California Utility Rates Could Stall Electric Car Adoption

The state's tiered rate system means California households pay 35% more than the national average.

Published: 17-Jan-2011

Californians may end up paying the highest electricity rates in the country to charge their electric vehicles, a new study says.

The state's tiered rate system, in which customers are charged higher rates as they use more electricity, could make plug-in hybrid and battery-powered vehicles more costly to own, according to a Purdue University study.

The study was unveiled as the first of the electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are reaching consumers. Two vehicles, the all-electric Nissan Leaf and the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, started being delivered to their first customers last month.


Kia Ray Plug-in Hybrid Concept Car

Sprawled across 1.3 million square feet are plug-in hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles capable of running on natural gas and propane.

Chevy Volt will be flex-fuel capable when it launches later this year.

Independent fuel dealers find it difficult recouping their investment while lowering their storage capacity for higher volume fuels

While capable of driving

The L1 might go over 400 miles on a tank of fuel, but the common honey bee makes it look like a gas guzzler.


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