At Paramount Motors we specialize in Plug-In Electric Vehicles, offering the broadest selection in Seattle.
EPA range for electric cars is shown in the PDF linked below. Keep in mind, these are optimal range estimates for cars with new batteries and minimal use of climate control. Winter driving, in particular, will result in significant reductions in range. Battery degradation over time will also reduce the range of a used EV. Visit www.fueleconomy.gov for complete economy information.
Please visit our EV Comparison to compare available eletric vehicles.
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All electric vehicle include a 110V EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment). These are commonly referred to as chargers, though the actual charging equipment is built into the car. The EVSE safely delivers power to your vehicle from your electrical outlet.
On average, expect to gain about 3 miles range for every hour that your car is plugged into a 110V outlet. For many people with short daily driving distances, this is all you need. If you drive more than 30 miles a day, or just want faster charging, consider upgrading to a 220V EVSE. All electric cars are capable of using a 220V EVSE and you can expect 12-20 miles of range for every hour you’re plugged in.
For those cars that have 6.6kW onboard chargers, you’ll need an EVSE that provides 30 Amps of 220V power. The best value we’ve found is the GE Charger sold at HomeDepot.com for $399.
For the Nissan Leaf, a company in California offers an upgrade service for the 110V EVSE that comes with your car. They are able to make it work with both 110V and 220V connections at a cost of about $375. This is great if having a portable EVSE is useful for you. This solution provides slightly less output than the 30 Amp GE charger, but charging times are still significantly faster than the 110V EVSE. Their website is www.evseupgrade.com
You can also do a search on Amazon.com for “EVSE” to view available charging equipment.
Another source for EVSE equipment is www.emotorwerks.com. Their Juice Box EVSE is a 40 amp charger that will better support higher end EV's such as the Tesla and Mercedes B-Class and will provide faster charger with upcoming longer range electric vehicles.
Puget Sound Energy offers a rebate for EV Charging equipment, however this rebate is available only when purchasing a NEW EV and does not apply to pre-owned purchases.
Charging Cost: On average, electricity costs about $0.12/kWh in the Northwest. Assuming your battery takes about 20kWh to fully charge, the cost would be about $2.40. There is some additional power used during the charging process due to efficiency losses and cooling of the battery, so the actual expense will be slightly higher.
Plugshare - Charging station locator
Carwings - Nissan Leaf remote access
MyFord Mobile - Ford Focus remote access
Fiat Access - Fiat 500E remote access
Public charging stations require an RFID card to charge your car. Below are links to popular networks in the Seattle area. We recommend signing up for each and keeping the card in your car, so you’re ready to go when you need a charge. Keep in mind, public charging typically costs 4-5 times what you pay for electricity at home.