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Dominion launches electric car charging pilot program

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Dominion Virginia Power is moving ahead with a pilot program that would test whether electric car owners would recharge vehicles at off-peak hours in exchange for lower rates.

Under the program, drivers would pay about 43 cents to charge an electric vehicle overnight for a commute of 40 miles. It would cost 94 cents to recharge a car under the standard residential electric rate.
Customers can begin signing up for the program on Oct. 3.

Dominion believes that by 2010, 5 percent of all vehicle sales will be electric cars.

“We believe many of our customers will purchase electric vehicles, and they will recharge them at home,” said Kenneth D. Barker, vice president of Customer Solutions and Energy Conservation. “This pilot program will allow us to gauge the impact of [electric vehicles] on our system, from the power station to the house.”

The program is limited to a total of 1,500 participants who must be enrolled for at least a year. It will end Nov. 30, 2014.

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