Preparing for a plug-in future

LES is preparing for a future with more electric vehicles, and with our new study, you can help us gain insight into customer charging behaviors. From when and where you charge to how much energy is consumed during charging sessions, you’ll help us ensure that our power system is ready for more EV drivers.

Applications for the program have now closed. Thank you to everyone who enrolled! To be notified of new programs in your area, sign up for early access.

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How the program works

To join the study, you must be a LES customer who, for a majority of the year, drives an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle in the Lincoln area.

2. Connect

You’ll receive a C2 device which clips into your EV. It’s like a fitness monitor for your car.

3. Charge

Drive and charge as normal. There’s nothing to fill out or report on.

4. Thank You

Stay plugged in for the full two-year program.

Why sign up for the study?

If you participate in this two-year study, you will be provided with an easy-to-install module and free use of a special customer web-portal. The portal will provide you with real-time access to your vehicle’s energy consumption, battery health, and various other helpful data. All data collected during the study will be anonymized and held in strict confidence.

As an incentive, all participants will receive a $25 bill credit once data collection has begun and another $25 bill credit upon returning the module at the study’s conclusion.

FleetCarma C2 connected car OBD-II device
SmartCharge Rewards charging dashboard accessed on telephone

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.

Download your stats
Keep records and share your vehicle’s stats with friends and family.

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

Ambient temperature
Gauge outside temperature during a trip or charge event.

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

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.

Common questions

LES is partnering with FleetCarma to collect charging information for Electric Vehicles (EV) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) in the LES service territory. This information will help LES learn more about EV and PHEV impacts in our city and climate while playing a vital role in helping LES prepare for the future adoption of more electric vehicles.

Participants will install a small device in their vehicle that automatically collects and transmits vehicle information via a cellular connection.

Participants must be an LES customer who own or lease a plug-in hybrid electric or battery-electric vehicle that is typically charged within LES’ service territory.

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.

GPS determines charging location. GPS information is only collected when charging, not while driving.

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.

If the device is lost or damaged, or if you have any questions, contact LES at ev@les.com.

FleetCarma is a connected car platform that allows organizations and individuals to effectively monitor electric vehicles.

Prospective participants can apply starting on Aug. 1, 2018. LES expects to begin collecting data Nov. 1, 2018, with the data collection period lasting two years.

In addition to helping LES learn more about EV and PHEV charging habits, you’ll receive a $25 credit on your bill once data collection commences and then another $25 credit when you return the hardware device to LES at the end of the study. You’ll also have access to your charging and driving data on the FleetCarma online portal, all at no cost.

Via the FleetCarma hardware device, LES will collect information about:

  • Charging session duration, energy consumption, and location.
  • Trip duration, energy consumption, and distance traveled.

All data will be used only by LES and FleetCarma for the purposes of running this program. Any personally identifiable information will not be made public or shared with any other organizations, and all data will be anonymized by FleetCarma before being turned over to LES. Read the FleetCarma Privacy Policy to learn more.

Although the actual number of participants is flexible, LES is ideally targeting 50 customers.

The device must be installed within 10 days after delivery.

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.

Join our study, and you’ll help us learn how we can make our community ready for a future with more electric vehicles in the Lincoln area.

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