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 plug-in 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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Trees For Test Drives
Help Us Plant 100,000 Trees!

We've partnered with GreenCars, the Arbor Day Foundation, and Lithia and Driveway dealerships across the country to plant 100,000 long leaf pine trees across Eglin Air Force Base located in the Florida Panhandle. Between April 22nd and December 31st, we'll plant one tree for every qualifying test drive completed.

Here's how it works. After you take a test drive in an electric, hybrid, or 40+ mpg vehicle, scan the QR code located on the GreenCars hang tag inside the vehicle. Fill out and submit the short form telling us about your experience and we'll plant a tree on your behalf! It's that easy.

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.

Efficient Hybrid Models and Trees for Test Drives

When you choose Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Grants Pass, you will find a dealership dedicated to promoting sustainability and ushering in the future of the automotive business. We regularly carry an impressive selection of hybrid models for you to consider, helping you keep your gas costs and emissions to a minimum.

We have partnered with GreenCars and the Arbor Day Foundation to take our commitment to the next level as part of the Trees for Test Drives event. Your values will support your search for your next car by choosing us. With our vast selection of efficient vehicles and convenient shopping experience, you can find the right car for you and support your community in the process.

Top Hybrid Models

As a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram dealer, you can find hybrid models available from Chrysler and Jeep. Our hybrid models let you spend less money at the gas station while increasing your mileage. You can expect highly sophisticated performance and convenience technologies to ensure you keep your hybrid model charged and enjoy a new experience behind the wheel.

Consider the top hybrid models that are currently available.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

When you choose the new Pacifica Hybrid, you can count on a family-friendly design combined with exceptional efficiency. The Pacifica Hybrid's system detects when it's best to use electric or gas, seamlessly switching between the two separate driving modes. For more power, the gas engine helps you merge or pass on the highway, while the electric motor can maximize efficiency when coasting or when driving in the city.

Regenerative braking helps recapture energy from braking or stopping, recharging the battery. You can engage the "L" drive mode, and the standard Max Regeneration cluster messaging icon appears to notify you. When it comes to driving range, the Pacifica Hybrid provides up to 520 miles of total driving range and up to 32 miles of all-electric driving range.

Jeep Wrangler 4xe

You can enjoy an iconic style and open-air adventures when you choose the new Wrangler 4xe. You could be heading off-road or driving around town, and the Wrangler 4xe provides impressive fuel economy with a manufacturer-estimated 49 MPGe. You will have more than enough range for a week of commuting and weekend adventures with the Wrangler 4xe, providing up to 370 miles of driving range.

The Wrangler 4xe lets you choose the best option for your driving needs with E-Selec driving modes. Electric Mode uses only battery power for city driving and quiet off-roading with maximum torque, and eSave Mode reserves battery power for later. Hybrid Mode provides the best of both worlds.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

The new Grand Cherokee 4xe features a class-exclusive plug-in hybrid powertrain that strikes a balance of efficiency and power. This powertrain offers 375 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque, and 56 MPGe. If that wasn't enough, the Grand Cherokee 4xe provides up to 6,000 pounds of towing capability for bringing along a boat or camper on your next adventure.

The Grand Cherokee 4xe also offers drive modes and 25 miles of pure electric driving range and 470 miles of total manufacturer-estimated driving range.

Trees for Test Drives

When you schedule a test drive with us between April 22nd and December 31st, we will plant one tree for every qualifying test-drive completed. By partnering with GreenCars, the Arbor Day Foundation, and Lithia and Driveway dealerships across the country, we aim to plant 100,000 long-leaf pine trees across Eglin Air Force Base.

All you need to do is test drive in an electric, hybrid, or 40-plus MPG vehicle and scan the QR code located on the GreenCars hang tag inside the vehicle. By filling out and submitting the short form telling us about your experience, we will plant a tree on your behalf.

If you have found a hybrid model that seems right for you, schedule a test drive today to take advantage of this event.

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