Florida Utility Offers Up To $1,000 Rebate On Purchased/Leased Plug-In Electric Vehicles

3 years ago by Mike Anthony 18

JEA Plug-in event.

JEA Plug-in event. More EVs = More Charging stations!

A northeastern Florida utility company, JEA, is offering a rebate (up to $1,000) for purchased or leased plug-in vehicle:

  • A $500 rebate for a plug-in vehicle with a battery size smaller than 15 kWh.
  • A $1,000 rebate for a plug-in vehicle with a 15 kWh or bigger battery size.

This available rebate is for those who have residency in the JEA service region.

The goal is to try and get more people in the region to buy or lease a plug-in vehicle. There are currently around 300 plug-in vehicles in the northeastern JEA region.

Check out the video below for more details.

Source: JEA.

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18 responses to "Florida Utility Offers Up To $1,000 Rebate On Purchased/Leased Plug-In Electric Vehicles"

  1. Ambulator says:

    It’s nice to see a utility trying to drum up business, instead of discouraging it like around here.

  2. Jesse Gurr says:

    My favorite part is about 1:30 where the little girl’s jaw dropped to the floor looking at the rear facing seats of the Model S. 😀

  3. Spec9 says:

    FINALLY! It is about time some utility get into the game of promoting EVs. All they do is whine about losing customers to solar PV but they’ve done nothing to increase revenues by incentivizing customers to get energy efficient EVs that will run on electricity!

    1. TimE says:

      Great to see a utility company offering a rebate – they’ve probably seen patterns from existing EV owners on charging demand overnight which helps them – get money on otherwise wasted power.

      As to your mention of Losing customers to Solar – they probably see a double edged sword on this – people who go EV are far more likely to next go Solar too!

      1. Ocean Railroader says:

        If someone lives in a muti family prosperity where they are land locked they might not be able to instal solar panels due to their roof being shared by six other families. Now if this muti family complex added three or four electric chargers in their parking lot then as a utility I would be water at the mouth. In fact if I where a power company and they had a row of power poles running though the property I would add some electric chargers to the bases of my power poles or streetlights to get the EV owners close to the tap.

        1. Spec9 says:

          Seriously. Utilities are the ones that should be spearheading the effort at getting EVSEs installed at all apartment complexes.

  4. bioburner says:

    Here in Virginia Dominion electric, the states dominate electric provider also offers an “Experimental” EV Plan. they will cut their price to 5c/kwh from 11c?kwh during their off peak time for all the electricity you use during that period and drop the demand charges altogether. Its an unbelievable deal.

    1. ct200h says:

      Go ahead and try to get Dominions EV rate plan. I had to explain it to dominion reps and engineers. they dont understand the cars, the plan , or how to install a “sub-meter” . they never called me back after requesting the plan and a workorder for meter installation.

      1. mike w says:

        Your right I didn’t see the part about adding the second meter. Adding the second meter and paying another “Customer service charge” makes this plan more expensive, my bad.
        https://www.dom.com/dominion-virginia-power/customer-service/rates-and-tariffs/pdf/vasch1ev.pdf

        1. Ocean Railroader says:

          I will just build a off grid solar system in that there is less paper work and I hate paper work.

      2. Phr3d says:

        But it’s coming though – you wire for a decent charge rate and your utility puts in a ‘sub-meter’ for you. You Must press a button to use it during centrally determined ‘peak’ times (at full price), else it only provides electricity (for your car) during off-peak so they charge you less but essentially profit from wasted base-load.

        Depending on what you are charged for the install (they -could- eat the entire cost, like with peak supply boxes that cut electricity on your AC when demand hits a peak summer load) they get a nice income instead of loss and you get a nice discount.

  5. ggpa says:

    I am curious where the $1000 comes from. Some grant perhaps?

    I say that because EVs cost pennies per mile to run. It would take the utility several years to just get $1000 in revenue from each EV, and if you factor in the cost of goods, it will take a loooong time to recover $1000.

    1. Spec9 says:

      Well . . . cars last 10+ years, so there is plenty of time to make back that incentive.

    2. mike w says:

      My guess would be that the $1000 comes from the electric company. Its an investment for them. They most likely figure that added profits from “Off Peak” electric sales will provide a payback in just a few years. Its actually a good idea.

  6. Robert says:

    When it costs about $2.50 to charge up a LEAF ($0.125 / kWh X 20 kWh’s), then it can be calculated that about 400 charges later, they will break even, which of course varies in time, depending on if users charge up once a day or once a week!

    For myself, most of the time, I could charge up once or twice a month! But, I could also walk to work in under 15 minutes!

    For many coworkers, they would need to charge up once or twice a day, at home and at work, unless they had a Tesla! At that rate, the power co. would get there investment back in extra $ of electricity delivered, in 1 – 2 years. As investments go, that’s not such a bad time frame!

    I have at least one coworker that would need to switch to the 85 kWh Tesla, to both make the daily commute, and get enough mileage in his warranty to cover his car for a full 8 years!

    1. mike w says:

      Yes they get their money back after say 400 battery charges on a Leaf. They probably figure that most EV owners like me charge at night off peak so their profit margin on that electricity is way higher. But otherwise YES it does sound like a GREAT investment for the electric company and I’m sure most EV owner like getting $1000 dollars worth of free electricity!!!!

    2. sven says:

      The utility won’t break even after 400 charges. Only if it cost the utility $0/kW to generate the electricity it sold you for 400 charges, giving them a 100% profit margin, will the utility break even. What’s the average profit margin for a kW of electricity sold by a utility?

      1. Spec9 says:

        Often at night, they have massive amounts of excess electricity that they are getting $0/KWH for. So if they give it away for a year or two followed by several years after of a paying customer . . . it is a great investment for them.