Detroit Edison to offer experimental electric vehicle rate


Orjiakor Isiogu,
Michigan PSC
Lansing, MI, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 11, 2010 – The Detroit Edison Company yesterday received approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to offer specific rates for electric vehicles for residential customers – the first utility in the state to do so.

In its application, Detroit Edison proposed to make this experimental electric tariff available on an optional basis to a maximum of 2,500 residential customers seeking separately metered service for the sole purpose of charging licensed electric vehicles.

The company will, at the customer’s option, fund up to $2,500 for the separately metered circuit including the approved charging station; or if the approved charging station is provided by the manufacturer, Detroit Edison will fund up to $2,500 for the separately metered circuit and the installation of the charging station.  

Eligible customers will be provided with two rate options, one that provides a lower rate for charging during off-peak hours (hours other than between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Friday) and another that provides for a monthly flat fee of $40 per vehicle.

“As manufacturers begin to sell plug-in electric vehicles, it is important that Michigan’s electric utilities be ready as well,” said MPSC Chairman Orjiakor Isiogu. “The program approved today will help Detroit Edison evaluate the effect of electric vehicles on its electric system, offers off-peak rates that customers can use to charge vehicles, and offers the infrastructure required to charge these vehicles.”

The utility’s experimental tariff will run through December 31, 2012.