Submitted by slipdrive on Fri, 2014-02-07 22:49
While debate rolls over the perceived and future benefits of EV's,... This one a fact... 90% of us charge at night, and 90% of us do not have the option of time-of-use rates. So this is one of the better deals the electric utilities have seen. I think it might be the case that here in Colorado, non-summer months XCEL electric grid demand goes way down at night, to "spinning reserve", that is, keeping the plants hot and ready, but not loading the turbines with electric generation due to lack of demand. I'm not an expert, but any demand at night seems almost a freebie cost for XCEL. Yet we pay the same 12 cents/Kwh day or night. That smells like a subsidy... Just haven't heard that mentioned much as a benefit.