Charging Stations at Deerfield

Great news! The Deerfield Residents Council has been working with Facility Services and the result is…  Three Tier 2 EV Charging Stations!

EV charging stations are now available for Deerfield resident and guest use in the parking lots of Henry, Timson and Tuton Halls.  Each easy to use station has the capacity to charge two vehicles at the same time.

When investigating the pros and cons of purchasing an electric car, seniors find that the pros outweigh the cons. Electric vehicles produce 60-68% fewer emissions than conventional vehicles. Electric vehicles can now go further on a single charge, around 250 miles. Today’s electric vehicle batteries charge more quickly than those of the past. Some can even charge to 80% in as little as 30 minutes.

Saving money over the life of the car is another great benefit to owning an electric car. While the initial cost of the vehicle may be higher than its gas counterpart, tax credits can mitigate sticker shock. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, charging an electric vehicle is $14,500 cheaper than fueling a gas vehicle over a vehicles’ 15-year timespan. Electric cars require less maintenance than gasoline powered cars. Consumer Reports states that owners of electric vehicles can expect to pay $4600 less in maintenance over the life of the car. Each year the options for electric cars improve with technology and design. Now more than ever seniors find attractive, comfortable and fun electric cars in the marketplace.

We took a look at the history of electric cars and were surprised to find that the very first electric cars were actually motorized carriages built in Scotland between 1832 and 1839. This article by Car and Driver is a great read with amazing photos of the evolution of electric cars.

The most significant con associated with the purchase of an electric vehicle is access to charging stations (which is no problem at Deerfield)!