Time of Use & Location-Based Pricing

Beginning September 16, 2021, EVgo will pilot new Time of Use (TOU) & Location-Based pricing in California.

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How Time of Use Pricing Works

Because electricity costs vary throughout the day, and because EVgo’s network sees various levels of congestion throughout the day and week, customers in California will see Time of Use, or TOU pricing. This means customers will see lower prices during Early Bird Hours (12am-8am) and Off-Peak Hours (8am-4pm and 9pm-12am), and they will see higher prices during On-Peak Hours (4pm-9pm). EVgo’s TOU pricing pilot will only be available in California and may expand to additional states based on learnings.

Why Do Electricity Costs Vary Throughout the Day?

Electricity costs vary throughout the day because the availability of lower cost renewable energy sources (like solar and wind) also vary throughout the day. In the daytime, when solar energy is plentiful, electricity prices are lower (during Off-Peak Hours). In the evenings, when solar energy is no longer available, and electricity demand is higher, prices are higher (during On-Peak Hours). These On-Peak hours are when there is the most strain on the grid and when the California ISO is most likely to call a Flex Alert (or a voluntary call for energy conservation). While electricity rates are an important consideration in EVgo’s TOU pricing pilot, EVgo also considered congestion on its network in assessing its pilot to improve customer experience.

What Will This Mean for Me?

By transitioning to TOU pricing, EVgo will join California's statewide initiative to encourage energy conservation during On-Peak Hours (when electricity demand is higher, and the availability of renewable energy is lower). Because most EVgo customers already charge during the day, while shopping, going to the grocery store, or running errands, many EVgo customers will see EVgo’s lowest rates. With the transition to TOU pricing, we hope to encourage drivers who charge during On-Peak Hours to charge during daytime hours, when renewable energy generation is more plentiful.

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Location-Based Pricing in San Francisco and Los Angeles

EVgo will pilot location-based pricing in select metro areas in California.

What Is Location-Based Pricing?

Location-based pricing means that chargers with higher congestion and higher costs (whether from rate design, rent, or other factors) will see higher prices, while chargers with lower congestion and lower costs will see lower prices. Also, lower-income and environmentally impacted communities will see lower prices as part of EVgo's commitment to environmental justice and Electric for All mission.

How Will Location-Based Pricing Work?

Location-based pricing sets three tiers of pricing—High, Medium, and Low—for select stations in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Tiers are based on the CalEnviroScreen, EV traffic and local installation, and ongoing property costs. CalEnviroScreen is a screening methodology that can be used to help identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution. This pilot will combine time-of-use and location-based pricing to, as an example, incentivize off-peak charging in lower-traffic and higher polluted areas. This pilot will also give valuable insight into EVgo's network planning tools for providing convenient, affordable charging and enhancing equitable access across the network.

Location-Based Pricing Maps

EVgo fast chargers mapped by tier in Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Southern California.

Los Angeles County

EVgo's fast chargers mapped by tier (High, Medium, Low)
Stations are designated as High, Medium, Low based on the environmental justice considerations using the CalEnviroScreen, EV traffic and local installation, and ongoing property costs.
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San Francisco Bay Area

EVgo's fast chargers mapped by tier (High, Medium, Low)
Stations are designated as High, Medium, Low based on the environmental justice considerations using the CalEnviroScreen, EV traffic and local installation, and ongoing property costs.
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Southern California

EVgo's fast chargers mapped by tier (High, Medium, Low)
Stations are designated as High, Medium, Low based on the environmental justice considerations using the CalEnviroScreen, EV traffic and local installation, and ongoing property costs.
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What's Next?

While the TOU and location-based pricing pilot will only be in California today, data from this pilot will help inform how EVgo implements innovative pricing in other markets in the future.

For more information on our pricing plans, please visit our new plans page.