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
For this reason, there are a few things that every dealer should know and make known to their potential EV
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:
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
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 www.coned.com/es.
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.
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.