About 40% of the City's electricity is produced from renewable resources, so you can feel good about the energy charging your electric vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electric vehicles (EV) can reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, improving public health and reducing ecological damage. Charging your EV on renewable energy such as solar or wind minimizes these emissions even more! EVs provide instant torque, resulting in a fun, fast, and quiet driver experience. They cost less to operate and can have significant emissions benefits over conventional vehicles. To learn more, check out the At a Glance: Electric Vehicles (PDF).
AMP's WattPlan Tool
Many automotive manufacturers have publicly stated goals to increase EV production in the near future. If you are considering an EV, use AMP’s WattPlan tool to provide valuable information and help you make an informed decision on your next vehicle purchase. The tool provides a customized plan detailing your savings, available incentives, carbon reductions and more based on your driving habits, budget and electricity usage.
Electric Vehicle Affordability
Prices for electric vehicles are continuing to become more inline with the cost to purchase traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles.
Federal tax incentives also exist for those purchasing qualified electric vehicles. The amount of the tax credit depends on the type of the vehicle and its battery capacity but can add up to considerable savings. Find additional tax incentive information:
- Tax Credits for Electric Vehicles
- Tax Credits for Plug-in Hybrids
- Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
City Electric Vehicle Fleet
Years ago, the City’s Utilities Department purchased a Honda Hybrid. Technology has come a long way since that original purchase and, when it came time for a replacement, the decision was made to add a Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) to the City's fleet. When fully charged, this vehicle can drive up to 25 miles in EV Mode. Most intown driving is all electric, requiring no gasoline. When longer trips are necessary, beyond the 25-mile range, the vehicle will continue to run as an efficient gas-electric hybrid until a charging station is located or the vehicle is returned to its charging station.
City Departments continue to research possibilities for additional electric vehicle options. The Bowling Green Police Division has been exploring the possibility of replacing the police vehicle fleet with electric hybrid models. As a result, the Police Division obtained 2 hybrid police vehicles in 2020. After a very successful review of these vehicles, the Police Division ordered 4 additional hybrid police vehicles in 2021 and has plans to convert the rest of the police fleet to hybrid in 2022.
Bowling Green Charging Infrastructure
Electric vehicle technologies will continue to improve and become more affordable, resulting in an increased number of electric vehicles. Charging infrastructure will also continue to grow and improve as well. The City of Bowling Green currently has three charging stations located Downtown and one charging station located at City Park, near the Veteran's Building. While charging is free, vehicles must follow all other parking regulations for these locations. Bowling Green State University also has seven charging stations located on Campus. Individuals, who are considering installing a charging station at home, should consult with an electrician.