Making sense of Business EV rate plans


PG&E offers two electric vehicle rate plans for business customers with on-site EV charging. These rates 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 fast charging stations.


These new 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.


Business Low Use EV Rate - BEV1

For EV charging installations with a connected load up to and including 100 kilowatts (kW). Best suited for smaller workplaces and multi-unit dwellings.


Business High Use EV Rate - BEV2

For EV charging installations with a connected load of 100 kilowatts (kW) and above. Best suited for sites with fleets and fast-charging stations.

How the Business EV rates work



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. Overage fees will not go into effect until October 1, 2020.


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).


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. The grace period will not go into effect until October 1, 2020. Customers who enroll prior to this date will also not be charged overage fees.


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 High Use EV Rate (BEV2) values shown for illustrative purposes. Business Low Use EV Rate (BEV1) values will vary slightly from the values shown above. The kWh values of the TOU periods above are rounded for clarity. Please refer to the Business EV Tariff (PDF, 465 KB) for exact values.


To learn more, visit time-of-use.

Benefits of these subscription-based EV plans

Rates Electric Vehicle

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

Bill paper

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.

General Billing

Improved Budgeting

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

No CO2

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.³

State of California

Support California's Goals

Transportation is the single largest source of climate-related pollution.⁴ To help the state reach its greenhouse gas reductions goals in 2030 and 2050, we must electrify our fleets.

Find the best rate plan for you

Rate
Customers who may benefitDescriptionThings to consider
Business Low Use EV Rate - BEV1

This rate plan is designed for smaller businesses with separately metered EV charging equipment and a connected load of 100 kilowatts (kW) or less. Best for smaller workplaces and multi-unit dwellings, such as apartment buildings.

This rate plan allows you to choose your subscription level in 10 kW blocks, up to 100 kW with a price of $12.41 per 10 kW block.

Avoid charging during peak periods to maximize savings.


Consider using demand management software and/or battery storage to reduce your capacity needs and lower your subscription level.

Business High Use EV Rate - BEV2

This rate plan is designed for larger businesses with separately metered EV charging equipment and a connected load of 100 kilowatts (kW) or more. Best for sites with fleets and fast-charging stations.

This rate plan allows you to choose your subscription level in 50 kW blocks, starting at 100 kW (and over). For BEV2 (Secondary) customers, the price of each 50 kW block is $95.56. For BEV2 (Primary) customers, the price of each 50 kW block is $85.98.*

Avoid charging during peak periods to maximize savings.


Consider using demand management software and/or battery storage to reduce your capacity needs and lower your subscription level.

*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.

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Choose your rate plan

Select the level based on your charging needs.


Business Low Use EV Rate - BEV1
For EV charging installations with a monthly connected load up to and including 100kW. Best suited for smaller workplaces and multi-unit dwellings.


Business High Use EV Rate - BEV2
For EV charging installations with a monthly connected load of 100kW and above. Best suited for sites with fleets and fast-charging stations.


NOTE: 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. In many cases, a customer should choose a subscription level based on this connected load.

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Enroll in the rate

First, make sure you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. You are a PG&E commercial customer with EV charging equipment.
  2. You are interval billed on a SmartMeter™. Beginning October 1, 2020, customers with MV90 meters will be able to enroll.
  3. Your EV charging equipment is separately metered (i.e., not shared with other end uses such as your building’s electric load).


Next, have the following information ready:

  • An estimate of your connected load to determine the best rate.
  • Your preferred kW subscription level.

Once you're ready, 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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Use the grace period to determine your best subscription level

Starting October 1, 2020, you get a grace period of three consecutive billing cycles when you first enroll, during which:

  • You won't be charged any overage fees. NOTE: customers who enroll between May 1 and September 30, 2020 will not incur overage fees when they exceed their subscribed kWs during this period.
  • 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.
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Adjust your subscription level as needed and start saving money

  • Customers who choose the BEV1 rate can subscribe in blocks of 10 kW up to 100 kW. Customers who choose the BEV2 rate can subscribe in blocks of 50 kW, starting at 100 kW with no cap.
  • 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).
  • Charging is most affordable during off-peak and super-off-peak times, which has overlap with some of the highest periods of renewable energy generation on the grid.

Ready to get started?


Call our Business and Solar Customer Service Center at 1-877-743-4112, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.





Frequently asked questions

DISCLAIMERS:
¹ Not all billing cycles are monthly. Please refer to your billing cycle time period.
² Actual results may vary.
³ Calculated based on Carbon Intensity (CI) as identified by the California Air and Resources Board in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation (PDF). Based on PG&E's 2018 power mix (PDF, 168 KB).
⁴ California Air and Resources Board (CARB), July 2018.