Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEV)

The Future of Transportation Starts in Your Driveway

We are committed to speeding the introduction and widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) to build a greener, more energy-efficient economy.

DTE Energy is excited to be part of the electrification of the transportation sector and has been working with automakers to provide that future for a long time. In fact, we’ve been involved in the development and use of electric-powered vehicles for over a century.

Rate Options

If you have an electric vehicle, you have options to determine the charging level and rate right for you. You can stay on your current Residential Rate Plan, enroll in one of two electric vehicle rate plans (shown below) or opt for the Whole House Time of Use Rate Plan.

Powering Electric Vehicles

Home Charging Stations
Never needing to pump gas is one of the great benefits of PEVs. Electric vehicle supply equipment installations, also known as charging stations, at your home must comply with local, state and national codes and regulations. Get all the details in our PEV Handbook.

Finding Charging Stations
PlugShare.com and ChargePoint.com are two online resources to locate charging stations whenever you travel.

Contact Us

DTE Energy is ready to help. Please contact us at pev@dteenergy.com

Learn More

With innovative technologies, expanded smart power grids and a wide array of electric vehicle introductions from manufacturers, the reality of electric vehicles is constantly evolving. To stay up to speed on the future of automotive transportation, check out the links below for the latest news and developments.

Plug-In America
Electric Drive Transportation Association
Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Data Center
ev World
hybrid cars.com
Electric Auto Association

PEV Rates

If you choose to purchase a Level 2 charger, you can take advantage of DTE Energy’s PEV Time of Use Rate or PEV Flat Rate. To qualify for a PEV rate, please complete the following steps:

  1. Pull the necessary permit(s) with your local municipality.
  2. Your approved Level 2 (220/240 volt) charging station must be installed according to National Electrical Code (NEC) 625.
  3. Install your Level 2 charger on a separate circuit connected to a separate meter enclosure.
  4. Arrange a city inspection with your local municipality.
  5. After passing city inspection, notify DTE’s PEV Team (at 313.235.7700 or email us) that you passed inspection and have received notification of approval.
  6. DTE will come out and install the PEV meter and put the charger on the Experimental D1.9 Electric Vehicle Rate.
  7. Enjoy your new plug-in electric vehicle and electric vehicle rate.

Under D1.9 Time of Use Rate, you will save at least 40 percent over D1 if you don't charge during on-peak hours, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday.
 

Rate Option 1: Time of Day Pricing

Full Service Customers
Power Supply Charges
Energy Charge:

  • 16.199¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) for all on-peak kWh
  • 4.050¢ per kWh for all off-peak kWh
  • On-peak hours: All kWh used between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • Off-peak hours: All other kWh used

Delivery Charges

  • Service charge: $1.95 per month
  • Distribution charge: 5.576¢ per kWh for all kWh

Surcharges and Credits

  • As approved by the Commission, see Sections C8.5 and C9.8
PEV Rate Option 2: Monthly Flat Fee (Residential Only)

Monthly Fee: $46.28 per month per vehicle.

Surcharges and Credits: Included in monthly flat rate.

The monthly flat rate option shall be limited to 250 customers. A statistically significant sample of the customers receiving the flat-fee option shall receive demand meters for purposes of analyzing charging patterns.
 

Whole House Time of Use Rate

Whether you invest in a Level 2 charger or use a Level 1 charger, you can take advantage of charging your electric vehicle during off-peak hours along with other household appliances under the Whole House Time of Use Rate (D1.2). With the Whole House Time of Use Rate, your electric vehicle charger can simply be installed as part of your house panel and there is no need to install a second meter.

Availability of service: Available on an optional basis to customers who desire time of day service for their residential dwelling. Customers who select this rate must qualify for the Residential Service Rate D1. This rate is available to no more than 20,000 customers per year.

Hours of service: 24 hours.

Full Service Customers
Power Supply Charges:
Energy Charge (June - October):

  • 13.163¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) for all on-peak kWh
  • 4.431¢ per kWh for all off-peak kWh

Energy Charge (November - May):

  • 11.120¢ per kWh for all on-peak kWh
  • 4.258¢ per kWh for all off-peak kWh
  • On-peak hours: All kWh used between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m, Monday - Friday
  • Off-peak hours: All other kWh used

Delivery Charges

  • Service charge: $7.50 per month
  • Distribution charge: 5.576¢ per kWh for all kWh

Surcharges and Credits

  • As approved by the Commission, see Sections C8.5 and C9.8
Residential Rates


Most electric vehicles come with a Level 1 charger. You can simply plug your electric vehicle into any standard 110 outlet using the included charger to charge your car. This method takes longer but does not require buying or installing a Level 2 240-volt charger.

If you prefer to charge using a Level 2 charger, you can install the charger to a 220 outlet and have the Level 2 charger installed as part of your house electrical panel.
 

Full Service Customers
Power Supply Charges:
Energy Charges

  • 8.035¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the first kWh per day
  • 9.599¢ per kWh for excess over 17 kWh per day

Delivery Charges

  • Service charge: $7.50 per month
  • Distribution charge: 5.576¢ per kWh for all kWh

Surcharges and Credits

  • As approved by the Commission, see Sections C8.5 and C9.8
  • Applies only to actual consumption and not to the minimum charge
About Plug-In Electric Vehicles

In the early 1900s, Detroit was the first American city to use electric taxicabs, many of which were charged curbside using Detroit Edison technology. As the American auto industry’s “hometown” utility, we’re a leader in strengthening five key areas identified by the Edison Electric Institute to promote PEVs to the driving public.

Infrastructure
Our electrical system has the capacity to meet the future demand of plug-in electric vehicles. Depending on when and where vehicles are charged, however, the distribution system in some neighborhoods may require upgrades, which we are planning now.

Customer Support
To provide our customers a seamless transition to electric transportation, we are working with key public and private stakeholders to streamline the process. This includes actively listening to our customers to understand their needs and expectations for charging their vehicles.

Education
DTE Energy and the Center for Automotive Research organized the first Business of Plugging In conference in Detroit. The event brought together stakeholders to share information on emerging technologies, impacts on the grid and infrastructure requirements needed to support plug-in electric transportation.

Incentives
DTE Energy offers competitive rates for plug-in electric vehicles. One incentive we offer is for off-peak charging. It encourages customers to charge their vehicles when there is extra capacity in the electricity supply, such as at night.

Utility Fleets
DTE Energy uses a number of hybrid electric vehicles in our daily operations. As we retire gas vehicles, we will increase the number of plug-in vehicles in our fleet.

 

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