Mercedes-Benz Electric FAQs
Are you thinking about upgrading to a Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle soon? The Mercedes-EQ family offers several impressive models for you to choose from, and our associates at Mercedes-Benz of Milwaukee North are happy to help you get to know the options available. Some of our valued customers are planning to be first-time EV owners, so they have many essential questions. To simplify your shopping experience, we have prepared a list of frequently answered questions.
Are there incentives and tax credits for EVs?
The federal government offers the Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit, and it can result in reduced tax liability during the year that you purchase your vehicle. Our customers may also qualify for state-level credits, rebates, and other incentives.
Can you use a standard power outlet for at-home charging?
You can charge your Mercedes-EQ car or SUV at home using a standard 110-volt household electrical outlet. However, many of our customers prefer a faster charging experience from a 240-volt power outlet. This delivers the same voltage as your clothes dryer’s power outlet does. An electrician can professionally install an upgraded, 240-volt wall unit upon request.
How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle?
While you will no longer have to pay to fill up your gas tank, you will need to pay to charge your vehicle. Based on mileage of 15,000 miles per year, the average vehicle costs approximately $1,400 in gas annually. However, gas prices fluctuate considerably, and this can make budgeting challenging. On the other hand, in the U.S., electricity costs 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, and the price is relatively stable. Your electricity bill will increase to only $540 each year based on the same mileage.
Do combustion engines and electric motors perform differently?
An electric motor produces immediate torque, and this results in faster acceleration. You may also notice that an electric vehicle drives smoother because there is no shaking when the gears shift or when the car idles. Plus, an electric motor is much quieter than a combustion engine.
When should you replace your EV’s battery?
Your Mercedes-Benz EV will have a long-lasting lithium-ion battery that delivers reliable performance. Generally, the battery will not need to be replaced during the average ownership period.
At Mercedes-Benz of Milwaukee North, we want you to feel confident about buying an electric vehicle. Contact our sales office today for answers to your other questions and take our Mercedes-EQ models out for a test drive.