Understanding EVs

Electric vehicles (EVs) are fun to drive, cheaper and easier to maintain than gas-powered vehicles, and contribute fewer emissions into the air. With tax incentives available and a fast-growing network of charging stations, find out if owning an EV is the right choice for you.

Benefits of Plugging In

Save Big on Fuel

Driving electric offers significant savings compared to traditional gasoline vehicles.

EV Incentives

Incentives, rebates and other credits are available to help make driving electric more affordable.

Low Cost to Own

EV owners can expect to spend half as much on maintenance and repair (Consumer Reports)

Fuel Up At Home

Charge while you sleep, work, or at a growing number of public chargers.

Quick and Quiet

Enjoy fast and smooth acceleration, better handling, and a quieter ride.

Best of Both Worlds

Plug-in hybrids provide electric range for short trips and gas-power for longer journeys.

88%of EV owners say they charge their vehicle at home "often" or "always."

Which EV is Right for Me?

Battery Electric

Fully electric cars offer the smallest environmental footprint and the biggest savings on maintenance and fuel.

Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids have a rechargeable electric motor and a gas-powered engine to extend range if needed.

Traditional Hybrid

Powered by an electric motor and gas-powered engine, Hybrids recharge as you drive. Tax credits and other benefits may not apply.

Fuel Efficient

These efficient, gas-powered vehicles get over 40MPG and still reduce your emissions and costs.

Owning an EV

Understanding Charging

Charging times vary depending on the type of charger used.

Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.

Charging from Home

For plugin hybrid vehicles a standard outlet (Level 1) will be enough for overnight charging. For battery electric vehicles, a Level 2 charger will require professional installation by a licensed electrician. If you live in an apartment or condo, consider talking with the property owner about installing a charger or use a nearby public charger. Talk to our sales staff to find out more about charging from home.

Battery Care

Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number will continue to increase. If you can keep your battery between 20% and 80% charged most days and avoid extremely hot temperatures, you can expect your maintenance to be minimal.

Discover a New Hybrid or Electric Vehicle When You Visit the Team at DCH Toyota of Torrance

 

There is an intriguing choice that many car shoppers face if they are currently in the market for a new vehicle.  They must decide whether they are ready to buy or lease a new hybrid or electric vehicle (EV).  All of the trends in the automotive world show that these technologies are going to be the future of the driving landscape.  If you have any doubts, all you need to do is look at all of the new hybrid cars and EVs being introduced by automakers.

The Toyota brand is always at the forefront of any movement in the automotive world, and this is no exception.  The Toyota lineup boasts many interesting hybrid cars and EVs for you to peruse.  DCH Toyota of Torrance, located at 2909 Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance, CA, wants to be your resource for everything related to these vehicles.

What Are the Advantages of Buying a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle?

If you are considering the purchase or lease of a hybrid or EV from our dealership, you may be wondering what the advantage is to you.  It all starts with your wallet.  Anyone who needs to drive anywhere right now knows that fuel prices are staggering.  This increase in fuel costs has caused lots of stress on the budgets of many folks in the area.

Hybrid cars and EVs are going to help you save money at the gas pump.  Hybrid cars are much more conservative in their gas consumption while EVs don't utilize gas at all.  EVs rely on an electric motor and battery for their power.  Hybrid cars also use an electric motor to help reduce their reliance on the internal combustion engine.

Additionally, there are cost savings when it comes to auto maintenance.  Since an EV doesn't have an internal combustion engine, it doesn't require a lot of car services, like oil changes.  You may also receive some federal and state tax benefits for buying or leasing an EV.  If you have any questions on what kind of savings are available, feel free to talk to a tax professional.

Lastly, you are doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint when you buy or lease a new hybrid car or EV.  Who doesn't like doing what they can to combat the impact of climate change on our planet?

Explore All of the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Options at DCH Toyota of Torrance

Anyone who is interested in buying or leasing a new hybrid car or EV should start with the Toyota lineup.  The Toyota brand has a number of high-quality options that are sure to catch the attention of folks who want an eco-friendly vehicle that is fun to drive.

When you shop with DCH Toyota of Torrance, you can find a knowledgeable sales team that is equipped to answer all of your questions about the Toyota lineup of hybrid and EVs.  You can have peace of mind knowing that you will be getting all of the most up to date and accurate answers when it comes to our Toyota hybrid and EV selection.

Some of the Toyota hybrid cars and EVs you may find at our dealership include:

Contact the Team at DCH Toyota of Torrance

DCH Toyota of Torrance, in Torrance, CA, is your spot for hybrid cars and EVs.  Reach out to a member of our sales team, so you can schedule a test drive of one of these eco-friendly vehicles today.

  1. DCH Toyota of Torrance

    2909 Pacific Coast Highway
    Torrance, CA 90505

    • Sales: 310-602-7890
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We've partnered with GreenCars, the Arbor Day Foundation, and Lithia and Driveway dealerships across the country to plant 100,000 long leaf pine trees across Eglin Air Force Base located in the Florida Panhandle. Between April 22nd and December 31st, we'll plant one tree for every qualifying test drive completed.

Here's how it works. After you take a test drive in an electric, hybrid, or 40+ mpg vehicle, scan the QR code located on the GreenCars hang tag inside the vehicle. Fill out and submit the short form telling us about your experience and we'll plant a tree on your behalf! It's that easy.

Common Questions

A federal tax rebate of $7,500 is available on most EV models. Depending on where you live, state and local rebates and incentives may also be available. Check with your sales associate to find out if the model is eligible for rebates and incentives.

Other advantages of owning an EV include:

  • Eligible EVs may also qualify for HOV lane access, which are normally restricted to vehicles with multiple passengers.
  • Many electric companies offer lower rates based on the time of use. With EVs, you can save money by charging during off-peak times.
  • If you're able to charge from work or home, there's usually no need to stop to refuel like you would in a gas-powered vehicle.
  • EVs produce zero tail-pipe emissions resulting in cleaner air and better health.

This will vary depending on the local price of electricity and gas and where you are charging (at home or public charger), but most EV owners can expect to save on fuel cost. A recent Consumer Reports study found the “typical EV owner who does most of their fueling at home can expect to save an average of $800 to $1,000 a year on fueling costs over an equivalent gasoline-powered car.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/

A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly lower over the life of the vehicle – about half – than for gasoline–powered vehicles, which require regular fluid changes and are more mechanically complex. The average dollar savings over the lifetime of the vehicle is about $4,600.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/
Gas powered vehicles offer a range of 300-400mi. Battery electric vehicles offer a median range of 250mi. For EV owners who charge at home, this is more than enough for daily use. For longer drives beyond the range of your vehicle, check a public charger map for charger availability along your route.
  • Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

  • Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

  • Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.
Yes, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers can be used at home. In fact, the standard 120V outlet supports a Level 1 charger. Level 2 chargers require 240V and can be installed by a licensed electrician. If you do not own your home, you may need to work with your property owner to install a Level 2 charger.
Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number should continue to increase.

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