MARIETTA, Ga., April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cobb EMC is now offering consumers free overnight home charging for electric vehicles, an unprecedented move to increase electric vehicle (EV) adoption in northwest metro Atlanta, a city long known for heavy commuter traffic. The utility's revolutionary NiteFlex rate, which offers consumers up to 400 kWh a month at no cost from midnight to 6 a.m., reduces EV charging costs and makes commutes cleaner and more affordable.
"We're proud to be the first in the nation to offer consumers free overnight home charging for electric vehicles," said Peter Heintzelman, president and CEO of Cobb EMC. "We've invested significant resources into market research to better align our rates with the lifestyle our consumers want and the affordable and flexible commutes they need, all at a price that makes sense for everybody."
Ideal for EV owners, NiteFlex, also offers benefit to all of the utility's consumers who want to save money by shifting high energy use to later hours. With the opportunity to also benefit from lower rates during times of day when demand on the electric grid is at its lowest, NiteFlex also supports the adoption of smart appliances – a category forecasted to grow 36 percent by 2023 according to FutureSource Consulting, creating more functional, economical and energy-efficient homes.
"EVs have gone mainstream – more than 100 plug-in models will be on the market by 2020," said Heintzelman. "We'll continue to see more on roadways now that huge leaps in battery technology have made range anxiety and affordability non-issues. Locally, we'll continue the momentum by installing charging stations on our corporate campus, replacing retired fleet vehicles with EVs, offering mobile car shows and test drives for our consumers and helping facilitate workplace and public charging."
To learn more visit www.cobbemc.com/ev.
About Cobb EMC
Cobb EMC is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative. The company safely delivers reliable electricity to nearly 200,000 residential and commercial consumers in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, and Paulding counties. Cobb EMC is consistently recognized for competitive rates, commitment to renewable energy and giving back to the communities it serves. Cobb EMC is one of the largest EMCs in the nation, and the company's wholly-owned subsidiary Gas South is a leading provider of natural gas in the Southeast. For more information, visit www.cobbemc.com.
SOURCE Cobb EMC