Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding Electric Vehicles:
Q: Are there any tax credits/rebates for purchasing an electric vehicle?
A: The Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program is a cash rebate serving as an incentive for Delawareans to buy or lease new alternative fuel vehicles.
Q: How much money will I save if I buy an electric vehicle?
A: According to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, drivers can save as much as $14,500 in fuel costs over 15 years by switching to an electric vehicle. Estimates suggest that exclusively charging at the DC fast chargers that DE plans to build will cost $0.18 per kWh.
Q: How significantly will driving an EV contribute to carbon emission reduction?
A: According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, a gasoline car emits an average of 11,435 lbs of CO2 equivalent per year. An all-electric vehicle emits 3,932 lbs of CO2 equivalent per year. While electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, there are certain emissions associated with electricity generation. As investment in EV charging infrastructure grows, these processes will become even more efficient, and the electricity grid will continue to become cleaner.
Q: How far can I drive without charging my EV?
A: New EVs can travel about 250 miles on a full charge, although there are some Teslas that can go around 350 miles without needing a recharge.
Q: How long will it take to charge my EV?
A: Right now, the DC fast chargers that DE plans on implementing provide a full charge in 20-30 minutes. As investment increases, these chargers will only become faster and more productive.
Regarding Delaware’s NEVI and statewide plans
Q: What is the Justice40 Initiative?
A: The Justice40 Initiative is included in President Biden’s Executive Order 14008, and it establishes the goal that 40% of the overall benefits from specific federal investments must be experienced by disadvantaged communities (DACs). The NEVI formula program is one of these such investments, therefore Delaware’s NEVI plan will include details of how 40% of the benefits from the incoming federal funds will go to DACs.
Q: How is DelDOT incorporating the Justice40 initiative into the plans?
A: DelDOT and partners DNREC, AECOM, and Pennoni are keeping equity at the forefront of EV infrastructure conversations. Using data regarding poverty, income levels, demographics, and environmental justice, disadvantaged communities are being identified and prioritized appropriately.
Q: What exactly will the NEVI federal funding be spent on?
A: Destinations of funding include construction costs of new EV charging stations, on-site renewable energy generation and storage, on-site transformers/electrical equipment, upgrades to electric grid equipment, repairs/upgrades/replacement of existing EV charging stations, EV charging workforce development, pre-construction environmental review, and preliminary engineering.
Q: What is workforce development and how is it related to EVs?
A: As the EV industry grows, we need to make sure that our workforce is equipped to install charging stations, repair/maintain the vehicles, etc. DelDOT is in conversation with the Department of Labor and the Department of Education to ensure that our workforce will be properly qualified for this transition.
Q: I know that DE is experiencing issues with flooding and sea level rise. How are these issues being considered in the NEVI and statewide plans?
A: Sea level rise is being considered in DelDOT’s conversations with partners, mapping analysis, and both plans. Alternative Fuel Corridors (as seen on the NEVI Guidelines page) primarily include resilient roads without current drainage concerns.
Still have questions? Ask EVPlan@delaware.gov!