Electric Vehicles

All About Electric Vehicles

Click the tabs to learn more about the different electric vehicles on the market, current savings calculations and where you can find a fast charger near you. Scroll down to learn about Benton REA's current incentives and EV programs.  

Electric Vehicle and Plug-In Hybrid Purchase Incentive

Benton REA offers up to $100 to members who purchase an electric vehicle. To qualify, you must:

  1. Must be a Benton REA member with an active electric account.
  2. Must be the owner of the home or business where your electric vehicle is charged.
  3. Purchase an Electric Vehicle ($100 incentive if the vehicle is purchased prior to Level 2 charger installation or a $50 incentive if the vehicle is purchased after Level 2 charger installation) or Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle ($25 incentive). Please provide proof of purchase by providing a copy of your receipt.
  4. Provide all required information on the application.
  5. Allow Benton REA to install an AMI (Advanced Meter Infrastructure) or equivalent automated meter on your home or business. This is not required if the incentive is for a Plug-In Hybrid.
  6. Upon final approval of the application, a check for the incentive amount will be paid to you.

Click the box below to download the application. To complete it digitally, you must save the file, complete the form and resave it before printing. Applications must be returned to: Benton REA, Attn: Ron Mitchell, P.O. Box 1150 Prosser, WA 99350.

Purchasing a Level 2 Charger? We Can Help.

If you are in the market for an electric vehicle, consider Benton REA’s new incentive and loan options for purchasing a faster, Level 2, smart in-home charging station.

The Level 2 (240 Volt) charging station charges an electric vehicle in 8-10 hours as opposed to the 24 hours it takes a Level 1 charging station.

Members may be eligible for both the electric vehicle charging station incentive and loan.  Review the requirements for more details.

Contact Benton REA's member services department before applying for the electric vehicle charging station incentive and/or loan by calling 509-786-8265.

A Woman charging an Electric Vehicle

$300 Charging Station Incentive Requirements

  • Must be a residential Benton REA member who owns the residence
  • Must purchase and install a residential Level 2 (240-volt) smart charging station for your all-electric vehicle. Hybrid vehicles do not apply
  • Set the charging delay to a time determined by Benton REA (such as 10 p.m.)

Charging Station Loan Terms (Up to $2,000)

  • Recipient must be a Benton REA member in good standing with no more than one delinquent payment
  • Must meet all requirements of the electric vehicle charging station incentive (see above)
  • Agree to a 5% interest rate
  • Agree to term loan that is a maximum of three years, non-transferable
  • The electric service must be used as collateral on the loan
  • Proof of income (i.e. most recent paystub) for all loans $1,000 or more

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Transporation Alliance

EVITA logo - Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Transportation Alliance

Benton REA is proud to be a member of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Transportation Alliance (EVITA), leading the way to advocate for sustainable electric transportation infrastructure in Southeast Washington.

This effort is sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative (MCEI), an industry collaboration effort coordinated through the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC). Alliance members include Benton PUD, Franklin PUD, Benton REA and Richland Energy Services, in concert with Energy Northwest.

In 2017, EVITA received a Washington state grant to fill the "charging gap" with DC fast charging stations along I-82, I-90 and US 395. One of these will be located in the Benton REA service territory and located in Prosser. Return here for future updates on the project.