SmartCharge PGE

SmartCharge PGE is a pilot program which will help us better understand how to optimize the power grid for increased adoption of EVs, while keeping charging costs low for electric vehicle drivers.

Registration for this program is now closed, but if you have any questions, please contact!

Get involved, help promote the adoption of electric vehicles.

Get rewarded for charging smarter and help Portland General Electric (PGE) plan for the adoption of more EVs.

2. Connect

Installation after receiving your connected car device takes a few minutes and you're ready to go.

3. Track your stats

Start logging your driving and charging after plugging in. View your stats in your personal online portal.

4. Get rewarded

You're ready to go. Start earning rewards and track stats for driving and charging your EV.

Sign Up and Plug-in to Get Rewards

We’re on a mission to provide a better driving and charging experience for EV owners like you. Real world charging data will help Portland General Electric plan and manage the electric grid to ensure charging electric vehicles stays reliable for all PGE customers. Join fellow EV owners in helping pave the way for an electric future by signing up and participating in SmartCharge PGE today.

In addition to helping PGE learn more about EV adoption in the region, you will be eligible to earn a minimum of $100 for your participation, and can potentially earn up to $800 over the course of the program.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at

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

Learn About Your EV by Participating

Setup is quick and easy. Your free connected car device plugs right into your EV’s on-board 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.

Ready to go? Sign up for SmartCharge PGE

Let's go!

Common Questions

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.

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 PGE to understand EV charging impacts on the grid.

If you have any specific questions, please contact us at

You are eligible if you own or lease a plug-in electric vehicle (either a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or battery electric vehicle), and you are a PGE customer that typically charges your vehicle in-territory.

A conventional hybrid operates only on gasoline. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle can be connected to an external electric source to charge its battery. If your vehicle can be plugged in, you may be eligible to join the SmartCharge PGE program.

Get Started 

  • You’ll earn $100 in rewards for every approved vehicle when you install, activate your device(s) and complete the first charge session in the PGE service territory. So please be sure to include all of your electric vehicles in the application to ensure you receive the maximum reward!

Keep Going  

  • By keeping the device installed and charging in the PGE service area, you will earn an additional $10 for every month after your initial start date. 1 kWh is considered the minimum for a “charge” event.
  • There may be future opportunities to earn additional incentives throughout the program.

Yes! Simply indicate the number of vehicles you wish to register for the program in your application.

The C2 is a connected car device that was developed by FleetCarma to give electric vehicle drivers access to a wealth of information about their cars like driving efficiency, battery health, and more. It makes EV data access easy, comparable, and shareable.

The C2 gathers data directly from your vehicle’s internal systems, processes it, and makes it available to you via a mobile-friendly dashboard called SmartCharge Rewards.

For a glossary of terms related to EVs, C2 technology, and charging, please refer to

The device is very easy to install, simply plugging into your vehicle’s on-board 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.

Instructions can be found at, as well as mailed with your C2.

If you still have questions, please contact or call 1-800-975-2434. Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 5am- 2pm PST (8am – 5pm EST).

No problem! Send us an email at and we can send you a free y-cable so that you can have both devices connected.

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.

Prospective participants can apply starting on September 1st, 2020, with the data collection period lasting until December 2022.

Qualified participants will be able to redeem rewards for cash deposits into a PayPal account on a monthly basis. Setup your PayPal account here.

If you do not want to use PayPal,  you will receive an Amazon card for the full amount of rewards earned at the end of the year.

Via the C2 hardware device, FleetCarma will collect information about:

  • Charging session duration, energy consumption and location.
  • GPS charging location coordinates will be used to determine how much charging is occurring within the PGE service territory. We only collect GPS information when you are charging, not when you are driving.
  • Trip duration, energy consumption and distance traveled.
  • Personal information such as name, email, vehicle type and home address.

If you move out of state, sell your EV or simply wish to no longer participate in the program, please notify FleetCarma Support by email to end your participation in the program and for instructions on how to return your C2 device if you have not yet activated it.