Frequently asked questions about electric vehicles
Rendering of new electric vehicle charging stations at Lane Community College Lane Community College is building 36 solar-powered electric vehicle charging sites for student and community use, as well as for study and research. The project was partially funded by a 2009 EWEB Greenpower grant.

We will continue to update the following most commonly-asked questions to help Eugene Water & Electric Board customers who are considering purchasing an electric vehicle (EV).


How can I charge my EV at home?

Do I need a home 240-volt car-charging station?

Who can I have install my charging station?

Do I need a permit to install a car charging station?

Do I need to contact EWEB when adding an electric charging station?

What is an EVSE?

How long will it take to charge my vehicle?

What is the best time to charge my car?

Where will I be able to charge my EV when I'm away from home?

When I plug my car in, my fuse (or circuit breaker) trips off. What's going on?

How do I charge my car at home if I am a renter?


How much will it cost to have my charger installed?

How much will it cost to charge a car in my home?

How does the cost of charging an electric car compare with a gas-powered car?

What is the life-cycle cost of an electric vehicle compared to an internal combustion engine vehicle?

How much will my electric bill increase if I host a Level 2 charging station at my business?

Electricity supply and demand

Will the electric grid be able to support the extra demand caused by electric vehicles?

What is the predominant source of electricity that I'll be charging my car with?

I was told EWEB will take energy from my battery. Is that true?