Let’s get started! First, answer the questions below to establish how many kilowatt hours (kWh) per month your Electric Vehicle (EV) will consume. Once you have a good estimate of this value, then you can use this information to make a better decision on rate options.
1. How many miles per month are you going to drive your EV?
The answer to this is very important in estimating the impact of your EV on your monthly electric bill and in making your decision on pursuing rate options and/or charging options.
- If you are only driving 30 miles per day, then your standard onboard charger may meet your needs without investing in a level (2) charger or additional electrical circuits in your home.
- If you are driving 100 miles per day, then a level (2) charger may be needed to have your car fully charged in a shorter amount of time and other rate options might be considered.
2. What is the estimated kilowatt-hour (kWh) per mile rate of your EV?
If you do not know, find your vehicle on the US Department of Energy Fuel Economy Website
- Locate the kWh/100 mile information listed for your car :
- In the example shown above the kWh/100 mile listing for this specific car is 24 kWh per 100 miles.
This means this car will consume .24 kWh per mile (24 kWh/100 miles = .24 kWh per Mile)
If you plan to drive 30 miles a day, or approximately 900 miles a month, then you can anticipate:
900 miles x .24 kWh per mile = 216 kWh per month added to your power bill*
*Save this information, once you calculate your own values, as you will need it to review rate and possibly charging options.
Please Note: this is an estimate to help you understand your usage. Driving style, vehicle load, weather, and other factors can impact the actual kWh consumed.