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Power Source


Southwest Rural Electric Association, Inc. Volume 67


October 2018 Electric Vehicles gain momentum


The appeal of electric vehicles is gaining mo- mentum. EVs are dominating the automotive news. While many drawbacks of EVs are gone, there is still a major concern limiting EV growth dubbed “range anxiety.” This stems from the persistent limited range of all EVs.


Fortunately, advances in battery technology are hammering away at the range issue. Range is steadi- ly expanding and battery management systems are squeezing out more miles.


Range anxiety notwithstanding, EVs have a bright future. Prices are dropping and range is expanding so RZQHUV FDQ FRQ¿GHQWO\ GULYH QHDUO\ HYHU\ZKHUH ZLWK a little bit of planning.


Further, if you’ve never driven an electric vehicle, you are in for a treat. While an internal combustion engine must rev up to speed, an EV has full power at its disposal instantly. Of course, there are limits on this 0-60 mph capability to prevent inexperienced and over-eager drivers from launching themselves into accidents and speeding tickets. They are quiet, well-appointed inside and allow you to forever bypass the lines at the gas station––unless you are in need of some snacks and a slushy. 2QH ¿QDO ZRUG LI \RX GR SXUFKDVH DQ (9 EH VXUH WR OHW 6RXWKZHVW 5XUDO (OHFWULF NQRZ The service to your home is sized to meet the de- mands of your house as they existed when service was connected. Adding the EV charger creates a risk of overloading the wires and transformers powering your home. Overloaded services can fail and leave you in the dark with an uncharged EV. Furthermore, SWRE can help you install a charger at your house. Call us today for more information!


Here’s to gliding silently––and cleanly––on our travels.


Education, Training and Information.


Number 9


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elected representatives and employees helps effectively contribute to the development of the cooperative.


Education and training for members,


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