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, your EV charging costs are incorporated into your total household electric bill. Alternatively, 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.

EV-A
EV-B
Rate Design:Single Meter, Home and PEV on Time-of-UseDual Meter, PEV on Time-of-Use
Ideal For:Low energy usage, especially during peak hours.High energy usage or high residential usage during peak hours.
Costs:None specific to rate; panel and/or service upgrade may be required.$100 per meter fee and second panel installation; service upgrade may be required.

Customers can request only one EV rate – either EV-A or EV-B – for their residence and can only change their rate plan once every twelve months.

Rate EV-A

Rate EV-A is for customers that do not have a separately metered electric vehicle charging station.

This option provides a single meter; one baseline amount is shared by both the home and PEV. If PEV charging will not significantly increase daily energy use or current energy use is mostly during non-peak hours, this may be the better rate option.

Rate EV-B

Rate EV-B is for customers with a separately metered electric vehicle charging station.

This option provides two meters: one for the home, which remains on the current residential rate (E-1, E-6 or E-7), and a second meter for the PEV on the EV-B rate. Therefore, the baseline for the home is unaffected by the PEV. If PEV charging significantly impacts your daily energy usage or current energy use is mostly during peak hours, this may be the better rate option.

This option requires a second electrical panel and customers also will incur a $100 fee for the second meter. Although the EV-B rate option generally produces a lower monthly electric bill because of the second baseline for your PEV, the monthly savings may not justify the upfront costs of having an electrician install the second electrical panel.

Other Residential Rates

E-1: This option provides a single meter and is a flat rate. This means that energy costs are the same during all hours. The E-1 rates are higher than the EV rates except during peak hours.

E-6: This option provides a single meter and is a time-of-use rate. This rate is similar to the EV-A rate, with the major difference being EV-A is non-tiered. E-6 also has slightly different time periods and energy rates.

E-7: This option is no longer available for customers; however, existing customers on E-7 may elect to stay on E-7.

E-9: This option is no longer available for customers; however, existing customers on E-9 may elect to stay on E-9 until at least the end of 2014 (exact date is dependent on actions being taken by the California Public Utilities Commission), at which point they will transition to another applicable rate schedule.

Try our Rate Calculator to assist you in estimating your monthly energy bill and determining your best rate option.

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