SmartCharge Rhode Island

The SmartCharge Rhode Island program is designed to help EV drivers reduce the cost of charging and enhance electric grid efficiency and resiliency – making electricity service more reliable.

Through FleetCarma’s interactive digital platform, you’re able to learn about your EV charging behavior by tracking your EV stats all while helping National Grid design and manage a more efficient electrical system.

How it works

Sign up

It’s quick and easy to register! We’ll ship a FleetCarma telematics C2 device right to your door at no cost.

Clip in

It takes just minutes to plug your free C2 device into your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) port.

Track your stats

It starts tracking your EV usage right away. View your stats in your personal portal.

SmartCharge Rhode Island

Leave your device clipped in until August 2021. You’ll receive financial rewards periodically and you’re helping National Grid improve system planning and EV charging across the state.

FleetCarma C2 Device

Why sign up for SmartCharge Rhode Island?

We’re on a mission to  provide a better charging experience for EV owners like you and to support grid efficiency efforts in Rhode Island.

Real-world charging data is critical for utilities to make informed decisions. To start, we’re asking 300 Rhode Island EV owners to help pave the way for world-class EV infrastructure by clipping in a FleetCarma C2 device until August 2021.

Clip in to learn more about your EV

Setup is quick and easy. Your free FleetCarma device plugs right into your EV’s onboard diagnostic (OBD) port or Tesla diagnostic connector to unlock powerful information about your EV usage.

Battery health
Understand your battery’s degradation of storage and power capacity over time

Charging by level
See the break down of charging from different charger levels

Ambient temperature
Gauge outside temperature during a trip or charge event

Trip data
View your electric miles driven carbon footprint and battery state of charge by trip

Auxiliary load
Find out how much energy you’re using on other systems such as heating, radio, and USB charging

GHG emissions
Calculate the amount of greenhouse gases you’ve helped reduce

Register for SmartCharge Rhode Island

Frequently asked questions

What is the point of the study?
With the approval of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, National Grid Rhode Island is partnering with FleetCarma to collect charging information for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) in the National Grid Rhode Island service territory. This information will help the RI PUC learn more about EV and PHEV impacts in our state while playing a vital role in helping National Grid prepare for the future adoption of more electric vehicles.  This will also inform strategies to reward EV driver to charge in their EVs at certain times of the day or year to reduce peaking electricity demand.

How will the program work?
Participants will install a small device in their vehicle that automatically collects and transmits vehicle information via a cellular connection.  Data collected are shared with participants in a personalized portal and will be used by FleetCarma and National Grid to understand EV charging impacts on the Rhode Island grid.

Am I eligible to participate?
Participants must be a National Grid customer who owns or leases a plug-in hybrid electric or battery-electric vehicle that is typically charged within the state of Rhode Island.

Where does the hardware device plugin?
The device is very easy to install, simply plugging into your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics (OBD II) port or Tesla diagnostics connector. The OBD II port is typically located below the steering wheel and is the same port mechanics plug into for diagnostic checks.

How will the device know where I am charging?
GPS determines to charge location. The GPS information is only collected when charging, not while driving.

When will I get the device?
If you are selected to participate, the device will be mailed to you and you will be notified regarding your acceptance to the program.

Can I remove the device?
The device should remain plugged in for the duration of the study. However, it is fine if your auto shop temporarily removes the device for diagnostic testing. Just be sure it is plugged back in afterward.

What should I do if I have an issue with the device?
If the device is lost or damaged, or if you have any questions, contact FleetCarma at

What is FleetCarma and SmartCharge Rewards?
FleetCarma is a connected car EV platform that allows organizations and individuals to gather useful data insights from electric vehicles while also rewarding EV drivers for participation in utility EV programs using the SmartCharge Rewards portal.

What is the study timeline?
Prospective participants can apply starting on April 1, 2019. National Grid expects to begin collecting data May 1, 2019, with the data collection period lasting until August 2021.

What will I get for participating?
In addition to helping National Grid learn more about EV and PHEV charging habits, you’ll receive a $50 reward once you have joined the program and data collection has started with at least one charge event recorded. You’ll also have access to your charging and driving data on the FleetCarma online portal, all at no cost, and will have additional opportunities to earn more financial rewards as you continue to participate in the program.

What information will National Grid collect?
Via the FleetCarma hardware device, National Grid will collect information about:

  • Charging session duration, energy consumption and location.
  • Trip duration, energy consumption and distance traveled.
  • Personal information such as name, email, vehicle type and home address.

Will my private information be protected?
Any personally identifiable information will not be made public or shared with any other organizations other than FleetCarma, National Grid or organizations contracted by the program administrators for the purpose of program delivery and evaluation. Read the FleetCarma Privacy Policy to learn more.

How many customers will be participating?
To start, National Grid is targeting 300 customers who own or lease EVs in the state of Rhode Island, and plan to expand over time.

When should I install the device?
The device must be installed within 10 days after delivery.

How do I tell if the device is working properly?
FleetCarma will notify you via email if the device is not communicating. In addition, there are also diagnostic lights on the device that you can view.