Electric-Vehicle Users Could See Power Bills Skyrocket In New Year

SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA.com) – Electric-vehicle owners in the Southern California Edison service area could get sticker shock on their electric bills beginning Jan. 1.

In 2017, a new fee will take effect for customers who use more than four times the average amount of electricity of other families in their area.

To help mitigate that cost, Edison offers two separate rate options for EV owners, the Electric Vehicle and Time of Use plans.

Under the Electric Vehicle plan, electricity used to charge your car is billed under a separate meter. Lower rates will apply during off-peak hours of 9 p.m. to noon.

Under the Time of Use plan, you are charged lower rates at night, between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., but you pay more for electricity during the day, with on-peak rates from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you remain under the standard plan, you will have to pay a monthly high usage fee when you go over 400 percent of the baseline usage for your area.

Jason Vasquez uses the Time of Use Plan. He tells CBS2 he can charge his Ford Fusion at night and keep the cost low.

“So, as long as we can charge the car during those off hours, we’re fine,” Vasquez said.

The problem, however, comes during the summer months, when he needs to run air conditioning during the day.

“It might be cheaper simply to run off gas on this vehicle during the summer than to go over that 400 percent,” Vasquez said.

There is a fourth option, which is to install solar panels on your roof and generate your own electricity for your home and car. The installation, though, could cost thousands of dollars upfront.

For more information on each plan, click here.

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  1. Bruce Dp says:

    This so-called news item is so full of convoluted blather that it was only written to stir emotions but not provide any real information.

    SCE is still offering time of use (ToU) to plugin drivers (the term plugin pertains to both EVs and plug-in-hybrids). The hours may have changed a little, but it is not the end of the world like this the-sky-is-falling worded item & video is portraying.

    You will note the Leaf EV driver is plugging in at a public charging point (EVSE) which has nothing to do with her home SCE bill.

    The man has a fusion energy plug-in-hybrid (pih/phev). His vehicle has a tiny (1/3rd) sized battery, thus has a minimal affect on his SCE bill.

    Likely neither need a complete charge during their lower cost ToU charging period (while they sleep). But if they did, the (24kWh) Leaf would use 21kWh while they slept, and the fusion pih would 7kWh.

    When compared to a refrigerator running all day and night at 1kW per hour, that is 24kW hours.
    So, the Leaf uses about the same amount of power as a refrigerator, and the fusion uses a third of that because it is mostly a gasoline vehicle.

    Bottom line: There is nothing to worry about here, no giant energy bills from the plugins.

    Of the four power plan options mentioned, most drivers with stick with the ToU on a separate outlet with the rest of the house on a regular power plan. This allows the cheaper charging of the plugin at night, and less cost for using the air conditioner during SoCal’s hot summers.

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  2. Jeffrey Todd says:

    California leads the nation in cheap solar energy, so none of this can be true.

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