Imagine the shock of a homeowner when they get a bill from their electric company that's twice as high as previous statements. Outrage will likely ensue as they decipher the bill and determine that one of the latest additions to their home have driven electrical costs through the roof.
This scenario could present itself once electric vehicles (EVs) come onto the scene and homeowners plug-in each night. With EVs in the garage and without some sort of smart metering system in place, the electrical meter could spin quickly, racking up usage fees like never before.

Is this a reasonable possibility for EV owners? Well, charging an electric vehicle is kind of like running your refrigerator with the door open, while the air conditioner is at full blast with every light in the house gleaming all day long. Or something like that. It takes a lot of juice to charge a vehicle, more than some may expect. But remember, gas can be even more expensive and you won't be using much of that anymore. If you factor in savings on fuel, the electrical bill could look like a bargain. That is, if you can calculate out the bottom line. Gas is purchased in small chunks – $20 here and $10 there – but electric bills pile on the hurt all at once, a monthly occurrence that could catch you off guard.

Once the shock subsides and logic takes over, the monthly savings of electricity usage versus fuel could be significant enough to convince EV owners that the benefits of choosing electric go far beyond environmental concerns. As shocking as the bill may be, it will pale in comparison to the pain felt at the pump.

[Source: Ward's Auto | Image: Zoutedrop - C.C. License 2.0]


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