jborchel wrote:Can anyone tell me their experience with their electricity bill after owning a Leaf. Was the monthly increase less than your former gas bill? If so, how much.
What someone tells you may not apply to you at all. We could be off by a factor of 4 or more on the former.
Can you please point us to the rate schedule for your electric provider and what tiers you typically hit (if on a tiered plan)? Can you also provide us a typical month in terms of usage in kWh and the total cost for the electric portion?
For example, someone on E-1 in PG&E land (page 1 of https://www.pge.com/tariffs/tm2/pdf/ELEC_SCHEDS_E-1.pdf
) will certainly get pushed into tier 3 by that kind of usage and charging at home exclusively. Some or all of that EV charging while on that plan would be 40.337 cents/kWh. If one assumes 3.5 miles/kWh (coming out of the wall, to help account for charging losses), it's about 11.52 cents/mile at that crazy high rate.
In comparison, these two places have cheap electricity:
- city of Santa Clara, CA only
PG&E serves much/most (?) of Nor Cal but not Santa Clara! I am in PG&E-land.
$3.70 / 23 = ~16 cents mile
(For comparison, my 06 Prius, I can average typically 44 to 50 mpg... I need to be doing mostly longer drives and keeping my speed below 70 mph to get 50 mpg on tank. $3.70 / 44 = ~8.4 cents/mile.)
My electric bill has gone up almost 0 because almost all of my charging is done for free at work. I also often use free level 2 charging on weekends. It's about 5 miles from home and on the way home from work and many places. Very little of my charging in a given year is done at home. I'd guess less than 100 kWh in a whole year.
jborchel wrote:I am considering buying or leasing a 2018 Leaf.
Can this be programmed so that when you charge overnight it will not exceed 80%?
Not on the car side. The feature on the car to limit charging to 80% was removed from US models starting with model year 2014.