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Owning an EV in Oklahoma: Charging Cost, Incentives, and More

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Owning an EV in Oklahoma: Charging Cost, Incentives, and More

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. 

Ford Mustang Mach-E
It will cost Oklahoma residents approximately $10.50 to fully charge a Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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.

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Tesla Model 3 is usually charged with a Type 2 connector. It will cost around $10.95 per full 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. 

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The Tesla Model Y costs around $14.23 to charge in Oklahoma.

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.

Conclusion

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cheapest electric car to charge in Oklahoma?

Currently, the cheapest electric car in Oklahoma is the Tesla Model 3 (standard range plus). To charge this vehicle it costs about $3.02 USD per 100 miles. The Tesla Model 3 also lists the cheapest electric car from cost to miles average on the market.

Is it cheap to own an electric car in Oklahoma?

Yes! It is very affordable to own an electric car in Oklahoma. Although there are not many State sponsored incentives for EV owners, Oklahoma consistently ranks high as one of the cheapest places to charge electric cars.

How many charging stations are there in Oklahoma?

There are 975 total charging stations. According to a report conducted in 2021, there are about 6 type 1, 315 type 2, and 654 type DCFC ports for a total of 975 combined. Most of these charging stations are located close to shopping centers and stores, allowing owners to feel safe while waiting for their cars to charge.

Are there any state sponsored incentives for owning an electric car in Oklahoma?

Yes! However, there aren’t many. OEC offers rebates for electric car owners to fulfill their requirements total of $450 USD  in total.

Are there any electric cars built in Oklahoma?

Yes! The California tech startup Canoo has chosen an area outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma to be designated for their EV factory. Canoo claims that by doing so they will be providing “more than 2,000 jobs”.

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