Con Edison and FleetCarma, a company that specializes in electric vehicle technology solutions, are appealing to EV owners to participate in a programme called SmartCharge New York that will pay EV owners to charge their vehicles at times when demand for power is not highest.
The utility is offering participants e-gift card rewards and get valuable information about their charging habits by participating in a new Con Edison programme.
Matthew Ketschke, Con Edison's vice president, Distributed Resource Integration, said: "We expect the number of electric vehicles to increase the next few years as drivers realize the economic and environmental benefits.
"We see EVs as another technology that is helping us build a cleaner, more efficient energy future in which customers have access to the choices they want."
FleetCarma provides an online portal through which EV owners can access data on their driving energy efficiency, carbon footprint, battery health and more. EV owners will also be able to track rewards earned and share and compare experiences with an online community of EV drivers.
The SmartCharge programme is open to all EV owners, both residential and fleet, that charge in the Con Edison service territory. Con Edison says that it is not necessary to be a Con Ed customer and an EV owner can enroll more than one vehicle in the programme.
Each programme participant will get a free cellular-enabled, FleetCarma C2 connected device that plugs into the on-board diagnostic port or connector of the vehicle and collects charging and driving data. EV owners will be able to see their information via the online portal.
By simply enrolling in the programme, EV owners will earn $50 in SmartCharge Rewards. The owner will then get $5 in rewards in each month that they charge in the Con Edison service territory.
An EV owner will earn 5 cents in rewards for each kilowatt hour of charging during off-peak hours. Off-peak hours are from midnight to 8 a.m.
From June to September, an EV owner may earn an additional $20 a month for not charging between 2 pm to 6 pm weekdays.
SmartCharge Rewards can be redeemed for an assortment of e-gift cards, digital pre-paid cards, and nonprofit donations.
Con Edison's goal is to gather insights on how the growing popularity of EVs will impact its electric-delivery system and use that information to help guide investments in its system and maintain reliability.
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