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Old 04-25-2011, 04:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dominion Virginia Powers filing with the SCC for their proposed rate schedules EV and 1EV.

This 101 page document has a lot of interesting information. Besides the proposed rate schedule, there are projections for EV numbers in Virginia.

There are two basic options. Second meter for monitoring charging of only the EV. The rate for this is 16.513 cents on peak (6am-10pm). Off peak is (10pm – 1am/5am-6am) is 7.686 cents. Super off peak (1am-5am) is 4.421 cents. If charging from 10pm – 6am works for you this is definitely something to consider. Note that DVP’s basic rate is going up to 10.770 cents.

Dominion will install the additional meter at no cost, but you will be billed $2.90 per month for the meter.

Alternatively you can switch your whole house to rate 1EV. That rate has 7 different levels depending on time of day and time of year.

Page 66 spells out all the details.

http://www.dom.com/about/environment/pd ... oposal.pdf


For me personally I am not sure if it will work. There are times when waiting to charge at 10pm would work, but often I come home and charge for an hour or two or more and then go back out. Also, on the weekends I frequently charge during on peak hours.

A webcast of the public hearing has been set for June 8, 2011. You can follow that at:

http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case/webcast.aspx



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If I lived in Virginia, it would be a no-brainer. I would have to compare the EV and 1EV rates, but on the typical day, I will do the *majority* of my charging overnight. If I have to charge some during peak hours to fit my lifestyle, so be it. That won't be many KWHs and so will not outweigh the benefits of charging overnight.

Of course, FIRST, I'll have to have an EV.
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If I lived in Virginia, it would be a no-brainer
It may not be as clear cut as you think. Keep in mind that if you are charging only using 120v you may not be able to fully recharge during the super off peak rate. For a Volt it would be doable on 120v, but for cars like the Leaf or the Ford FE at 120v you would not be able to recharge fully during off peak hours.

For myself, I use a 240v charger even for the Volt and its smaller capacity battery, but many people have opted for only 120v.

Definitely for people who will only recharge at night it is the better alternative.



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Keep in mind that if you are charging only using 120v you may not be able to fully recharge during the super off peak rate. For a Volt it would be doable on 120v, but for cars like the Leaf or the Ford FE at 120v you would not be able to recharge fully during off peak hours.

For myself, I use a 240v charger even for the Volt and its smaller capacity battery, but many people have opted for only 120v.
There are actually people willing to pay a premium price for an electric vehicle and not willing to pay an additional $500 for 240V service? Really? The logic of that escapes me. I just never imagined it was possible to own an EV (Ford, GM, Nissan, or otherwise) and not have 240V service installed.
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Keep in mind that if you are charging only using 120v you may not be able to fully recharge during the super off peak rate. For a Volt it would be doable on 120v, but for cars like the Leaf or the Ford FE at 120v you would not be able to recharge fully during off peak hours.

For myself, I use a 240v charger even for the Volt and its smaller capacity battery, but many people have opted for only 120v.
There are actually people willing to pay a premium price for an electric vehicle and not willing to pay an additional $500 for 240V service? Really? The logic of that escapes me. I just never imagined it was possible to own an EV (Ford, GM, Nissan, or otherwise) and not have 240V service installed.
I hear you. I had my 240 bought and installed, before I even had the car. But there are people who apparently go home and never go back out in the evening, or if they do go back out apparently they use a different car. So for them 120 makes sense...I guess?



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