EV Driver Pilot Program: Separately meter your car’s electricity
Enrollment for the Submetering Pilot will begin on January 16, 2017.
SDG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission are supporting a pilot program open to electric vehicle drivers interested in having their car’s electricity metered separately from their home or business. The pilot has 500 participants and sign-ups and meter installations are done by third-party vendors.
The benefit to participating in the program is that electric vehicle drivers can be billed under a separate rate for their car’s electricity usage, while their other home or business usage is billed on their current rate.
The pilot is temporary and is running for 15.5 months beginning January 16, 2017 and ending on April 30, 2018. The goal is to explore the viability of a third-party metering an electric car.
To sign up:
- Choose a service provider from this list:
- Contact the service provider and they will help you fill out the enrollment form.
- Once complete, submit the enrollment form to SDG&E by emailing it to [email protected] or mailing it to:
Attn: Clean Transportation EV Submetering Pilot
8306 Century Park Ct., CP42K
San Diego, CA 92123
To learn more contact a service provider from the list above.
- For Customers:
- For Service Providers:
- I need more information, who should I contact?
Contact a service provider from the list in the "To sign up" section above.
- Why would I want to participate in this pilot?
You might want to participate in the pilot because you want to see on your SDG&E bill how much energy your car uses on your SDG&E bill.
- Is this an SDG&E pilot?
SDG&E is coordinating with third party service providers on this pilot. SDG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission both support the pilot.
- Which service provider should I choose?
SDG&E is unable to recommend a service provider to you.
- How much will this cost me?
The cost is determined by each individual service provider.
- How much time will I need to spend on this pilot if I participate?
Your time to participate in this pilot includes filling out the enrollment form, coordinating the installation with your service provider, and any additional requirements the service provider has of you. Once the pilot starts, you should charge your vehicle as you normally would. The service provider and SDG&E will bill you on your SDG&E bill.
- What do the service providers do?
The service providers market to electric vehicle customers to invite them to join the pilot. SDG&E does not provide them with customer information. They also provide and install the EV metering equipment. They maintain and read the EV meter, and transmit the data to SDG&E for billing. They do not read your home or business main meter.
- I was contacted by a service provider, how did they get my information?
Service providers conduct outreach to customers through their own contact lists, SDG&E does not provide them with customer information.
- How am I billed?
If you are the customer-of-record for both your primary meter and submeter your energy usage totals for both meters will appear on a single billing statement for 12 billing cycles. To bill the EV charging usage on the appropriate rate schedule, we created a new Service Account # which will be reflected on your billing statement. At the conclusion of the pilot, we will close the EV Service Account # and resume billing your total usage, including EV charging, on your Primary Service Account and rate.
If you agree to allow your Submeter MDMA to be the customer-of-record for your submeter, you will receive a bill for your energy usage on your primary meter less your EV charging usage for 12 billing cycles. Your Submeter MDMA will receive and pay the bill for your EV charging usage on the appropriate rate schedule under a new Service Account # which will be reflected on the Submeter MDMA’s billing statement for 12 billing cycles. However, you will retain sole responsibility for paying the entire monthly bill including EV and other charges regardless of any agreement between you and your Submeter MDMA. At the conclusion of your participation in the pilot, we will close the Submeter MDMA’s EV Service Account # and resume billing your total usage, including EV charging, on your Primary Service Account and rate.
- What is an EV submeter or a second meter?
An EV submeter can come in many forms and each service provider may have a different type of EV submetering equipment. It can come in the form of a traditional electricity meter, or built within an electric vehicle charging station.
- When does the pilot start and end?
The pilot runs for 15.5 months starting January 16, 2017 and ending on April 30, 2018. Participants can remain in the pilot for 12 billing cycles.