Supposed to start sometime in 2017 for 4 years.I haven't seen anything yet. It's supposed to start sometime in 2017.
My Volt is set to charge between 7PM and 7AM using the programmable settings. I use 110V / 12A so if the car is at 0% charge or maybe has a little bit left its done or almost done by 7AM. If the free charging window were 1AM to 5AM then I could see myself upgrading to an L2 charger and setting that timing instead.I would certainly program my vehicles to those hours if it were an option. Currently in ONTARIO On Peak is $0.18 per kwh and off peak is $0.087 per kwh. I'd be ecstatic if there was a super-off peak rate of say $0.03 per kwh. But then there is the dreaded delivery, global adjust and taxes on those rates. It's still about 1/3 the cost of gasoline per kilometer, however...
We already pay, and pay quite heavily in Ontario with the highest residential rates in Canada .... so 4 years for free would be a big bonus. There is quite a bit of unrest over rising electricity prices and its likely going to be an election issue for the Premier of the province very soon .... but having said that, even with the yearly increases, the delivery and distribution fees and the removal of certain credits that used to be on the bill it is still cheaper than filling up with gas !Also for Ontario, it seems that there is a 4 year limit on the program based on the comment from Canehdian. Get people hooked then after 4 yrs start charging them. It will also condition people to charge after hours.
If you're curious, you can view real time (well, last hour) supply stats @ http://ieso.ca/en/power-data
Now I understand why they changed the name from Ontario Hydro...
It would have to be. Any other solution (dedicated meter, JuicePlug type hardware) would probably cost more than the electricity benefit. Better to just offer a 12am-4am super-off-peak (or similar profile) to existing TOU users.Both nuclear and coal are very slow to throttle and especially to restart a shut-down plant (as in maybe a day or more to restart, so to be avoided). If the region needs to pay to export capacity at night, it definitely makes sense to offer a free period at night. But available to everyone, not just EV owners.
Ontario's used to be, too, when we had the population of BC.BC's electricity is roughly 95% hydroelectric.