I recently asked an acquaintance in the Atlanta, GA area what they liked the most about their Tesla EV. I was expecting to hear something about how quietly and quickly the vehicle could accelerate. So I was surprised when the answer I got was how much she enjoyed reading the newspaper while the car’s driverless capabilities automatically took her on the highway to work.
Yes, for the highway at least and the higher end Tesla models, driverless capabilities are now in use. My friend even said that when she happens to look up and see another Tesla on the highway, going in parallel driverlessly, they turn toward their car windows and wave at each other with both hands!
This prompted me to look at Georgia Power’s Get Current: Drive Electric program, which has a three-tier EV rate plan. Of interest is what I calculated upon reviewing Georgia Power’s tariffs for EV owners. The more detailed tariff shows a ratio of On-peak pricing per kWh to Super Off-peak is 14.6 to 1, yielding a great benefit for EV owners who restrict their vehicle charging at home to the 11pm to 7am—the 1.38 cents per kWh is equivalent to a price of 50 cents per gallon.
Another EV item of interest is the fact that a leader in EV Charging stations among investor-owned utilities is Kansas City Power & Light (KCPL), per this link: KCP&L Clean Charge Network
The KCPL Clean Charge Network consists of more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations — which KCPL is proud to point out is a higher number than any other U.S. city.