New Electric Vehicle Rate Options

In order to support the growing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has introduced new simplified rate plans that are intended to help you better understand and manage your EV energy costs.

How EV Rate Plans Work

There are two EV rate plans. With the first option, EV-A, your EV charging costs are incorporated into your total household electric bill. Alternatively, on EV-B, you can opt to have your in-home charging station on a separate meter which will keep your EV charging costs distinct from the rest of your home. Unlike our other residential rate plans, the EV rate plans are not tiered. The price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) is based only on the time of day you use electricity-Peak, Partial-Peak and Off-Peak. Click on the chart below to see details for summer and winter rates.
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New Residential Rate Options (EV-A and EV-B)

If you're interested in a rate plan that is simple to understand and helps manage your energy costs by taking advantage of low-cost off-peak periods, PG&E recommends you consider either of our new non-tiered rate plans—EV-A or EV-B—over existing non-electric vehicle plans.
 

EV Rate Plan EV-A

EV Rate Plan EV-B

Rate basics: Single household meter for your home and EV charging. Time-of-Use, non-tiered. Dual meter-one for your household, one for EV charging. Time-of-Use based.
This rate plan is non-tiered. The price per kilowatt-hour is based on how much is consumed during each time period when electricity is consumed.
Best for: Electric vehicle owners who charge during Off-Peak hours.
Homes that consume less energy during peak hours.
Electric vehicle owners who charge during Off-Peak hours.
Homes that consume higher amounts of energy during peak hours, and therefore require a separately metered in-home charging station.
How to control costs: Avoid charging EV during peak hours. To maximize overall savings, consider shifting other household energy use, to less-expensive, non-peak hours. Avoid charging EV during peak hours whenever possible.
Other costs: None specific to rate, although charging system may require panel upgrade. One-time $100 fee per meter plus cost to install charging station and second electric panel. Service upgrade may also be required and costs for 2nd meter installation may be significant.

EV-A and EV-B customers are ineligible for the following programs: CARE, FERA, Medical Baseline, or SmartRate™.

 


While the optional EV rates plans are designed with charging your electric vehicle in mind, some customers may be better served by existing non-electric vehicle rate plans.

Please note E-1 and E-6 rate plans are for single metered households; therefore, E-9B and EV-B rate plan customers are not eligible for these rate plans.

 

Tiered Plan E-1

Time-of-Use E-6

Rate basics:

With this plan, you receive an initial electricity allowance at a low rate (Tier 1). If you consume more than the initial allowance, you move into the next energy tier or allowance, until you are in Tier 4. As your energy usage moves into higher tiers, the price per unit of energy (kWh) increases.

On the Time-of-Use rate plan, you still need to conserve energy throughout the month, but the price you pay for each unit of energy (kWh) also varies depending on the time of day. In general, prices are lowest in the morning, late evening and weekends.

Best for:

Homes with lower overall energy usage and where highest energy consumption occurs during weekday afternoons and you are not able to shift usage to other, less expensive, times of the day.

Homes where energy use, particularly from major appliances, can be shifted to occur during less expensive periods like evenings or weekends.

How to control costs:

Manage energy costs by reducing total energy use to remain in lower tiers.

Lower bills by reducing overall energy usage and shifting energy usage to a less expensive time period.

Other costs:

There are no additional charges aside from standard monthly fees.

There are no additional charges aside from standard monthly fees.

The following rate schedule is closed as of August 1, 2013.

E-9: This option is no longer available for new EV customers. However, existing E-9 customers may remain on the E-9 rate plan until it is eliminated in December 2014, or later, through a decision in PG&E’s 2014 General Rate Case Phase II proceeding. At that time, existing E-9 customers will transition to their new EV rate. Customers on the single metered E-9A rate plan may request to transition to non-EV residential rate plans.

To estimate your monthly rate under each plan, use our rate calculator.

 

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