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.

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 rechargable 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.

Benefits of Plugging In

Federal Tax Credit

A federal tax rebate up to of $7,500 is available on many EV models.

Local Incentives

Even more savings from your state and/or utility company.

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.

of EV owners surveyed said they’d purchase another EV as their next vehicle.
Source: AAA

Charging Stations Near Colby Chrysler Center

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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 costs. 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 fuel costs over an equivalent gasoline-powered car.”

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


A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly
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


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.

Get to Know Your Electrified Plug-In Hybrid Choices at Colby Chrysler Center

Our dealership in Colby, WI gives you the chance to view a number of quality options. This includes vehicles that provide added efficiency in the form of plug-in hybrids. We can showcase them for you and discuss the benefits with you, as owning one has many perks as you get an enjoyable ride that has a limited all-electric range.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid option and with it, you get a minivan that is spacious, comfortable, versatile, and a smooth ride for you and your passengers. For families, it’s a quality bet, and there’s a reason so many still turn to the Pacifica for their minivan needs. With the Pacifica Hybrid, you get 520 miles of total range, and the ability to travel on an electric-only charge for around 32 miles. You can replenish the battery overnight with a 120-volt outlet, or over time by driving with gas-only mode through regenerative braking.

Jeep features two different plug-in hybrid vehicles. The first is the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe. This plug-in hybrid provides 440 miles of total driving range with the gas-electric combination working together, while it offers around 25 miles of all-electric driving before needing to charge back up. That same hybrid system is on the new Jeep Wrangler 4xe, which has 370 miles of total range, plus about 22 miles of all-electric driving.

With both Jeep plug-in hybrids, you are also getting standout performance with high horsepower, and capability so the brand remains tough and rugged for all types of driving needs around Marshfield, Owen, Medford, and Abbotsford, WI.

Choose a New Plug-In Hybrid and Benefit

With plug-in hybrid vehicles, there are eligible incentives for drivers, plus you can find in-home and garage charging packs for standard outlets to keep that EV battery and range charged. You can go longer distances, and still get the Chrysler or Jeep experience that you want out of your everyday drive. Over time, this will help with savings at the gas pump, and provide great value as you make sure to care for your vehicle and keep it on the road.

If you want to learn more, get in touch with us here at Colby Chrysler Center. We’d be happy to provide more information for you today!

Colby Chrysler Center is located at: 820 S Division St • Colby, WI 54421
Colby Chrysler Center 44.89804027751624, -90.31405842897429.