Noble REMC aims to always be at the forefront of new technology, especially when it betters the lives of our members and the co-op.
That’s why we’re excited about the rise in electric vehicles: it gives us an opportunity to innovate and launch our new EV pilot program – Charge Ahead.
The program provides members who own electric vehicles the option to increase their energy efficiency, while also saving them money. (We also hope it will entice those who are on the fence about purchasing an EV to make the jump! Learn more about the benefits of EVs here.)
This is accomplished through the introduction of a time-of-use rate for members who sign up and “Charge Ahead” with us, which will provide a discounted rate for charging at certain times of the day. We hope this will encourage EV owners to charge their vehicle outside of our peak time from 5-8 p.m., when electricity is more expensive because of the higher amount of demand on our system. This will allow EV owners to save money, while also helping us to maintain the reliability of our grid.
As the program progresses, we’ll encourage feedback from participating members and analyze the data we collect from their usage information to adjust the program to be as beneficial as possible. We’ll also use it as an opportunity to educate the rest of our members about the benefits of electric vehicles, from their positive impact on the environment to their ease of use. (Did you see the FAQ on our recent bill insert?)
The technology behind EVs is changing fast, extending battery lives while bringing down costs for consumers. And as your local electric cooperative, we can’t help thinking about how EVs will impact energy use, and how we can stay ahead of the curve. We plan to be prepared when EVs make their mark in northeast Indiana.
For more information, watch our Ask the Energy Advisor videos, which dispel some EV myths, below, or please call our office at 800-933-7362 to speak with Energy Advisor Brian Hawk about Charge Ahead, because every mile matters.