Understanding EVs

Electric vehicles (EVs) are fun to drive, cheaper and easier to maintain than gas-powered vehicles, and contribute fewer emissions into the air. With tax incentives available and a fast-growing network of charging stations, find out if owning an EV is the right choice for you.

Benefits of Plugging In

Save Big on Fuel

Driving electric offers significant savings compared to traditional gasoline vehicles.

EV Incentives

Incentives, rebates and other credits are available to help make driving electric more affordable.

Low Cost to Own

EV owners can expect to spend half as much on maintenance and repair (Consumer Reports)

Fuel Up At Home

Charge while you sleep, work, or at a growing number of public chargers.

Quick and Quiet

Enjoy fast and smooth acceleration, better handling, and a quieter ride.

Best of Both Worlds

Plug-in hybrids provide electric range for short trips and gas-power for longer journeys.

88%of EV owners say they charge their vehicle at home "often" or "always."

Which EV is Right for Me?

Battery Electric

Fully electric cars offer the smallest environmental footprint and the biggest savings on maintenance and fuel.

Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids have a rechargeable electric motor and a gas-powered engine to extend range if needed.

Traditional Hybrid

Powered by an electric motor and gas-powered engine, Hybrids recharge as you drive. Tax credits and other benefits may not apply.

Fuel Efficient

These efficient, gas-powered vehicles get over 40MPG and still reduce your emissions and costs.

Owning an EV

Understanding Charging

Charging times vary depending on the type of charger used.

Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.

Charging from Home

For plugin hybrid vehicles a standard outlet (Level 1) will be enough for overnight charging. For battery electric vehicles, a Level 2 charger will require professional installation by a licensed electrician. If you live in an apartment or condo, consider talking with the property owner about installing a charger or use a nearby public charger. Talk to our sales staff to find out more about charging from home.

Battery Care

Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number will continue to increase. If you can keep your battery between 20% and 80% charged most days and avoid extremely hot temperatures, you can expect your maintenance to be minimal.

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Common Questions

A federal tax rebate of $7,500 is available on most EV models. Depending on where you live, state and local rebates and incentives may also be available. Check with your sales associate to find out if the model is eligible for rebates and incentives.

Other advantages of owning an EV include:

  • Eligible EVs may also qualify for HOV lane access, which are normally restricted to vehicles with multiple passengers.
  • Many electric companies offer lower rates based on the time of use. With EVs, you can save money by charging during off-peak times.
  • If you're able to charge from work or home, there's usually no need to stop to refuel like you would in a gas-powered vehicle.
  • EVs produce zero tail-pipe emissions resulting in cleaner air and better health.

This will vary depending on the local price of electricity and gas and where you are charging (at home or public charger), but most EV owners can expect to save on fuel cost. A recent Consumer Reports study found the “typical EV owner who does most of their fueling at home can expect to save an average of $800 to $1,000 a year on fueling costs over an equivalent gasoline-powered car.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/

A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly lower over the life of the vehicle – about half – than for gasoline–powered vehicles, which require regular fluid changes and are more mechanically complex. The average dollar savings over the lifetime of the vehicle is about $4,600.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/
Gas powered vehicles offer a range of 300-400mi. Battery electric vehicles offer a median range of 250mi. For EV owners who charge at home, this is more than enough for daily use. For longer drives beyond the range of your vehicle, check a public charger map for charger availability along your route.
  • Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

  • Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

  • Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.
Yes, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers can be used at home. In fact, the standard 120V outlet supports a Level 1 charger. Level 2 chargers require 240V and can be installed by a licensed electrician. If you do not own your home, you may need to work with your property owner to install a Level 2 charger.
Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number should continue to increase.

Exploring Hybrid and EV Options from Subaru

Hybrid and EVs are changing the way we think about our daily drive. Customers can expect some seriously innovative options from Subaru that will bring this modern technology to the table. Whether you are looking for a hybrid or an electric vehicle, here is a bit about what you can expect.

Hybrid Vehicles and their Benefits

For those looking for added efficiency during their daily commute or weekend adventure, a hybrid is a perfect choice. These models run off both a combustion engine and a battery. This combination makes your car or SUV utilize its fuel more efficiently.

Customers can find a range of hybrid options in today's market. A standard hybrid will utilize features like regenerative braking to keep its battery charged. However, you can find a plug-in hybrid that needs to be charged with an external source. Many models come with their own charging systems if needed.

There are a ton of perks to enjoy when choosing a hybrid Subaru. Not only will you have a more powerful drive, but you will get a fuel economy that is sure to impress. Saving money at the pump will be a breeze with any hybrid car or SUV from Subaru.

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

Drivers have loved the Subaru Crosstrek for years, and now you can get that quality in a more efficient package. The new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid offers a fuel economy that will outshine many competing models. This Crosstrek Hybrid can even travel in an all-electric power mode to save even more on fuel costs.

Buying this new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will also bring you more modern technology. The standard EyeSight Driver Assist system works to keep you more aware while on the road. Stay connected and entertained inside this new Crosstrek Hybrid with features like a SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia system.

Electric Vehicles and their Benefits

Unlike hybrid models, electric vehicles only run off a battery and a series of motors. This means that you will not have a combustion engine under the hood. When looking to own an EV, you will need an external charging source. Customers can install these chargers in their garages or utilize a widening infrastructure of public stations.

The first benefit of any new EV is going to be its efficiency. Drivers can handle their daily commute with ease in a new electric vehicle and enjoy savings the entire time. This is one of the main reasons shoppers throughout the area are making the switch.

Another fantastic aspect of new electric cars and SUVs is the maintenance. There are far fewer moving parts in an EV, meaning that less can go wrong when driving. You will also be helping keep our environment and community clean by reducing your carbon footprint.

The Subaru Solterra

Range means how far your new EV can take you on a full charge. The new Subaru Solterra surpasses the competition with an estimated range of up to 220 miles. This is plenty of strength to handle your daily commute and more. There are also some comprehensive charging options, including a standard system that works with any 120V outlet.

The new Subaru Solterra is not only efficient, but it also brings the level of power we expect from this manufacturer. Customers will get the beloved Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with the new Solterra, making it ready for any challenge that may lie ahead. A higher ground clearance and aerodynamic design will further that performance.

Find Your Hybrid or Electric Subaru in Thousand Oaks

If you are looking for more information on new hybrid and electric Subaru models, visit our dealership soon. We can explain all the benefits this technology brings to the table and help you find your next purchase with ease. We look forward to working with you soon.

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