Hello.. I just spoke to Southern California Edison and if you're in that area, the news is not great. I asked about rates for electric cars and wanted a better explanation than what was online. It boils down to this:
Option 1: Use the same meter as your house meter and switch to the electric vehicle plan. This allows you to charge you vehicle between the hours of midnight to 6 AM at a reduced rate. The rate starts at 6 cents at level 1 then 12 cents for level 2. (this is for summer, slightly lower for winter) However, if you use much electricity during the day, 10 AM to 6 PM, (even having computers on, etc), your rate at level 2 gets an additional 50 cent penalty! She advised that if you use more than very very basic electricity to not use this option. So, if your work from home like me, it's a 100% no, have kids that come home, etc this is NOT a good option at all.
Option 2: First, to use this option you have to have a separate meter for the car only. The cost for this, from what she has heard, is between 2 and 3 thousand dollars. Edison will then come out and install a meter after the electrician takes care of the installation. Once this has been installed, it you can charge you car only from 6 PM to 9 PM you get a reduced rate. The rate is 11 cents between those times. Any other time it is 28 cents in the summer and 24 cents during the winter. The 11 cents stays the same during the winter from 6 to 9 PM.
All of the cost comparisons I've been reading have been much lower average cost, but if you are in CA with Edison, the rates can be pretty high unless you can charge at very specific times with a very specific lifestyle.