We previously reported on several reward programs for electric vehicles owners charging during off-peak hours, like BMW’s program in California and the Netherlands is trying to make it a nationwide standard for EVs, but now we learn of a new program that appears to be significantly more generous than those two.
Con Edison, an electric utility operating in New York City and Westchester County, will pay “5 cents in rewards for each kilowatt-hour of charging during off-peak hours.”
Most EV owners already try to charge during off-peak hours if they are on a time-based variable rate program, but now not only they will be able to save money with lower rates, they will be further compensated through what Con Edison, in partnership with FleetCarma, is calling “SmartCharge New York”.
The program is open to all EV owners, both residential and fleet, that charge in the Con Edison service territory, and the rewards, which can be redeemed for “an assortment of e-gift cards, digital pre-paid cards, and nonprofit donations”, can vary between $5 to $25 per month on top of 5 cents per kWh.
Here are the details of the reward system:
When signing up, EV owners get an additional $50 in SmartCharge Rewards, but they also have to share valuable information about their charging habits by participating in the program. They 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.”
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EV owners will also get access to that information through Fleetcarma’s portal, which includes driving efficiency, charging habit, trip data, battery health information and more. If you live in New York City or Westchester County and you have an EV, you can apply here.