SmartCharge New York: Get Paid To Charge Your EV


EV owners that charge in the Con Edison service territory are now eligible to earn big savings through the SmartCharge New York program.

Charging an EV within the service territory of Con Edison in New York recently became a whole lot more rewarding. Thanks to a partnership between Con Edison and FleetCarma, EV owners can earn hundreds of dollars per year for participating.

The program is open to private EV owners as well as commercial fleets, and the owner does not have to be a customer of Con Edison, they simply need to charge their car in the Con Edison service area. This makes the program also available to those that may live in neighboring states, like New Jersey or Connecticut, and drive their EV to work in New York.

It’s really simple, an interested party signs up and they are sent a FleetCarma C2 connected device that plugs into the vehicle’s OBD port or diagnostic connector and collects driving and charging data. The owner then gets their own portal where they can log in and view their recorded data including driving efficiency, trip data, energy consumption and battery state of health.

Participants simply plug the FleetCarma C2 device into their On Board Data port or diagnostic connector

It’s free to join and participants can earn up to $400 per year in SmartCharge Rewards gift cards! Here’s how:

~ Earn $50 Just for joining.

~ Earn $5 every month for charging in the Con Edison service territory. ($60/year)

~ Earn a $20 bonus per month (June through September) for not charging during Summer peak hours. (2pm – 6pm weekdays) ($80 total)

~ Earn 5 cents per kWh for charging during Off-Peak hours (12:00am to 8:00am)

Ford Fusion Energi getting a boost

If the participant primarily charges in the Con Edison service area, and drives 15,000 miles per year, they can earn $214. Assuming an efficiency of 3.5 miles per kWh: (15,000/3.5 = 4,285 kWh) (4285 x .05 = $214)

~ Earn an additional $10 for filling out a survey.

Total: $50 + $60 + $80 + $214 + 10 = $414.00!

The SmartCharge Rewards gift cards received for participating are described on the SmartCharge Website as follows:

“SmartCharge RewardsTM are redeemed in the form of e-gift cards, allowing you to choose from assorted retailers like, Target, REI, The Home Depot, iTunes®, Starbucks, and Fandango to name a few.”

Granted, it may be difficult to charge exclusively during Off-Peak hours, but many people already do, and the opportunity to earn over $400 in rewards is there.

Given how relatively inexpensive it is to drive on electricity compared to gasoline (even with today’s historically low gas prices), a $400 per year savings would drastically reduce the vehicle’s overall operating expense.

If you’re interested in joining the program, or just want to read more about the details, follow this link to the SmartCharge New York Site.

The SmartCharge New York program was born from a collaboration between Con Edison and FleetCarma.

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Why are they doing that?

Because it’s cheaper than installing TOU metering and the utility gets the bonus of having all the “big data” to determine what steps they want to take as EVs proliferate.

That’s my guess anyway.

Part of the reason is demand-side management of power demand to avoid building $1.2+ billion dollar substations in some NYC neighborhoods. NYC is in the midst of one of the largest construction booms in its history, which is resulting in a large and sudden population growth and a surge in electricity demand that current substations will not be able to handle. Rezoning and upzoining (ie changing zoning from 1-3 family housing to now allow 20-story residential towers), historically low interest rates, the flood of money into real estate projects from China and Russia after the financial meltdown, and real estate investment vehicles that allow foreign nationals to receive green cards by investing $400,000 in real estate projects (marketed very heavily in China to wealthy Chinese nationals seeking U.S citizenship). Some critics/cynics believe that ConEd’s demand side power management program is a diabolical scheme by ConEd that will save New Yorker’s money for 10 years, then rates would sky rocket, based on ConEd’s own numbers and public filings. “So far from saving $1 billion, Brooklyn-Queens hooks New Yorkers for almost $1 billion in additional costs — most of it conventional utility investment. Technically, the program would save New Yorkers money… Read more »

ConEd has also recently unveiled a plan to have 1MW/4MWh mobile batteries in trailers that they will move from substation to substation based on the needs of its electrical network.

“. . . New York utility Consolidated Edison unveiled a ‘storage on demand’ project. Under the pilot, Con Ed will put 1 megawatt / 4 megawatt-hours of lithium-ion batteries into two trailers and move the units from substation to substation ‘based on the needs of its electrical network.’

Sven – you are ALREADY getting screwed through the rates you are charged – almost triple what upstaters are. Super on-peak tou rates are downright theft – they expect each customer to pay the CEO’s salary themselves. The few times I was in Brooklyn or Queens I was always impressed with how DUMB the distribution system is: 1). They put all the EXPENSIVE stuff – underground, where it is hugely expensive, like medium voltage lines, and Transformers. 2). They put all the dirt-cheap stuff like 125V/216 volt lines to houses OVERHEAD, where it is just as cheap to put all that crap underground. So many streets still have the ‘eyesore’ of overhead wiring, plus the HUGE EXPENSE of effectively putting 98% of the infrastructure underground! But even that idiocy doesn’t explain why something should cost triple what I pay. Yes I know a higher percentage of power is high cost nuclear and oil, but the more densely populated nature of B-Q-B should REDUCE costs, not increase them. But then other areas of the country tolerate this also – but in my mind its only justified in places like Alaska and Hawaii, and possibly Puerto Rico – but I’m sure you’ve… Read more »

er…. Desperation.

Bill a bit less snark, you are the despart one.

You can’t argue facts, you just make snide remarks. The prices ConEd charges are publicized for all to see – as verified by SVEN’s comments in the past since he lives there.

What’s the fee for charging in CONEd?

The fee is pretty steep: living in NYC. 😉

GM explicitly says don’t plug things into your OBD-II port in the Bolt manual

I think the money for charging at night should just be implemented as cheaper electricity.

That’s what it is. It’s easier to give you a gift card ‘rebate’ than to program an entirely new scheme plus the controlling hardware/software into their grid. i.e. let’s say their electric rate is 12 cents per kwh off peak. They still are going to charge you the 12 cents but they are going to give you a gift card/coupon or whatever for 5 cents so your net is 7. This is just a technically simpler way for them to do all this….and cheaper. It’s effectively the same as controlling your hot water heater but done differently.

And the very simple reason they are offering it, is that they are in the business of selling electricity. They get to sell you more electricity….it’s just a rebate on that electricity to help them manage costs and increase their profit margin on said electricity they sell you.

That’s not what it is. If it were implemented as cheaper electricity the savings would go to the purchaser of the electricity. In this case it is going to the owner of the car. If the car owner is charging at a place other than their own garage these two things are not the same.

I think the money for charging at night should be implemented as cheaper electricity.

The “don’t plug your things in” is likely referencing all the aftermarket items that people use to pull LOTS of data, not something very directed like this.

The don’t plug in is referring to anything GM didn’t make. Why would you think this one thing would be treated any differently?

The issue is that these devices can interfere with communications on the CAN bus in the car. And that includes this device.

They’d just rather have you go to the Chevy dealer and fork over some money whenever the check engine light comes on, rather than plug in your own device to determine it was false alarm again (or it’s something you can fix easily.)

I’ve never had a problem on my EV related to the check engine light that I could fix easily.

I’m pretty good with ICEs but there isn’t that much to self-fix on EVs. Nothing big enough to put on the check engine light at least.

It would be great if GM would integrate this kind of capability into the car. Or maybe it could be done as an app with android auto/CarPlay?

They added that warning because of people using aftermarket DashDAQ equipment to sniff too much data off the bus, causing issues.

This device would never cause a problem.

Of course, yes they just say not to plug anything in. Why would they trust the average consumer to understand data bandwidth limitations?

I think they have excess electricity especially during off peak hours.

For the record, Con Ed off-peak hours are Midnight to 8:00am. I wouldn’t be surprised if Con Ed reduced the number of off-peak hours in a day even further.

The location data part is what would concern me. Who has access to the data?

Not going all tinfoil hat here.

They don’t need the car for that they can do it through your cell phone…so relax, they already know everything.

This logic always confuses me.

If you discover one peeping Tom looking in your window, do you not mind when they set up a camera and livestream the view? Because you are basically saying one party doing something wrong means we should be ok with inifinite parties doing the same wrong thing.

I won’t be plugging anything into my OBD ports. Risk (not just privacy aspects) is simply not worth the reward.