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Utilities Offer Special Rates For Overnight Electric Vehicle Charging

Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 4:33 pm by Solar Energy USA

If you recently purchased a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) you should check with your power provider to see if a special EV rate plan is offered. Recharging a plug-in car is less expensive for Georgia Power customers who enroll in the Plug In Electric Vehicle Rate plan which includes a reduced rate for charging a car overnight when demand is at its lowest.


According to PSC Commissioner Tim Echols, “The PSC approved a special rate for Georgia Power customers who charge their electric cars overnight at home. This special rate rewards the electric car owner with a super off-peak rate that applies not only to the car, but the entire house.”

Echols said charging cars overnight uses the cheapest power on the system (currently 5 cents per kilowatt hour) and allows the customer to use that power during the day, which is usually the most expensive power.

EV fuel costs are estimated at the equivalent of $1 a gallon according to Don Francis, executive director of Clean Cities Atlanta. That price drops to the equivalent of 55 cents a gallon for people who sign up for the special GA Power EV Rate.

“Electric cars not only are more efficient and cleaner to operate,” Echols said. “They also represent a distributed network of battery storage that allows us to store cheap overnight energy in the car’s battery.”


In addition to recharging a plug-in car at home with a Level 1 or Level 2 EV Charging Station, more and more public EV Charging Stations have been popping up around metro Atlanta.

Looking to “refuel” your plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle with solar power?

Contact us to schedule a free in-home solar energy consultation. We’ve helped a number of metro Atlanta EV drivers take advantage of the sun’s free and unlimited resource. We’d love to talk with you about solar powered cars and solar powered homes!