28% more expensive to plug in than gas up

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by Geor99, Feb 8, 2019.

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  1. dnb

    dnb Active Member

    Yeah :\

    I'd rather have your cheap default rates than these insane ones with "off peak" meaning, "sleeping" hours :p

    I pay 21c -> 28c right now (43c if I go over 400% baseline usage) per kwh and switching to TOU would mean 12c cheapest but only when I'm asleep, and 20c-33c the rest of the day/night. So sure I might save a buck charging, but I'll be paying it out during the rest of the waking day. Its absolutely ridiculous there is no competition..
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  3. megreyhair

    megreyhair Active Member

    I m in NJ and regular gas by me is around under $2 for most places. My electric rate is like ~15 cents. So driving with ICE is cheaper by a hair. I still drive mainly in EV since I hate the way the engine sound when it kicks in HV mode.
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  4. Pushmi-Pullyu

    Pushmi-Pullyu Well-Known Member

    Yup. You Clarity PHEV drivers (and bully for you!) are early adopters... which means you need to know a lot more about your car and how it operates than do those who drive gasmobiles. If I had a nickel for every comment I've read from a plug-in EV car buyer who said he knew more about the car at the time of purchase than the salesman he bought it from...

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  5. LAF

    LAF Active Member

    Please don't forget you got a at least a $7500 rebate (with state incentives it could be 10K) to use EV- so at least some of that should be factored into cost equations.
  6. SkipperT

    SkipperT Member

    Yes, it can be set up to start or stop at certain times, or start immediately when the EVSE plugs into the car.
    You can do it from the drivers dash area (which I find easier) or from the app.
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  8. dnb

    dnb Active Member

    Yep with all the incentives, I paid the same or even less than something like an Accord, and my Clarity has the option for electric and heated seats standard ;D
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  9. Aaron

    Aaron Member

    The 7500 dollars gets factored into the price of the actual vehicle for most people.
    I switched to the TOU 5 (I think thats it) plan and it made an immediate and dramatic difference. The problem with SDGE is that they give you a "baseline" of something insane like 400 kw. You charge 23/24 cents a kw/h up to that baseline. Then your rates double. In the summertime we were paying 500 dollars a month. This is for a townhome in San Diego where we NEVER run the AC because....San Diego.
    Electricity is only going to get more expensive for everyone as we have learned here in Cali....there is nothing "cheap" or "renewable" about cheap renewable energy. Nothing.

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