. Use the PlugShare map below to locate EV chargers near you or along your route. MCE also offers public charging powered by 100% renewable energy at our San Rafael office parking lot.

There are Two Types of EV Home Chargers

Level 1

Voltage: 120V, 1-Phase AC
1 hour of charging
2-5 miles*

Level 2

Voltage: 208V or 240V,
1-Phase AC
1 hour of charging 10-20 miles*

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Save money by charging your EV outside of 4–9 pm when rates are highest. Charge from 12–4 pm to take advantage of the increased renewable energy on the grid. You can also automate your charging to use the least expensive and cleanest energy on the grid by downloading  MCE Sync — the smartphone charging app.

Questions?

Contact us at info@mceCleanEnergy.org or call (888) 632-3674, Mon–Fri from 9 am to 5 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Owning an EV is often less expensive to operate than a gas-fueled car when combined with rebates and incentives, along with the cost of fuel and maintenance. Depending on your eligibility, you could receive thousands of dollars — even more if you trade in an older vehicle. Used EVs may cost even less if you qualify for income-based incentives.

Gas-car drivers pay twice as much for fuel. You can save over $650 each year by driving an EV, plus EVs don’t require the kind of regular maintenance that gas cars need.

Full-battery EVs have a range of up to 300400 miles and plug-in hybrid EVs (electric and gas) have electrically powered ranges up to 126 miles, with any travel beyond this range fueled by gas. These mileage ranges are more than enough for the average Bay Area commute of 23 miles roundtrip. There’s also a national network of EV chargers that will allow you to drive almost anywhere on electricity.

EVs typically come with a Level 1 charger that can be plugged into the same 120V outlet that you use to charge your everyday appliances and devices. Learn more about charging an EV at home.

Yes and yes. EVs undergo the same rigorous safety tests as traditional gas-fueled cars, with additional standards for battery safety.

Replacing a gas-fueled car with an EV and charging up with MCE’s Deep Green 100% renewable electricity provides an 82% reduction in emissions! This comparison includes vehicle manufacturing, battery manufacturing, gas/electricity production and consumption, and maintenance.

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