BMW i3 owners in the Bay Area are getting $1,000 not to charge at peak hours

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Up to 100 BMW i3 owners in the San Francisco area are being offered $1,000 to hold off on charging during hours when the electricity grid is stressed the most. The 18-month trial, which is being run by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric Company, started this week. It was originally announced at this year’s CES.

The process sounds simple, according to a customer who spoke to Bloomberg. “My understanding is that we’ll get a text message that says, ‘Hey, you’re charging your car right now, can you back off for an hour?’” BMW customer Peter Berman told the publication.

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The chosen customers will also be eligible for an additional bonus of up to $540 at the end of the program, but that amount “will be…

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