JEA is launching incentives for electric vehicles that could shape charging habits
Next month, JEA is launching an EV driver incentive program that could cover the electricity bills required to drive up to 2,000 or more miles per year.
With more electric and plug-in hybrid models appearing in showrooms, JEA is preparing for the extra load that electric vehicles will put on the grid by encouraging drivers to charge at night in exchange for a discount based on the Number of kilowatts for each vehicle.
Most electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids have built-in software and apps that allow the owner to automatically start and stop charging at specific times during the night.
No special equipment is required to participate in the discount program as JEA can automatically determine when plug-in vehicles are being charged.
According to JEA spokeswoman Karen McAllister, chargers for electric vehicles generate a unique “load signature” that appears in the measurement data.
“As long as this signature is displayed, the customer is entitled to the discount outside of peak hours. If the top-up is done during peak hours, the customer will be reminded of their obligation before they lose the incentive, ”said McAllister.
The program applies to all electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles, according to JEA’s Drive Electric website.
JEA pays customers who use the program $ 7 per month, paid quarterly, resulting in a savings of $ 84 per year.
To qualify, customers are only allowed to charge their vehicles Monday through Friday between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. You can always top up on weekends to qualify.
Electric vehicle sales have grown rapidly as more and more models like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, and others hit the market.
EV industry website Electrek reported that EV sales in the US hit 53,779 units in May, up 19.2% from April 2021 and up 329% year over year.
Owners of plug-in vehicles who are JEA customers and are interested in participating in the discount program can register here.
Electric vehicle owners can also qualify for a government tax credit of up to $ 1,000 for installing electric chargers in their home. Here is the IRS form to apply.
In addition, some plug-in vehicles offer a tax credit of up to $ 7,500. The amount of credit depends on the size of the vehicle battery.
New plug-in vehicles from manufacturers who have already built more than 200,000 EVs – such as General Motors and Tesla – are no longer eligible for the loan. Used vehicles are also not qualified.
It is also important for EV buyers to note that tax credits are not the same as discounts. Depending on your tax situation, you may not be able to take advantage of an available loan.
For more information on a government plug-in vehicle tax credit, please visit this IRS page.
JEA also offers free advice to EV owners on finding an electrician to install charging stations, navigating chargers, and more.