Interested in Owning an Electric Vehicle?
RCEA has lots of resources for current and potential EV drivers. If you have more questions or would like additional information, please call our office at 707-269-1700 and our Transportation Specialist would be happy to speak with you.
Model Year 2019 Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles
There are many models of low-carbon vehicles out there. This list created by the United States Department of Energy provides a brief snapshot of all the 2019 vehicle models (PDF), including their range and fuel economy. See pages 3-4 for a list of all the new battery electric vehicles, and pages 13-17 for a list of the new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles you can consider for lease or purchase.
Financial Incentives and Assistance
- RCEA EV Incentives Sheet (PDF)
- Public Charging Stations
- Charging at home
- Using the existing electrical system at your house
- Install a charging station on your property
“Do the Math”
Figure out how much an EV would cost you after all the savings and incentives are added in. These sites are helpful:
There are several different rate plans/schedules for EV drivers that want to charge at home.
- PG&E provides an explanation of the different residential EV rates.
- Here is a PDF of RCEA’s Residential Rates. Some common residential EV rate schedules include:
- E6 – Older Time-Of-Use (TOU) rate
- ETOU-A – time-of-use plan with peak hours 3pm-8pm (available for all customers)
- ETOU-B – time-of-use plan with peak hours 4pm-9pm (available for all customers)
- EV-A – EV charging bundled with the same meter used for your home (exclusive to EV drivers)
- The best rate schedule for any given driver varies greatly, and is dependent on your electricity usage and how you drive your EV.
- You can request a rate analysis from PG&E by calling 1-800-743-0335.
- There are no specific EV rates offered to commercial customers at this time, but there are a variety of non-residential time-of-use rates that may help businesses save money for charging their EV fleets.
Regardless of your rate schedule, you can save money on your electricity bill and support local programs by switching over to RCEA’s Community Choice Energy program.