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While no one knows yet how large the electric vehicle market will be in New York, one thing is certain: Customers who are interested in purchasing EVs will likely look to their dealers for guidance.

For this reason, there are a few things that every dealer should know and make known to their potential EV customers.

Charger Installation

Whether or not a customer can find easy access to a charging facility will play a major role in the success of electric vehicles.

Many early adopters will likely plan to charge their electric vehicles at home. These customers will have two options: A level 1 charger, which operates at 120-volts and will not typically require the customer to upgrade his or her home electrical service. Or, a level 2 charger, which requires 208-240-volts and may necessitate an upgrade.

Any customer who is planning to install a level 2 charger should be encouraged to contact Con Edison prior to installing it. Our Energy Services representatives will evaluate the customer’s electrical service and determine whether or not an upgrade will be needed. To do so, we will need the electrical specifications of the charger that the customer plans to install.

Because home charger installation is a key component in the transition to electric vehicles, we recommend that dealers review our web site to familiarize themselves with the service upgrade process. To do so now, click here.

Dealers who plan to install charging stations for personal use or for use by their customers will also need to contact Con Edison and file the job with our Energy Services Department. The best way to do so is to use our project center located at

Charging Costs

One of the questions that dealers are sure to be asked by potential electric vehicle customers is, “how much will it cost to charge my EV?”

The answer to this question depends on several factors such as the type of EV that the customer buys, how often it is driven, the number of miles per kilowatt-hour that it gets and where the vehicle is charged.

As a dealer, you can provide counsel on which electric vehicle best suits the customer’s needs and information on miles per kilowatt-hour. Of course, the customer will need to determine how often he or she will drive the vehicle and where it will be charged.

For a customer who installs a home charger, the cost of charging an EV will be based on the rate that the customer currently pays for electric service – unless he or she opts to purchase service from an ESCO or to enroll in our voluntary time-of-use program (see My EV and My Bill for more information). A customer who charges his or her electric vehicle at a public charging station will be subject to the rates charged by the station owner.

More information for EV dealers will be posted as it becomes available.



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