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 plug-in 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.

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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.

Learn About Green Luxury Car Options at BMW Portland

The BMW lineup brings elegance to a wide range of vehicle styles and popular options. Our inventory highlights just how many ways there are to enjoy a new BMW model, including many BMW electrified vehicles for sale. These electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids help lower the environmental impact of driving and provide many other benefits. Below, we cover the types of green vehicles available, our current options, and the reasons to consider them.

Types of Green Vehicles Available

There are three main types of electrified vehicles for sale. There are some large differences between them, but each offers exceptional value and a lower carbon footprint. We've highlighted those hybrid and electric vehicle options for you.

Electric Vehicles

All-electric vehicles have zero emissions and a battery pack that you can charge at home or at public stations. These models are powerful and have a great driving range, and electric powertrains last longer and cost less to maintain, so you'll save in a few different ways.

Plug-in Hybrids

Plug-in hybrids have a small battery pack for quick charging and electric driving modes, or you can choose to have the electric motors and gas engines work together for incredible efficiency.

Traditional Hybrids

The traditional hybrid powertrain uses a gas engine and electric motor at the same time. There's no charging required, and you'll still enjoy terrific fuel economy and long-term value from a hybrid vehicle.

Benefits of Buying a Hybrid Model or EV

There are many smart reasons to buy a green vehicle, especially from a renowned car brand such as BMW. Electric engines have lower maintenance costs and fewer tasks, such as oil changes, so you won't need to schedule service as often. The lower fuel costs add up quickly, and they make budgeting much simpler even as fuel prices are volatile. Drivers also enjoy the quiet rides of electrified vehicles, and the instant torque offers quick, smooth acceleration.

What to Expect from BMW Electrified Vehicles for Sale in Portland

BMW continues to innovate and add to the wide variety of green vehicles available here. You can find electric and plug-in hybrid options in both the sedan and SUV classes, and every model has the grace and style that drivers love about BMW models. We can tell you more about the electric driving ranges and fuel economy specs of these models.

BMW Plug-in Hybrids

  • BMW X5 xDrive 45e
  • BMW 330e Sedan
  • BMW 530e Sedan

There are several new BMW models with plug-in hybrid engines available. The BMW X5 plug-in hybrid brings added efficiency to the luxury SUV class, and it also has terrific capability and a roomy cabin to enjoy. There are several BMW plug-in hybrid sedans, and the sporty performance of these models makes them popular options.

BMW EVs for Sale

  • BMW iX
  • BMW i4
  • BMW i7

The BMW brand has recently added to their electric vehicle lineup with two new luxury sedans and an electric luxury SUV. The BMW iX is the SUV option, and it is a joy to drive while providing the cabin space and relaxing features that make driving something to look forward to. There are several powerful BMW i4 and BMW i7 models for sale, and the latter provides a tailored cabin with many cutting-edge features, such as the Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof and massaging seats.

There's a lot more to learn about green vehicle options in the BMW lineup and their many benefits. We can talk about the tax benefits of buying an EV or plug-in hybrid and highlight current options in our new inventory, so don't hesitate to contact us.

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