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Electric Vehicles

If you are considering a plug-in vehicle, here are some great resources to learn more. If you’re already driving a plug-in vehicle, WG+E can help you get set up with charging at home, at work, and all over town.

The Basics

Electric vehicles have reduced or no tail pipe emissions and, on average, emit significantly less carbon dioxide than conventional vehicles.

  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles —HEVs do not plug in to charge. They are primarily powered by a conventional internal combustion engine and also have an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. The battery is charged through regenerative braking and by the internal combustion engine.
  • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles —PHEVs are powered by an internal combustion engine and an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. The vehicle can be plugged into an electric power source to charge the battery. Some types of PHEVs are also called extended range electric vehicles (EREVs).
  • All-Electric Vehicles —EVs use a battery to store the electric energy that powers the motor. EV batteries are charged by plugging the vehicle into an electric power source. EVs are sometimes referred to as battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Adapted from the US Department of Energy website

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Thanks to a grant from Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, WG+E has set up charging stations at the Thomas Street parking lot and the Big Y Supermarket on E. Main Street.

If you are interested in setting up charging at home, call WG+E customer service at 413-572-0100.