Welcome to the City of Ann Arbor’s one stop shop for information on plug-in electric vehicles (or PEVs). This resource is run by the Drive Electric Ann Arbor Partnership (DEA2P), a coalition formed in 2014 to support wider adoption of electric vehicles in the community. PEVs provide a unique way for vehicle owners to reduce carbon emissions, while also saving money on fuel purchases.
What are Plug-In Vehicles?
Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are motor vehicles that are powered either entirely or partially by rechargeable batteries. The batteries are recharged when connected to the electric grid, meaning you can charge your car from the comfort of your own home.
While still relatively new in the marketplace, more and more PEV models are becoming available every year, and the number of vehicles on the road has been growing rapidly. In fact, Ann Arbor has one of the highest densities of PEVs per capita in the country!
Economic and Environmental Benefits
While generally more expensive than conventional vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles cost much less to fuel, due to the relatively lower cost of electricity and PEVs' high energy efficiency. If you drive 12,000 miles a year, the cost to fuel a PEV is approximately $1,600 less than fueling a gas powered car—which can quickly add up over the vehicle’s life.
For a quick look at the average cost per gallon equivalent to charge an electric vehicle with electricity, try out the Department of Energy's handy "e-gallon" calculator.
To calculate annual savings on fuel costs and environmental impacts, try the DTE Energy's PEV calculator.
PEVs not only benefit the driver but also the surrounding community. When powered by electricity rather than gasoline, PEVs can significantly reduce carbon emissions and other tailpipe emissions, which improves air quality, helps address climate change and ultimately improves human health. This is a key step in making Ann Arbor a more sustainable and climate-friendly city to live and work.
Where Can I Charge?
DEA2P is working to support the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge, and to increase workplace charging opportunities in Ann Arbor tenfold over the next five years.
We're asking local businesses to pledge to assess employee needs for plug-in electric vehicle charging stations and to create a strategy for installing them. A simple survey to assess demand is available. To get involved, sign the pledge form!
Employers, commercial property owners, and developers interested in installing charging stations should check out this two page quick-start guide, www.workplacecharging.com/employers, and DTE's site.
More resources about installing charging at your workplace from the Department of Energy: Charging Station Basics and PEV Outreach Resource for Employees
DTE offers discounted rates for off-peak electric vehicle charging.
Permits are required for the installation of an EV charging station from the City Planning and Building Department.
Charging in the Community
Charging at any of the City of Ann Arbor's charging stations is free (normal parking garage/lot fees apply). Check the map below for info about all of the City's charging stations managed by the Downtown Development Authority, including parking garage/lot fees, hours, and locations.
Feel free to contact Emily Drennen at the City of Ann Arbor's Energy Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734.794.6430 x43726 with any questions or concerns.