SmartCharge New York: Get Paid To Charge Your EV
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.
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)
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 Amazon.com, 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.