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When you charge matters

It’s better for the environment and electrical grid if you charge your electric vehicle when overall demand for electricity is lowest: in the middle of the day or overnight.

Here’s why:

  • By charging your vehicle when electricity consumption is at its lowest, you help reduce the need for additional grid capacity, potentially coming from power plants fueled by nonrenewable sources.
  • On the other hand, by charging in the middle of the day or overnight your electricity is more likely to come from renewable energy sources. That’s because solar power is at its peak midday and wind power is strongest at night.

The best times to charge your electric vehicle

Weekdays: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m, 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Weekends: Anytime!

  • Does PSE offer a discount for charging during certain hours?

    While we don’t offer discounts for charging your electric vehicle during certain hours, we’re exploring different methods and incentives around EV charging.

  • How can I schedule charging ahead of time?

    Check your vehicle’s operating manual to see if there’s a built-in charging timer in your vehicle’s computer system. Many electric vehicles allow you to set charging times via the dashboard or entertainment console. If you have a smart charger at home, you can also schedule your charging via the charger’s app or web portal.

  • When should I charge my electric vehicle?

    For most households, it’s easiest to schedule your charging to begin after 10 p.m. so your battery is ready to go the next morning. If you charge during the middle of the day, start charging at 11 a.m. and avoid charging after 5 p.m.

Did you know?

You don’t have to be a night owl to start charging in the middle of the night. Many companies now offer smart chargers with the ability to schedule charging hours ahead of time from the convenience of your mobile device or tablet.