EV-Ready Home Rebate
Residential new construction dwellings with an attached garage and City Utilities electric service may be eligible for an EV-Ready Home rebate of up to $100 per outlet.
Benefits: Up to $100 rebate
Who’s Eligible: CU residential new construction customers with electric services. This rebate is targeted to builders and developers of residential properties.
About the Program
Electric vehicles (EV) are gaining popularity and many EV owners prefer to charge their vehicles at home. EV chargers come in multiple sizes but the most common residential charger – a Level 2 charger – requires a 240-volt outlet that does not come standard in most attached garages. With this rebate, new construction dwellings will be equipped with the necessary outlet so the new homeowner can charge their EV without the hassle of hiring an electrician to add the 240-volt outlet. Certain restrictions apply; see guidelines on the rebate form.
EV-Ready Home FAQs
Why is City Utilities offering this rebate?
There are strong indications that more vehicles in the near future will be all-electric rather than powered by the traditional internal combustion engine. With this in mind, CU wants to be proactive in helping people prepare for this transition. Installing these outlets during the time of construction is much more cost-effective than retrofitting an existing home.
Is this rebate for existing homeowners, or just new construction?
This rebate is for builders or developers who are building new homes that have an attached garage. In the future, City Utilities may offer a rebate for existing homeowners who install a 240-volt outlet to support Electric Vehicle charging equipment.
As a builder, how will I know which type of outlet is best for the future homeowner?
EV owners have the option to purchase a Level 2 charger that can be plugged in to either a NEMA 6-50 outlet or a NEMA 14-50 outlet. By installing either outlet, the homeowner will be open to many possibilities of Level 2 chargers. Adapters are available for each type. The NEMA 6-50 has 3 wires (line 1, line 2, and Ground) and the NEMA 14-50 has 4 wires (line 1, line 2, ground and neutral).
How many 240-volt outlet rebates are allowed per home?
This program offers a maximum of two rebates per service address.
I am a builder/developer working on multiple homes that will be completed at the same time. Do I have to fill out an application for each address?
If you have multiple rebates to apply for at the same time, give our Energy Services department a call at 874-8200 to work with you on simplifying the process.
Is this rebate for the Level 2 charger along with the outlet?
This rebate is for the installation of the 240-volt outlet, not the associated charging equipment. City Utilities is constantly evaluating additional rebate opportunities – so check back in the future!
Why are you requiring a 240-volt outlet for EV charging? Can’t I charge an electric car with a regular outlet?
There are three levels of Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers.
- Level 1
Most EV’s come equipped with a Level 1 charger that you can plug into a standard 120-volt outlet found in your garage. However, the charge time for your EV plugged into a Level 1 charger can be up to 44 hours.
- Level 2
With a Level 2 charger that requires the 240-volt outlet, you can get a full charge in 8-10 hours. These are the fastest chargers that can be installed with a residential electric service.
- Level 3
The third level of EV charger is called a Level 3 – or a DC Fast Charger. These chargers can give an EV up to an 80% charge in under 30 minutes. DC Fast Chargers are most commonly found along interstate highway corridors and require a commercial sized electric service (three-phase).
How much does it cost to drive an EV the same distance you could go on one gallon of gas?
To compare the cost of a gallon of gas to that of an EV, we must think about it in terms of an eGallon. According to the Department of Energy, an eGallon is the estimated cost of fueling a vehicle with electricity compared to a similar vehicle that runs on gasoline. The current Missouri average is $2.06/gallon for regular gasoline and $1.10/electric eGallon. However, City Utilities’ current average is $.91/electric eGallon. That means that it costs less than half to drive an EV the same distance that a gasoline powered vehicle can go on one gallon of gasoline.
How does an electric vehicle compare to a gasoline-powered vehicle in distance the vehicle can travel?
Electric vehicles on the road today have varying distances they can travel on one full charge due to battery size and type of vehicle (compact, crossover, etc.). One of the only cases of direct-comparison vehicles on the road today is the Hyundai Kona versus the Hyundai Kona Electric. The 2020 Kona Electric can go 258 miles per full charge, while the standard 2020 Kona can typically go 396 miles per tank of gasoline (13.2-gallon fuel tank).