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Steer Toward the Right Rate

Woman looking at the EV Rate Assistant Tool on an iPad

Let Rate Assistant Be Your Guide

The road to finding the right rate starts with our easy-to-use electric vehicle (EV) Rate Assistant tool. Taking your home, family size, schedule, and lifestyle into account, it shows you how charging at home will affect your bill and helps determine a rate that is right for you. You can also see how electric fueling stacks up against filling the tank with gasoline.

Standard Residential Rate Plan

As most residential customers, you are probably on the Residential Plan (Schedule D). Under this plan, as more electricity is used within any billing period, the cost per kilowatt hour increases. You can charge an electric vehicle on this plan, but as an EV owner, you have other options to consider.

Time-Of-Use (TOU) Residential Rate Plans

The Residential Time-of-Use Plan (TOU-D) offers the lowest rates every day from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. If you usually drive less than 40 miles a day (like most US drivers) and plug in every night, the plan provides sufficient time to recharge your EV at a very attractive rate, whether you use a standard outlet (120 volts) or a Level 2 charging station (240 volts).

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Many customers may see a decrease in the annual cost of electricity on the Residential Time-of-Use Plan without shifting any of their existing household loads. If a few tasks (like clothes and dish washing or pool pump operation) can be switched to low cost off-peak and, preferably, to super-off peak periods, the Residential Time-of-Use Plan may help you save additional money on electricity. With this rate plan, rates change seasonally too, rising in summer and dropping in winter. Call us at 1-800-4EV-INFO to talk to one of our SCE Home Fuel AdvisorsSM to discuss if the Residential Time-of-Use Plan is a good fit for you.

View the chart below for more information on times.

Period Time-of Day
On-Peak 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Off-Peak All Other Times
Super Off-Peak 10 p.m. - 8 a.m.

Notes About This Rate Plan:

  • Available to all residential customers (limited number of enrollments)
  • Home and electric vehicle energy are measured using a single meter.
  • The summer season is June through September. The winter season is October through May.
  • Effective January 1, 2015
Electric Vehicles Rate Plans

On the Electric Vehicle Plan (TOU-EV-1), electricity used to charge your electric vehicle is billed through a separate meter at a different rate than electricity used by the rest of your home. Lower rates apply during off-peak hours of 9 p.m. to noon. Rates change seasonally, and are higher in summer.

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We will install the second meter as long as your home’s electrical infrastructure can support it. If you are considering moving to this rate plan, you’ll want to speak to a qualified electrician to understand the costs involved. See the full Electric Vehicle Plan details and view the chart below for more information on times. Call us at 1-800-4EV-INFO to talk to one of our SCE Home Fuel AdvisorsSM to discuss if the Electric Vehicle Plan is a good fit for you.

Period Time-of Day
On-Peak Noon - 9 p.m.
Off-Peak 9 p.m. - Noon

Notes About This Rate Plan:

  • Rate is for separately metered electric vehicle usage. Energy used for the home will be billed according to your existing home plan.
  • The summer season is June through September. The winter season is October through May.
  • Effective January 1, 2015.
Electric vehicle in garage at night

Nighttime Is the Right Time to Charge

If you choose the Residential Time-Of-Use Plan or the Electric Vehicle Plan, plugging in during Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak hours can make a big difference on your bill. These plans have been designed for EV owners to charge when electricity prices are lowest, usually overnight. Even if you decide to remain on the Residential Plan, charging at night is always a good idea. It won’t generate savings, but it’s better for the grid and the environment.

Woman reading at the back of her electric vehicle

The Nuts and Bolts of Charging and Installation

Before you’re ready to start fueling your EV in your garage or driveway, you’ll want to get plugged into the different options available. Be sure to take into account your EV type, installation costs, and your driving habits. Check out more details on Charging and Installation to ensure your charging situation is the right fit for your needs.

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