California Looks for Ways to Moderate EV Charging Costs

Despite Purdue report, state is working on special electric car charging rates to encourage off-peak hours.

Published: 17-Jan-2011

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The push to get more electric cars out on the road comes with a wrinkle. Will the money you save on gas be spent instead on paying for more electricity to charge your car? After all, the more electricity we use, the more it costs. But, there is an effort to make an exception.

California's tiered rate system was put in place to discourage high energy use and make the state more green. The more electricity you use, the higher the rate.

A new Purdue University study says that means Californians will end up paying the highest costs for charging electric cars. The Purdue study shows a plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt for example, would increase a household's electrical usage by 60 percent.

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