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.

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Here's how it works. After you take a test drive in an electric, hybrid, or 40+ mpg vehicle, scan the QR code located on the GreenCars hang tag inside the vehicle. Fill out and submit the short form telling us about your experience and we'll plant a tree on your behalf! It's that easy.

Common Questions

A federal tax credit 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.

Enjoy an Eco-Friendly Driving Experience Behind the Wheel of a New Nissan Vehicle from Lithia Nissan of Eugene

Do you find yourself wanting to do your part in combating climate change?  Many folks are looking for ways that they can significantly reduce their carbon footprint.  One of the major ways that people can do this is with their driving habits and vehicle.  Over the last few years, automakers have made it much easier for folks to drive an eco-friendly car.  With the advances in charging and range, electric vehicles (EVs) have become a huge part of the lineup of many major automakers.  The Nissan brand is no exception.

If you are thinking about buying or leasing an EV, you should look at what the Nissan brand has to offer.  Lithia Nissan of Eugene, located at 2060 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Eugene, OR, is a great resource to learn about all of the options you have in the Nissan lineup.

Why Should I Choose an Electric Vehicle?

While EVs are growing in popularity, you may be wondering why you should buy or lease one.  There are many different reasons that you might want to get behind the wheel of one of these cars.  First, there is the fact that EVs don't need gasoline.  With fuel price being so volatile, it is comforting to know that your budget will no longer feel the impact of the frequent price changes at the pump.  It is a nice way to keep more cash in your pocket.

Another way that EVs assist you financially is that they don't require as much routine maintenance.  Since they don't have an internal combustion engine, you never have to worry about any of the services or repairs that were associated with that system.  In the long run, you will save on your service bill by purchasing or leasing an EV.

Lastly, there are often federal and state tax benefits when you buy an EV.  If you have any questions about how these perks might impact you, it would be a good idea to check in with your tax professional.

Check Out the Intriguing EV Options in the Nissan Lineup!

Since the Nissan brand is interested in being at the forefront of the electric revolution, it should be no surprise that it already has options for people to explore.  It should also be mentioned that there are vehicles in the pipeline that are sure to provide folks with some intriguing choices in the future.  Currently, the Nissan EV lineup consists of two options.

Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF is the vehicle that started the Nissan brand's dive into the world of EVs.  Over time, it has become a fan-favorite for folks looking for an eco-friendly car.  This hatchback has a spacious interior and impressive driving range for folks looking for a capable daily commuter.  It can get up to an EPA-estimated 212 miles of range on a single charge.

When you drive a LEAF, you can take advantage of standard features, like Apple CarPlay®, and available features like the Nissan Safety Shield® 360 suite of driver-assist technologies.  Also, the standard e-pedal allows you to get the most range possible when you are out on all of your daily travels.

Nissan Ariya

Do you need an EV that is an SUV for all of your day-to-day driving needs?  If that is the case, the Nissan Ariya might fit the build.  This crossover SUV is set to make a huge impact on the market.  It can drive up to an EPA-estimated 304 miles on a single charge.  Additionally, it comes available with the e-4ORCE All-Wheel Drive System for maximum traction.

With features like navigation, Nissan Pro PILOT Assist 2.0, Pro PILOT Park, and a hands-free liftgate, it is sure to be attractive to many types of car shoppers.  Additionally, you will have the chance to stay connected with loved ones while you are on the road with Nissan Connected Services.

Test Drive a Nissan EV When You Visit Lithia Nissan of Eugene

At our dealership, the act of shopping for a new EV is helping the environment.  We take part in the Trees for Test Drives program, which means that when you test drive a Nissan EV, you can be the cause of a tree being planted.  All you have to do is test drive a qualifying Nissan EV, scan the QR code on the tag outside the vehicle, and fill out a short form online.  You can find your next car and feel good about helping the Earth.

Schedule your test drive of an EV with Lithia Nissan of Eugene, so you can start getting eco-friendly on your daily commute today.

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