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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Make sure you check your local Electric Company

I was pleased to find out I get a $500 rebate (cold hard cash) from my local electric company for the purchase of my 2019 Kia Niro Plugin
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Yes. Electric companies love people who buy plug in cars as it makes them money. Their hope is that you will need to upgrade your electrical service panel to a larger unit so you can plug in your car.

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Mine does a charger install rebate of $500. We're debating on if we'll take it because it would put us on time of use charges instead of flat rate. Since we're home most of the time, that might not work out well for us.
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In the Seattle area Puget Sound Energy doesn't even offer time-based rates, so it doesn't matter what time of day I plug mine in. They offered a charger rebate several years ago but nothing current. Our state approved a new rebate that becomes effective later this year, but it has a lower limit of 30 EV miles before it's available. Therefore it wouldn't have applied to my Niro anyway, so I didn't wait to lease mine.

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Mine does a charger install rebate of $500. We're debating on if we'll take it because it would put us on time of use charges instead of flat rate. Since we're home most of the time, that might not work out well for us.
Usually ToU charges are lower overnight, but your daytime rates should be the same as they are now. Of course, maybe they are playing it differently. Have you verified exactly what the rates would be, compared to your current rates?

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Usually ToU charges are lower overnight, but your daytime rates should be the same as they are now. Of course, maybe they are playing it differently. Have you verified exactly what the rates would be, compared to your current rates?
If I remember right, standard rate is 12 plus $10 in fees



Daytime rates go up, and night time rates are lower.

Energy Charge (added to Demand Charge):

All on-peak energy, per kWh 14.80 (1-5pm)

Plus all mid-peak energy, per kWh 11.71

Plus all off-peak energy, per kWh 7.87 (10pm-8am)
Plus $28 in fees



Running the AC from 1-5 will be a lot more expensive, and that's generally when it's on. I need to track the meter every hour or so for a few days and see what our normal use is, and then check again during a heat wave.
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That's quite a bit different than I have here. We pay (before taxes) about 9 cents per kWh up to a certain amount, then almost 11 cents above that amount. But we don't have any time based rates available, so who knows what Puget Sound Energy would do it they offered it.

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We too got a rebate from our electric company- yea!

Our TOU rates are both lower at night and higher during the day than standard rates. But since we have solar panels, it makes sense for us. Our panels produce electricity when the rates are highest in the afternoon, and we can charge our car at night when rates are lowest.
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My electric is via local city electric company ..no tiered rates ..plus we have solar panels so now instead of selling back our extra at a reduced rate ...I use part of it for my PHEV 🙂
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Idaho Power has business incentives for installing chargers, but all they offer for consumers is a list of electric vehicle ranges and prices and the option to go onto a peak/off-peak pricing structure. For half the year, I work nights, and they will not let you switch back and forth by season, so I am out of luck on a good deal.
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