Six things you (probably) didn't know about EVs

We knew that Tesla made J1772 to Tesla adaptors so that Teslas could use the extensive public “universal” charging network. But a JDapter Stub is now on the market. Non-Teslas can now use Tesla AC Charging Stations (but not Tesla Superchargers). Because it’s so new, the price definitely exceeds the Tesla converter’s affordable $95, but with the potential of free Tesla charging, it may be worth it. You can find them here: http://shop.quickchargepower.com/JDapter-Stub-Tesla-Charge-Station-Adaptor-JDPTRSTB.htm.

The majority of AAA offices have a DC fast charger. They’re normally out front by the air pumps and are 100% free.

Looking to buy or lease an EV? Too tired to scour the internet looking for the best deal, and preparing to settle on a mediocre one? The blog “Charge!!!” is here to help. Owner Vin is constantly updating his site with the best dealer offers from around the country, to help you save as much as he is. http://ev-vin.blogspot.com/

Ever wondered if there’s more benefit to driving an EV than zero gas expenditures and HOV lane allowance? With ChargePoint’s EV driver deals, you can see if anything in your area is free or subsided just because you drive an EV, and companies love you. https://www.chargepoint.com/drivers/offers/

Ever looked up an EV charger and went all the way there just to see that it’s in use or broken? With the Alternative Fuels Data Center, you can look up chargers near you (or along your route), and see oodles of information about them, from their location, to their managing phone number. Next time you need a charge when you’re out and about, call ahead to make sure the charger is up and running. https://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/results?fuel=ELEC

You can almost always pay significantly less than MSRP with tax incentives. In addition to individual state tax incentives, all BEVs have a flat $7500 tax credit, meaning if at the end of the year you have over $7500 in taxes, you can subtract $7500 from that. If your taxes amount to less than $7500 at the end of the year, you will have no taxes to pay, but the rest of the credit won’t be given to you. The tax credit is often less for PHEVs because the amount is based on battery size. Also, be warned that if you are leasing an EV, the tax credit goes to the manufacturer and not to you.