It’s easy to own an electric vehicle!

Driving electric is easy. What’s not to enjoy? No more oil changes. No more worrying about rising gas prices. Ride smoothly in silence while saving money.

How many more reasons do you need? Help save the environment and experience the thrill of clean living when you drive an electric vehicle.

Types of EVs

There are two types of light-duty EVs: All-Electric and Plug-in Hybrid.

All-Electric Vehicles:

Run on electricity only

Plug into a standard wall outlet or charging station

Zero tail pipe emissions

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles:

Run on an electric battery and gasoline once the battery is depleted

Plug into a standard wall outlet or charging station

Lower tail pipe emissions than conventional gas-only vehicles

EV Incentives

Types of EV Chargers

Type of Charging StationsPower SupplykW Charge RateCost of Installation
Level-1 120V standard wall outlet3-7 miles per hourDoes not require any special equipment for at-home charging. A level-1charging cord is typically provided when you buy the vehicle. EV cord/plug purchase could range around $300.
Level-2 Residential 240V power supply15-30 miles per hour or better depending on the kW size of the unitA home charging station can range from $350 to $800 for the EVSE hardware, plus the cost of hiring a certified electrician. It may also require a service panel upgrade if you do not have enough capacity/ breaker space.
Level-2 Commercial208v or 240v power supply20-60 miles per hour or better depending on the kW size of the unitA commercial charging station could range up to $20,000 per charger or more if a new electric service is required. KUA offers a commercial Full-Service EV-Charger program, which costs considerably less.
Level-3 DCFC208v or 480v 3-Phase power supply. Follow OEM suggested charging80-125 miles per 45 minutes or better depending on the kW size of the DCFC unitCommercial public charging stations require connecting to a 3-phase transformer, pricing will vary depending on the location at the site.

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Charge while you recharge! If you’re like most in Kissimmee who drive less than 30 miles a day, a plug-in all-electric vehicle has enough juice to get you to work and back. Recharging the battery takes around one or two hours at a charging station, or you could plug your EV into a wall outlet at home to charge overnight.

Charging plugs/adaptors

Alternating current (AC) allows charging up to the kW-listed rating of the charger and the EV battery management control system.

Level-1: Standard wall outlet plug using NEMA 5-15, the standard 15 amp,120v or NEMA 5-20, at 20 amp,120v. The slowest charging rate of speed.

Level-2: J1772 charger plug, using 208v or 240v or a separate L14-50 amp outlet can be used with EV plug cord or adaptor. Many consumers want a Level-2 charger at their home or business.

Level-3 DC Fast Charging: Direct current which allows fast-charging up to the max kW rating of the charger and in combination with your EV battery management control system. Not all EVs come with DC fast charging as a standard feature. It is often available as an upgrade package and well worth the investment.

  • CHAdeMO, plug: allows for very high kW charging capacities.
  • CCS, plug: an enhanced version of the Level-2, J1772 plug to allow very high kW charging capacities.

Tesla has their own proprietary design plug and sells an adapter that will be needed to charge at a non-Tesla public charging station.  However, the Tesla J1772 adapter will not be required at a Tesla charging destination center or Tesla supercharger stations.

  • J1772 connector – adapter to charge a Tesla at Level-2 public charging station is required.
  • CHAdeMo or CCS  – adapter to charge a Tesla at a Level-3 public charging station is required.

It is important to know what type of nozzle plug face your EV has, especially when you’re on the go and looking for a charging station. Depending on your EV’s manufacturer, there are different nozzle plug faces for the higher levels of charging. Check with your EV manufacturer prior to purchase to make sure you have what you will need, as there are different types of plugs at chargers, and not all EVs are the same.

Over 80% of EV, charging currently happens at home. There is a reason – it’s so convenient. There’s nothing more convenient than home charging. With EVs, you can charge in your sleep. Literally. You can choose to plug your EV into a standard 120-volt wall outlet or have a Level 2 charger installed. 

With about 55+ public charging stations in the area plus more on the way, you can grab a charge whenever, wherever.  In fact, KUA has installed public DC Fast Chargers and many more public Level-2 chargers around Kissimmee, supporting our local business and community park locations.

All KUA public maintained chargers have a fixed rate cost per kWh, plus a $1 access fee, pay-as-you-use.  

KUA EV Public Charging Sites

KUA EV charging stations are supported by Shell-Recharge EV network. Their user-friendly mobile app offers features that allow you to locate the nearest charger, size of charger kW, price per kWh, check your charging status, easily make payments and stay up to date on your account. Find your nearest EV charging station here.

EV Frequently Asked Questions

As popularity and interest in electric vehicles (EVs) increases, we’re here with information to help make buying and owning an EV even easier.

Where can I charge when I’m away from home?

If you need to charge away from home, there are a growing number of online maps and phone apps that can help you find the charging station nearest you—more stations are being installed every day. A simple web search for “public EV charging map” can help you find locations near you.

In addition, many EVs have built-in navigation apps to help you locate the closest charging station.

What EV is best for me?

With more than 40 all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) on the market, there is an EV for everyone.

PlugStar simplifies the EV shopping experience. The online shopping tool provides the information you need to make your EV transition. Find information on electric vehicle options, pricing, incentives, and charging. You can also connect to a PlugStar Certified Dealer that is specially trained to support your EV needs.

Shop for an EV with PlugStar. (This link takes you to an external website. We are not responsible for their content.)

How do I charge at home?

Ask your auto dealer what the vehicle manufacturer recommends for getting your home plug-in ready. Charging times vary depending on how far you drive between charges, the speed of your charging equipment, and the capabilities of your EV.

For vehicles and charging units capable of shorter charging times, higher-power electrical connections may be required—similar to the electrical connection for a household air conditioner or dryer.  Please contact a Florida State licensed electrical contractor to make sure you have enough capacity (room in your electric panel) to add an additional 240v breaker with a charger.

What does it cost to charge at a KUA Public Charging station?

If you own an EV, you can benefit by signing up for the Shell-Recharge app EV network and ordering an RFID.  All KUA chargers have a fixed GS rate of 0.13429 per kWh, plus a $1 access fee.

Other Public charging station pricing may differ.  Best to check the charging station EV network app pricing before you charge.  We are not responsible for 3rd party chargers and what they charge to use their Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) as they are owned and maintained by someone else.

Is it easy to charge an EV?

Yes—for some EVs and charging stations, it’s as easy as plugging in a toaster!  Knowing you’re driving needs will help you choose the charge options that work best for you.  Options include the standard 120-volt charging cord that comes with your car and plugs into any standard household outlet, or specialized 240-volt charging units installed by your licensed electrician.  Your EV dealer and manufacturer can provide you with the most up-to-date charging option information.  They can also recommend charging equipment installers in your area.  Some EVs and specialized charging units can be programmed to start and stop charging automatically at the times you would prefer to charge.

How can I charge if I live in an apartment?

If you live in a multi-unit residence, installing plug-in vehicle charging equipment may require approval from your homeowners’ association (HOA).  Since multi-unit residence installations are often in common areas, it’s important to involve your HOA as soon as possible.  Please contact KUA customer service as we would be happy to help your HOA with getting a public full-service KUA EV Charger.

How much will my home energy bill go up?

Typically, an increase in your energy bill will be much less than what you would have paid to fuel up each month. Contact us at kuagreenteam@kua.com or call 407-933-9800 to discuss further with one of our energy conservation specialists.

My car is plugged in and not charging. Why?

Electric cars have settings that allow the owner to delay the charging time or how fast it can charge. Your car may be set for delayed charging, which can be reset to immediate charging, or you may be fully charged.  Otherwise, if there’s a technical issue, check for messages in the charging station app and/or vehicle.  Making sure you have good cell reception and your charging network app. and/or devices are up to date will also help to ensure you do not have any difficulty.

Can I charge when it’s raining?

Yes. Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) is designed to be safe in all weather conditions. Charging is generally much safer than pumping gas.

Can I jump-start another car?

Using an EV’s low-voltage battery to jump-start another car isn’t recommended. Check your owner’s manual for more information.

How often will I need to replace my high-voltage battery and how much should I expect to pay?

Automakers provide an EV battery warranty for a certain number of years or miles.  Check with the EV manufacturers for the most up-to-date warranty information for the EV you are considering for purchase.  Battery costs have dropped drastically and are expected to continue to fall.  EVs have fewer maintenance requirements than internal combustion vehicles.  One of the major cost savings is a lower frequency of service and maintenance; this includes the battery pack.  If you do have a battery-related issue that is not covered by the warranty, it can be often resolved by replacing a single module or component, rather than the entire battery, at a lower cost.  Based on survey data, it is uncommon for owners to change out their batteries.  

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Will DCFC fast charging degrade my battery:

Using DC Fast Charge in moderation is unlikely to have negative effects on your battery. DC Fast Charging is slightly more taxing on an EV battery than Level-1 (120v) or Level-2 (240v) charging is.  However, we are not able to locate any data to support that DC Fast Charging excessively degrades the battery wear at this time and we recommend that you check with your EV manufacturer. For more details visit: https://survey.pluginamerica.org/  (This link takes you to an external website. We are not responsible for their content.)

What happens to the high-voltage battery at the end of my EV’s useful life?

Spent EV batteries can be reused and recycled.  Batteries that can no longer support use in an EV can be repurposed by other manufacturers or vendors. Batteries can then be sent to recycling centers where valuable rare earth metals are separated out for reuse.  EV batteries use lithium-ion chemistry that doesn’t contain toxic materials and is considered landfill safe.  Check with the manufacturer for the most up-to-date battery-recycling program they may offer. 

Kissimmee Utility Authority is not affiliated with the manufacturers or vendors, does not expressly or implicitly warrant the performance of the products, and is not liable for any damage caused by these products or for any damage caused by the malfunction of these products. Any non-KUA logo or trademark is owned by its respective manufacturer or its assignee.