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.

Sign up by August 2019 to ensure you receive the maximum reward.

How the program works

Help plan for the adoption of EVs. Participation is fast and easy.

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

You will be eligible to earn $50 for signing up, plus an additional $50 every year after your initial start date, through August 2021.

Why you should join

Join our mission to make EV charging in Rhode Island more reliable for everyone.

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.

FleetCarma C2 OBD-II Device

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.

Register for SmartCharge Rhode Island

Get started

Common questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 FleetCarma at

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.

Prospective participants can apply starting on June 1, 2019, with the data collection period lasting until August 2021.

In addition to helping National Grid learn more about EV and PHEV charging habits, you will be eligible to earn $50 for getting started and an additional $50 every year after your initial start date, through August 2021. Sign up by August 2019 to ensure you receive the maximum reward!

Via the FleetCarma hardware device, FleetCarma 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.

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.

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.

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.

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