Your Electric Bill
Since your usage should increase, your bill will increase; but your costs per kilowatt-hour shouldn’t be impacted by the addition of electric cars.
DP&L does not currently have special rates for plug-in electric vehicles. You will be billed using your current electric rate. The energy use for your plug-in electric vehicle will be included in your overall monthly usage on your bill. Check back for further information.
Your electric bill will vary depending on the type of vehicle, the size of the battery, how often you charge the battery, the efficiency of the charger and the distance you drive. Assuming you drive 12,000 miles per year, 240 watt-hours per mile, 11.6¢ per kilowatt-hour and only drive on electric, your monthly electric bill will increase $27.84.
Cost of Electricity
The electric industry and DP&L don’t expect that plug-in electric vehicles will have a significant impact upon the rates that we charge our customers for many years to come. We also expect that if the charging is done off-peak/overnight, electricity prices should remain stable. Ultimately, our electricity rates are set in conjunction with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Selling Back Power
You cannot currently sell back power from your electric car battery to DP&L. It is unlikely that this feature will be available anytime soon.
Most car companies and battery manufacturers have some concern about the extra load on the batteries and how that might shorten the life of the batteries. Electrical equipment will also need to be altered in order to allow the power to be sent back.