RegGuheert wrote:It's also important to note that higher electricity prices tend to depress the plug-in market. While gasoline prices go up AND down, electricity prices tend to only go up. The exception to this rule is that many people can drop their per-kWh electricity price by installing photovoltaics on their roof (though the electricity is typically pre-paid).
My grid-sourced electricity has been up and then down for the past 5 years that I have been tracking (since I installed my solar panels).
Here are my average costs/kWh (includes an optional $0.015/kWh for "greenup", which most consumers do not choose - parenthesis are the "standard" rates):
2012 = $0.1211 ($0.1061)
2013 = $0.1267 ($0.1117)
2014 = $0.1375 ($0.1225)
2015 = $0.1219 ($0.1069)
2016 = $0.1130 ($0.0980)
Last year was actually the cheapest since I started watching them. The standard rate was below 10 cents / kWh.
All that said, I don't think the average consumer even knows what their electricity prices are. Before I had solar, I vaguely knew, but not to this precision. So how can an unknown factors affect PEV sales?