Electric vehicles in Virginia

Why EVs and solar?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly becoming a more affordable and lower maintenance option than traditional gasoline- or diesel-fueled cars for Virginians.

EVs and solar in Virginia

As of 2018, Virginia is home to just over 10,000 electric vehicles. The state offers a number of incentives to owners of electric vehicles, including an exemption from emissions testing and an exemption from HOV restrictions for qualified vehicles. However, electric vehicles must pay an extra registration fee of $64 or more.

Virginia’s utility, Dominion, is running two pilot programs to test new time-based rate discounts for EV owners who charge their vehicles during off-peak hours. Virginia Clean Cities reports that there are 447 charging stations in the state.  That number is poised to grow significantly as Virginia moves forward to implement its VW settlement fund spending plan, which incentivizes state fleet recapitalization with electric vehicles and calls for spending up to $14 million on EV charging infrastructure.

Electric Vehicle Charging Guide

EV chargers are classified into three categories: level 1, level 2, and level 3 (DC Fast charging). The categories are defined by the power and rate at which they charge a vehicle, and the electric infrastructure required for installation and operation.
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Potomac Solar Co-op member, Charles Kleymeyer, charges his electric vehicle, SUN CAR.

Potomac Solar Co-op member, Charles Kleymeyer, charges his electric vehicle, SUN CAR.

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