One segment of electrical consumers who will see time-of-use rates from the get-go are EV (electric vehicle) owners. An EV charge is estimated to consume between 50% and 100% of a home’s average non-EV electrical usage – making it impossible for everyone to drive their EV’s home from work and plug them all in at dinnertime to charge. EVs simply *must* be charged during off-peak periods, when there is adequate capacity on the grid.
Because of this, some believe that EV’s will provide the turning point at which utilities and their customers commence a meaningful dialogue about energy rates and consumption. Perhaps so.