Owners of cars like this Tesla roadster will get a break on their power bills under a new program from Dominion power.
Dominion Virginia Power is starting a pricing program for residential customers who own or lease plug-in electric vehicles. Dominion says the pilot program would offer reduced rates for overnight charging and higher rates during peak times.
For example, the electricity it takes to charge an electric car at night ahead of a morning commute would normally cost around $1.10 at standard residential rates, but Dominion says it would cut that down to 51 cents for electric car owners. The rate could apply for any night time use, not just the car charging.
The company predicts that by 2020 there will be more than 86,000 electric vehicles on the road in its service area which covers much of Virginia and part of North Carolina. It has about 2.4 million customers in all.
The pilot pricing program will end in November 2014.