FPL wants you to know the facts about buying and owning electric vehicles (EVs). EVs - and specifically battery electric vehicles (BEVs) - can save money, reduce environmental impact and benefit the economy. But before you buy one, there are several important questions to consider and steps to prepare your home so you get the most out of your new ride.
What are electric vehicles?
What are the benefits of owning an EV?
Electric vehicles use electricity as their primary fuel or to improve the efficiency of conventional vehicle designs. Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) use a mix of battery power and fossil fuels to drive their engines, while Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) run entirely on electricity. Some EVs (BEVs & PHEVs) tap into the existing electrical grid to recharge their batteries, and some HEVs cannot be recharged by plugging in. The type of EV you purchase greatly impacts both the lifetime ownership costs and the convenience of driving. The U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center is a great resource for information about electric vehicles. Check out our Additional Resources page for links to more information.
Electric vehicles, and specifically battery electric vehicles, offer several benefits:
- Environmental: Reduced vehicle emissions
- Economic: Reduced fuel costs
- Job creation: Support new manufacturing and infrastructure projects related to EVs
- Energy security: Reduced dependence on foreign oil
What is FPL's role?
FPL supports the use of electric vehicles throughout its service territory. Thinking about buying an EV or already own one? Visit our Charging at Home site for instructions on what to do next.