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Making sense of EV rate plans

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Residential EV rates

You can lower your energy costs by enrolling in one of our EV rate plans:

  • Home Charging EV2-A
  • Electric Vehicle Rate Plan EV-B

Explore EV rates for residential customers

Business EV rates

PG&E offers two electric vehicle rate plans for business customers with on-site EV charging:

  • Business low use EV rate – BEV1
  • Business high use EV rate – BEV2

Explore EV rates for businesses

Is an electric vehicle right for you?

See if you can lower your energy costs by enrolling in a PG&E EV rate plan.

EV rates for residential customers

We offer three rate plans that EV customers are eligible for

Home Charging EV2-A

EV2-A combines:

  • Your vehicle's electricity costs
  • Your home’s electricity usage

Get details about EV2-A

Electric Vehicle Rate Plan EV-B

EV-B:

  • Separates your vehicle's electricity costs from those of your home
  • Involves the installation of a second meter

Get details about EV-B

Electric Home Rate Plan (E-ELEC)

E-ELEC:

  • Ideal if you electrify your home with one or more of the following: Electric vehicle (EV), battery storage, electric heat pump for water heating or climate control (space heating or cooling). 
  • Includes a $15-per-month Base Services Charge and lower kWh prices compared to some other rate plans.
  • Your home does not need to be all-electric to qualify for this rate plan. 

Get details about Electric Home (E-ELEC)

EV rates are Time-of-Use (TOU) rates

TOU rates:

  • Are priced based on the time of day the electricity is used
  • Encourage customers to avoid using electricity during the early evening when the cost of electricity is highest
  • Do not limit how much electricity you can at any time

Changing your rate schedule: 

  • You are allowed to change your rate schedule twice in the first 12 months.
  • After the second rate change you must remain on the new rate for 12 months.

Installing a second meter

  • Do you want to install a second meter dedicated to your electric vehicle (EV)? You are only eligible for EV-B on that meter.
  • Your house will be eligible for other PG&E rate plans (except for the Home Charging EV2-A rate).

Programs available to EV rate customers

  • EV2-A customers can enroll in SmartRate™.
  • EV-B customers cannot enroll in the following programs: SmartRate™, Medical Baseline, CARE and FERA.

Is an EV rate right for you?

What time of day does your household use the most energy?

  • Can you shift your energy use to a time when costs and demand are lower—such as early morning and afternoon?

Can you shift your household’s energy usage to off-peak hours? EV rates: 

  • Lower your monthly bill
  • Support a healthier environment

Learn tips to save energy and money on a TOU rate plan

  • Do you charge primarily at home?
  • Are you able to charge your vehicle between 12 a.m. – 3 p.m.?
  • Can your current EV charger fill your battery overnight?
  • Can your charger provide enough charge to support your daily commute?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, an EV rate could be right for you.

  • Energy is typically cheapest between 12 a.m. and 3 p.m.  
  • EV rate customers save money on their monthly bill by charging during these off-peak hours.

Learn more about off-peak charging

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What is the EV2-A rate?

Combines home and vehicle energy use

  • Our Home Charging EV2-A rate applies to both your home energy and your vehicle's electricity use.
  • It offers lower prices during the hours when producing energy is cheapest.

Best for off-peak charging

This rate plan works for those who have one or more of the following and can charge during off-peak hours:

  • An electric vehicle (EV)
  • Battery storage
  • An electric heat pump

Set charging times for lowest price periods

  • Most EVs and home charging stations allow you to program when you want to charge them.
  • Set the charging time to be during the lowest TOU price periods.

EV2-A is a TOU rate

  • A TOU rate has different prices for electricity depending on the time of day.
  • Costs on the EV2-A rate are lowest from 12 midnight to 3 p.m., every day. This includes weekends and holidays when demand is lowest.
  • This is the best time to charge your vehicle and to use larger household appliances, such as:
    • AC
    • washer
    • dryer
    • dishwasher

Peak and off-peak hours apply

Remember:

  • Off-peak hours are 12 midnight to 3 p.m.
  • Peak hours (4-9 p.m.): electricity is more expensive
  • Partial-peak (3-4 p.m. and 9 p.m. - 12 midnight)

The cost to charge your EV during off-peak hours is about the same as paying $3.23 per gallon at the pump. Learn more about eGallon.

Eligible for CARE and FERA

  • The EV2-A rate is also eligible for the CARE and FERA monthly discounts.
  • When you combine CARE and the EV2-A rate, the cost to charge your EV during off-peak hours is the same as paying $2.10 per gallon at the pump. 
  • Learn more about CARE and FERA.

Eligible for SmartRate™

EV2-A customers are eligible to participate in SmartRate™.

EV2-A rates schedule

  • Review the EV2-A full schedule and rates.
  • This rate schedule applies everywhere PG&E provides electric service.

EV2-A Summer (June – September)

EV2-A rate graph for summer months, June to September

 

EV2-A Winter (October – May)

EV2-A rate graph for winter months, October to May

important notice icon Note:

  • Daily peak period is (4-9 p.m.), partial peak is (3-4 p.m. and 9 p.m. - 12 midnight) and off-peak period is (all other hours).
  • Costs shown above are per kWh.
  • Customers with high energy usage (over 800% baseline allowance) over the last 12 months are not eligible for this rate. 
     

Learn more about Baseline Allowance.

What is the EV-B rate?

Separates home and vehicle energy costs

  • EV-B rate separates your vehicle’s electricity costs from those of your home.
  • It requires the installation of a second meter.
  • The price for charging varies based on the time of day.
  • Your home energy use is measured separately through its own rate.

No shifts to home energy use

The EV-B rate is best for those who:

  • Want to track their EV charging separately from their home energy usage, and/or
  • Are not able to shift their home electric use to off-peak hours

No set charging times

  • Charge any time
  • Maximize your savings by reducing usage from:
    • 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays
    • 3-7 p.m. on weekends and holidays

EV-B is a TOU rate

This means there are different prices for electricity depending on the time of day.

  • Costs on EV-B are lowest from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. when energy demand is lowest. This is the best time to charge your vehicle. 
  • Electricity is more expensive during: 
    • Peak periods (2-9 p.m.)
    • Partial-peak periods (7 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.)

Learn about the eGallon

  • The cost to charge your EV during off-peak hours is the about the same as paying $3.28 per gallon. Learn more about eGallon.

Second meters are required

Do you want to install a second meter dedicated to your electric vehicle (EV)?

  • You are only eligible for EV-B on that meter.
  • Your house will be eligible for other PG&E rate plans (except for the Home Charging EV2-A rate).

Not eligible for CARE, FERA or Medical Baseline

  • The EV-B rate is not eligible for the CARE, FERA or Medical Baseline discounts.
  • For customers enrolled in CARE, the EV2-A rate may be an option..

Not eligible for SmartRate™

  • EV-B customers are not eligible to participate in SmartRate.
  • The EV2-A rate may be an option for you.

EV-B rates schedule

  • Review the EV-B full schedule and rates.
  • This rate schedule applies everywhere PG&E provides electric service.

EV-B Summer (May – October)

EV-B rate graph for summer months, May to October

 

EV-B Winter (November – April)

EV-B rate graph for winter months, November to April

 

important notice icon Note:

  • Weekends and holidays only include the peak period of (3-7 p.m.) and the off-peak (all other hours) period.
  • Costs shown above are per kWh.
  • Customers with high energy usage (over 800% baseline allowance) over the last 12 months are not eligible for this rate. 

Learn more about Baseline Allowance.

What does off-peak mean?

Less strain on the energy grid

  • Using energy during low production times helps spread electric usage to times of the day when there is less strain on the grid.
  • These hours are referred to as ‘off-peak.’
  • They vary depending on which TOU rate a customer is enrolled in.

Lower rates for home charging

  • Charging at home allows EV owners to take advantage of these lower rates.
  • By shifting energy usage to off-peak hours, you could also reduce your utility bill.

How to charge your EV during off-peak hours

 

  • You will need to set up a charging schedule on your charging station directly.
  • You can also do this through the charging network app or through the vehicle itself.

There are different ways you can learn how to do this:

  • Check the manual of your charging station or vehicle.
  • Go online and search: 
    • "Set charging schedule for (your EVSE brand name)"
    • "Set charging schedule of (EV make/model)"

How much could your household save on an EV rate?

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EV rates for businesses

PG&E offers two EV rates for business customers with on-site EV charging

 

The rate plans help you meet your EV charging needs, while keeping fuel costs lower than gasoline or diesel alternatives. Both plans combine a customizable monthly subscription charge with a time-of-use rate to help you save money.

 

These rate plans are specifically designed for customers with separately metered EV charging at locations such as workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, and retail as well as sites with fleets and public fast charging stations.

Business Low Use EV Rate - BEV1

Best suited for:

  • EV charging installations up to and including 100 kilowatts (kW)
  • Smaller workplaces and multi-unit dwellings

Business High Use EV Rate - BEV2

Best suited for:

  • EV charging installations of 100 kilowatts (kW) and above 
  • Sites with fleets and public fast-charging stations

Frequently asked questions about business EV rates

It depends on what other PG&E programs you are enrolled in.

The following programs are ineligible under the BEV1 and BEV2 rate plans.

  • Option R – Not eligible
  • Option S – Not Eligible
  • SmartMeter™ Opt Out
  • Commercial CARE
  • Demand Response programs – Peak Day Pricing (PDP), Excess Supply Demand Response Pilot (XSP), Supply Side II Demand Response Pilot (SSP II), Scheduled Load Reduction Program, and Permanent Load Shift Program
  • NEM 1
  • Complex NEM options (Except NEM2-PS and NEM2-MT)
  • 100% Standby
  • Mixed Use Standby

important notice icon Note: If you enroll in this rate, you will either be unenrolled from the programs listed above or not receive the financial benefits.

To enroll:

  1. You must be a commercial business with EV charging infrastructure.
  2. You must be interval billed on a MV90 meter or SmartMeter™.
  3. You must have a separate meter for your EV chargers. 
    • The meter can only be connected to EV charging infrastructure. 
    • It cannot be shared with other end uses such as a building or irrigation. 
    • Customers with approved EV submeters and an approved MDMA can use their submeter to enroll in the Business EV rates. For additional information on EV Submetering, visit the EV Submetering page.

important notice icon Note: There is an exception where customers may include appliances and apparatus that solely serve the overall EV infrastructure on the EV-only meter. 

Visit the Business EV Tariff for more details on incidental and integral load.

No.

  • These Business EV rates are optional.
  • Businesses with EV charging infrastructure can be on an otherwise applicable business rate schedule.

To enroll in the Business EV rate or change your subscription level on an existing meter:

There are two primary costs:

  • Your subscribed kW level
  • A volumetric kWh charge, the price of which is determined by your time-of-use period

The time-of-use schedule is designed to reduce usage on the electric grid when demand is highest (4-9 p.m.) while also providing consistently low rates for:

  • A large portion of the nighttime (9 p.m. - 9 a.m.)
  • Part of the afternoon (2 - 4 p.m.)
  • An even more affordable super off-peak period (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

These time-of-use periods match PG&E's rate time periods, which:

  • More accurately reflect the cost of the energy
  • Support California's renewable initiatives to promote energy usage when solar energy is most plentiful

This is when usage of the electric grid is the highest.

The kW subscription replaces a demand charge. It’s similar to how you pay for your mobile phone or cable service.

  1. Choose a subscription plan to match your estimated kW usage
  2. Get billed that amount every month

Subscription levels differ by the rate plans:

  1. Customers who choose the BEV1 rate can subscribe in blocks of 10 kW up to 100 kW per month.
  2. Customers who choose the BEV2 rate can subscribe in blocks of 50 kW, starting at 100 kW per month with no cap.

Most customers receive (secondary) power via lower voltage distribution lines. Some customers receive (primary) power via higher voltage transmission lines.

Subscription charges are 100% allocated to distribution charges.

See table below.

Customer with monthly demand of exactly 100 kW may choose either BEV1 or BEV2 rate.

Customers on BEV rate are encouraged to actively manage their subscription levels to avoid paying overage fees. When you enroll on BEV rate, you will be defaulted to calendar billing, which allows for simpler subscription management process for both the customer and PG&E. You can change your subscription at any time during the billing cycle except if you incur an overage fee on the third billing cycle of your grace period.

 

In that case, PG&E will auto-adjust your subscription to the appropriate level to cover your actual demand and you will need stay on this auto-adjusted subscription level for the next three billing cycles.

When you first enroll on BEV rate, you have a three-month grace period for the first three billing cycles during which you won't incur any overage fees for exceeding your subscription amount.

 

Outside of the grace period, any kW overage will be charged:

  • In increments of 1 kW
  • At twice the rate of the subscription kW costs.

For example, if the subscription fee was $12.41 per 10 kW block (i.e., $1.24 per 1 kW), the overage fee would be $2.48 per kW.

 

If a customer used exactly half of the subscription block over the subscription level in the given cycle, the cost of the overage fees is the same as selecting the next subscription level. For example, an overage fee of $2.48 for 5 kW is $12.41, which is the same as the cost of the of 10 kW subscription block.

Yes, these rates are available to CCA, DA and PG&E bundled customers.

Enroll by calling PG&E's Business and Solar Customer Service Center at 1-877-743-4112, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You're not limited on vehicle types. You can charge golf carts, forklifts, ATVs, passenger cars, even planes and electric bikes.

 

You must have a commercial electric vehicle charging station (or stations) in order to be eligible for these rates.

  • Solar: Yes.
  • Stationary Battery: Yes. Stationary battery must be:
    • Connected to a meter that is separately metered for EV charging
    • Used solely for EV changing
  • Generator: Yes. A renewable energy generator could be used in conjunction with Business EV rates if it follows NEM rules.

There is no explicit restriction against traditional generators being attached to the charging area. The meter itself must be only used for EV charging.

Yes. Customers with approved EV submeters and an approved MDMA can use their submeter to enroll in the Business EV rates. For additional information on EV Submetering, visit the EV Submetering page.

Customers can request a second meter by calling a Building Services expert at 1-877-743-7782 Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Yes. Any connected stationary battery which is solely used for EV charging qualifies for these Business EV rates.

BEV rates schedule

  • Review the BEV full schedule and rates.
  • This rate schedule applies everywhere PG&E provides electric service.

Time-of-use or Hourly Flex Pricing

 

Business EV rates require a monthly subscription charge and a TIme-of-Use rate

Features of EV rates for business customers

 

Monthly subscription charge¹

Choose your subscription level based on your maximum monthly EV charging kW consumption. This can be adjusted throughout the month as often as needed – until the last day of each billing cycle – to avoid overage fees.

 

Overage fees

At the end of your billing cycle, if your actual consumption (kW) exceeds your subscription level, you will be charged an overage fee of two times the cost of one kW for each kW over your subscription level.

 

For example, using a subscription fee of $12.41 per 10 kW block (i.e., $1.24 per 1 kW), your overage fee would be two times this at $2.48 per 1 kW. If you have a 60 kW subscription level, but use 61 kW in a given billing cycle, you will pay for the 60kW subscription ($74.46) plus the additional 1 kW at double the price ($2.48). The cost of the overage fees is the same as selecting the next subscription level for exactly half of the subscription block in the given cycle. For example, an overage fee of $2.48 for 5 kW is $12.41, which is the same as the cost of the of 10 kW subscription block.

 

Grace period

To help you determine the best subscription level, you have a grace period with no overage fees for three billing cycles when you first enroll or add more EV charging installations. If you incur overage fees on your third and final grace period billing cycle, your subscription level will be automatically adjusted to cover your overage amount. You will also need to stay on this auto-adjusted subscription level for your next three billing cycles, after which you may modify your subscription level without limitation.

 

Time-of-use rate

In addition to your monthly subscription charge, you are charged a volumetric rate (kWh) based on how much energy you use and when you use it. Charging is the most affordable midday when PG&E has higher levels of renewable energy generation. Time-of-use periods are consistent year-round with no seasonality.

Business EV rates have off-peak, super off-peak and peak hours

Please refer to the Business EV Tariff (PDF) for exact values.

 

Business EV rate calculator

Calculate your monthly fueling costs with the dynamic Business EV rate calculator tool. Estimate monthly fueling costs, toggle between rate option, see how your costs change depending on subscription level, set your charging schedule, compare BEV to other applicable rates, and more.

Benefits of subscription-based EV plans

Affordable EV charging

Using these plans to charge an electric vehicle could result in lower costs as compared to fueling a similar vehicle that uses gasoline or diesel.²

Simpler pricing

These plans eliminate traditional fluctuating demand charges and let you select a subscription level that minimizes charging costs to better fit your needs.

Improved budgeting

Similar to cell phone or cable TV service, you choose your monthly subscription level, so you know what to expect each month. 

Reduce greenhouse gases

Electric vehicles reduce greenhouse gases by over 60% by fueling vehicles using PG&E’s more than 85% greenhouse-gas free fuel mix.

Support California's goals

Transportation is the single largest source of climate-related pollution.2 To help the state reach its greenhouse gas reductions goals in 2030 and 2050, we must electrify our fleets.

1Calculated based on Carbon Intensity (CI) as identified by the California Air and Resources Board in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation. Based on PG&E's 2018 power mix (PDF).

2California Air and Resources Board (CARB), July 2018

*The electric grid connects customers to power by way of transmission and distribution lines. Most customers receive (Secondary) power via lower voltage distribution lines. Some customers receive (Primary) power via higher voltage transmission lines.

Enroll in EV rates for business

Step 1: Estimate your connected load

Estimate your connected load by totaling the kW capacity of all EV charging equipment that will be on the meter. Look at the name plate rating on the equipment for kW capacity.

 

Step 2: Choose your rate plan

  • Business Low Use EV Rate - BEV1
  • Business High Use EV Rate - BEV2

 

Step 3: Choose your subscription level

Choose a subscription level based on your estimated connected load. You get a grace period of three consecutive billing cycles when you first enroll in any BEV rate option, during which:

  • You won't be charged any overage fees.
  • You'll be notified by email and text message (opt-in required) if your demand exceeds your chosen subscription level.
  • Your subscription level will be automatically adjusted to match your actual demand if an overage occurs in the third billing cycle of your grace period. However, it will not adjust down if your demand is less than your chosen subscription level. In the event of an auto-adjustment, you will need to stay on the auto-adjusted subscription level for the next three billing cycles.

 

Step 4: Enroll in the BEV rate

 

After you enroll, adjust your subscription level as needed and start saving money. You can adjust your subscription level throughout your billing cycle as often as you want – until the last day of each billing cycle – to avoid overage fees (if applicable).

Ready to enroll?

Sign in to manage your account or call our Business and Solar Customer Service Center at 1-877-743-4112, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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