If you’re interested in owning an EV in the state of Oklahoma, then this article is for you! With each passing year electric cars are becoming more and more popular as brands like Ford, Toyota, and Nissan release affordable all-electric motor options. In this article, we’ll discuss how much it would cost to own, charge, current tax incentives, and the current state of infrastructure in place.
Owning an EV in Oklahoma: Charging Infrastructure
Oklahoma still lags in charging infrastructure a considerable amount when compared to states like California, New York, and Florida. However, over the years the overall infrastructure for charging electric vehicles in Oklahoma has steadily grown. This steady increase in electric cars has been largely due to how affordable it costs to charge an electric car compared to buying gas. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has an EV charging program to increase access to EV charging infrastructure. The department is currently overseeing projects to install EV charging stations throughout the state.
However, just how many charging stations are there? According to a report conducted in 2021, there are about six type 1 ports, 315 type 2 ports, and 654 type DCFC ports for a total of 975 ports combined. This number may seem low, but when we look at the total number of electric cars owned in the state of Oklahoma, which is about 10,712, we see that it is about 11 cars for every charging station.
So, where are these charging stations located? We currently see most of the public electric chargers at shopping centers and stores in larger cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Norman, and Broken Arrow. Because of how long it takes for an electric vehicle to charge compared to gas, it would make sense for owners to feel safe leaving their cars to complete other tasks on their to-do list while they wait. You can find a list of charging stations in Oklahoma on ChargeHub.
Owning an EV in Oklahoma: Cost of Ownership
In the state of Oklahoma, EV owners will be happy to know that the cost of ownership is considerably lower compared to its neighbors. In the state of Oklahoma, it costs about $.14 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is 12.5% below the national average. However, this cost can vary depending on the make of your vehicle. Let’s take a look at three of the most common electric vehicle options.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Ford Mustang Mach-E was the third best-selling electric vehicle in the state of Oklahoma. This vehicle comes in around $46,895 USD new. To charge this vehicle costs about $.16 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) or approximately $10.50 USD using a 15A.
Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 came in at number two for popular electric vehicles sold in Oklahoma. In large part due to the marketing at Tesla, more of the electric vehicles in Oklahoma are Teslas. Costing slightly more to charge, the Tesla Model 3 costs about $.15 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) or about $10.95 to fully charge.
Tesla Model Y
Our number one spot of the most popular electric vehicles sold in Oklahoma is the Tesla Model Y. The Tesla Model Y is the SUV version of the Tesla Model 3 and Oklahomans love it. To fully charge this battery it costs $14.23 USD or about $.15 per kilowatt-hour.
Owning an EV in Oklahoma: Incentives
Sadly for the state of Oklahoma, there are not many significant state incentives for owning an EV there. The two that are available to Oklahomans are an electric vehicle rebate and an Electric Vehicle charging station rebate. The OEC (Oklahoma Electric Cooperative) offers these rebates which you can learn more about by going to their website.
That being said, there is a federal tax credit available for EV owners. If you bought a new EV before or in 2022, and meet the qualifications of what classifies as an EV, you could qualify for a tax credit of up to $7,500 USD. If you bought an electric vehicle after 2022, you can still be eligible for the tax credit if your vehicle meets the previous qualification, plus an additional qualification that the vehicle needs to undergo final assembly in North America.
Owning an EV in Oklahoma can be confusing but it doesn’t have to be! Often this confusion comes from a lack of understanding how much EV infrastructure and incentives vary depending on the state. However, now when you buy an electric car, you will know the cost of ownership, current infrastructure, and incentives you should expect in the state of Oklahoma.
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