Con Edison Offers a New Start for Drivers Who Charge Smart
Con Edison Expands SmartCharge NY Availability; Company Encourages EV Ownership as Part of a Clean Energy Future
Con Edison has expanded the list of electric vehicles and model years eligible for its popular SmartCharge New York program, which provides vehicle owners with rewards for their charging.
(See the list of more than 60 model years and chargers eligible for SmartCharge NY by going to the FAQs page.)
The company and its new partner ev.energy have also added features to SmartCharge.
SmartCharge provides vehicle owners with rewards for enrolling and then charging their vehicles at times when the demand for power is not high. The demand for power peaks on summer afternoons.
“We urge EV owners who charge in the Con Edison and Orange & Rockland service areas to check out SmartCharge and the upgrades we made in response to customer feedback,” said Raghu Sudhakara, Con Edison’s vice president, Distributed Resource Integration. “We want to make it easier for drivers to switch to electric vehicles, which will play an integral role in creating the clean energy future New Yorkers want.”
“New York State has set ambitious targets to get more EVs on the road and ensure cleaner air for everyone,” said Joseph Vellone, Head of North America for ev.energy. “Con Edison and Orange & Rockland have taken a major step in helping the state meet its goals with their new SmartCharge New York program. We at ev.energy are honored to be partnering with them to deliver this program, and are looking forward to delivering a seamless and rewarding experience for New York’s EV drivers.”
The percentage of EVs in Con Edison’s service area enrolled in the program rose from 5 percent in 2017 to 24 percent in 2022.
Under the new version of the program, participants can earn the following incentives by charging in the Con Edison service area:
- A $25 enrollment reward per vehicle or charging station after three months of charging in the Con Edison service area. The three months do not have to be consecutive.
- 10 cents per kilowatt hour for charging between midnight and 8 a.m.
- $35 per vehicle or charging station per month from June to September for avoiding charging weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- An additional $35 per vehicle or charging station for avoiding any charging from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays from June through September.
Participants receive their cash back each month through their choice of Venmo or PayPal payments.
Drivers who avoid charging their vehicles at times when the demand for power is high help Con Edison keep service reliable for all customers at those times. It can help Con Edison manage the need for future grid buildout, reducing costs for all customers.
The incentives for those who charge in Orange & Rockland territory are slightly different.
Through ev.energy’s wireless technology, Con Edison and ev.energy collect charging data through each vehicle’s on-board telematics or charging station to determine the incentives each participant earns.
The data collected includes: the time when a participant charges, the amount of charging and where the charging took place.
Con Edison supports the transition from fossil fuel-powered vehicles to EVs as a strategy to help New York City and New York State meet their environmental goals.
The company worked with the New York City Department of Transportation to place 100 publicly available charging points on New York City curbs in the five boroughs.
Through its PowerReady program, Con Edison offers incentives for the installation of chargers.
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