There’s an EV to fit your style, needs and budget

Electric vehicles have gone mainstream: you can find plug-in options for everything from sporty compacts and family sedans to SUVs and even high-performance hot rods! And home charging units have become sleeker and faster than ever. If you’re thinking about a new ride, let’s start by comparing the basics:  

Types of electric vehicles

  • Runs on electricity only
  • Plugs into a standard wall outlet or charging station
  • Zero tail-pipe emissions
  • Examples include Tesla, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt, and many others
  • Runs on an electric battery and gasoline once battery is depleted
  • Plugs into a standard wall outlet or charging station
  • Lower tail pipe emissions than conventional gas-only vehicles
  • Examples include Toyota Prius, Honda Accord Hybrid, Chevy Volt and many others

What’s the difference between a PHEV and a traditional hybrid vehicle?

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and traditional hybrid vehicles both use a combination of gasoline and electric engines. Hybrid vehicles typically have a smaller battery charged only by braking or going downhill, while PHEVs have a slightly larger battery that can be exclusively used and driven with no gasoline used.


PlugStar (a collaboration between Plug in America and San Diego Gas & Electric) simplifies the EV shopping experience. Our 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.

Charging your electric vehicle

If you’re like most San Diegans who drive less than 25 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.

Depending on the manufacturer of vehicle, there are different nozzle faces for the higher levels of charging. Some examples include:

  • BMW, Chevy and VW all have CCS combo DC fast charge nozzles
  • Most Asian manufactured brands have a CHAdeMO DC fast charge nozzle. Tesla owners can purchase an adapter that will allow them to use this charger too

Most DC fast-charging locations will have at least one nozzle of each type.