Understanding EVs

With electric vehicles rising in popularity, drivers all over Columbus will no doubt want to know more about them. At Nissan North, we are excited to tell you everything you might want to know about Nissan electric and hybrid vehicles.

 When you visit our dealership, we think that you will be excited about the Nissan lineup of electric vehicles, one of which might be ideal for you. With all the benefits of electric vehicle technology, you might be ready to upgrade your current car with a Nissan in the near future.

Which EV is Right for Me?

If you are in the market for a new EV, it is essential to know the types of EVs that are available:

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 rechargable 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.

Nissan Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

If you are in the market for an electric vehicle in Dublin, OH, then you will want to know about the electric models offered by Nissan. These models include:

Nissan ARIYA

If you need a stylish SUV with electric vehicle capability, the ARIYA might be ideal for you. The Nissan ARIYA boasts an electric motor with 238 horsepower and an available driving range of up to 300 miles.

Nissan Leaf

The tremendously efficient, fully electric Nissan LEAF comes standard with an electric motor that produces 147 horsepower, while a motor that generates 214 horsepower is available. With its compact design, the Leaf is ideal for navigating crowded parking lots and winding city streets.

Benefits of Plugging In

Federal Tax Credit

A federal tax rebate up to of $7,500 is available on many EV models.

Local Incentives

Even more savings from your state and/or utility company.

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.

96%

of EV owners surveyed said they'd purchase another EV as their next vehicle.

Source: AAA

Owning an EV

There are plenty of reasons to consider getting an EV to drive in Ohio. Here are some of the primary benefits of driving an EV:

  • Federal Tax Credits: When you buy an EV, you can get a substantial federal tax rebate that can significantly reduce the cost of the vehicle.
  • Local Incentives: Depending on where you live, your state or utility company might offer more savings.
  • Low Maintenance Costs: Electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than vehicles with gas engines. As a result, they incur lower maintenance costs.
  • Easy Recharging: When you get a home charging system for your EV, you will never have to worry about having to go out and get gas again. Instead, you can simply recharge your vehicle from home.
  • Robust Yet Quiet: Electric vehicles can deliver horsepower and torque to compete with or surpass just about any equivalent gas-powered vehicle. Unlike cars with gas engines, electric vehicles provide a smooth, quiet ride.
  • Plug-in Hybrids for Long-Distance Driving: Do you want a vehicle with outstanding efficiency and a long driving range? Then a plug-in hybrid might be ideal for you. With a plug-in hybrid, you can use fully-electric driving on errands and hybrid driving for outstanding efficiency on long trips.

Understanding Charging

Charging times vary depending of 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.

Electric vehicle charging port

Charging from Home

For plugin 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.

Family having fun with 2 children and electric vehicle in the background

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.

Electric vehicle battery care

Charging Stations Near Nissan North

  1. Nissan North

    8645 North High Street
    Columbus, OH 43235

    • Sales: 614-334-4110
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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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