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SmartCharge PG&E

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Enroll

Registration is easy. After acceptance we'll ship a connected car device to you for installation.

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Install

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

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Track your stats

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

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Get Rewards

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

Get Enrolled

The first step in your journey with SmartCharge Rewards is to find the program in your area and enroll online for free. Once you have been accepted you will receive a confirmation email and will be shipped a connected car device along with further instructions.

Program description

Get Installed

Once you receive your connected car device, just follow the easy-to-understand installation and activation instructions. It’s a simple process and you should be up and running in minutes!

Get Charging

Setup is quick and easy. Create your SmartCharge account and connect your Tesla vehicle to unlock powerful information about your EV usage.

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 Pacific Gas and Electric Company plan and manage the electric grid to ensure charging electric vehicles stays reliable for all PG&E customers.

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Charging at home is very convenient and I am willing to do it off hours if it saves money and reduces strain on the grid.

Owner of a long-range BEV from New York
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The SmartCharge Rewards program is an excellent way to encourage EV use.

A new EV owner that decided to drive electric to save on costs.
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It’s great to get rebates from the SmartCharge program and also know I’m doing my part to decrease peak loads on the system.

EV owner who has been driving an electric vehicle for 2-3 years
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It’s great to get rebates from the SmartCharge program and also know I’m doing my part to decrease peak loads on the system.

EV owner who has been driving an electric vehicle for 2-3 years

SmartCharge Rewards 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 SmartCharge Rewards.

Participants will create an account and authenticate their Tesla vehicle. Participants will be notified of demand response events throughout the study via email. During these demand response events charging will be curtailed for all vehicles which have not opted out. Data collected are shared with participants in a personalized portal and will be used by SmartCharge Rewards and PG&E to understand EV charging impacts on the grid.

You are eligible if you own or lease a Tesla vehicle, are a PG&E customer and have completed the pre-qualification survey from Opinion Dynamics.

Get Started

● You’ll earn $50 for creating an account and connecting your Tesla vehicle.

Keep Going

● Earn an additional $50 upon completion of the study.
● Rewards are paid on the 15th of the month via PayPal. Setup your PayPal account here.
● If you do not want to use PayPal, you may opt for an Amazon card for the full amount of rewards earned at the end of the study.

The Tesla account username and password is used to obtain an access token. In order to ensure your information is secure, these credentials are never stored. The access token is encrypted using industry standards in transit and before storage on disk. These tokens can only be decrypted for Tesla API read-only operations by automated processes inside SmartCharge Rewards network.

This study is limited to one vehicle per participant.

The study will run from June to the beginning of October.

SmartCharge Rewards will email you 24hrs before the event with the date and time of the event.

The Tesla account username and password is used to obtain an access token. In order to ensure your information is secure, these credentials are never stored. The access token is encrypted using industry standards in transit and before storage on disk. These tokens can only be decrypted for Tesla API read-only operations by automated processes inside SmartCharge Rewards network.

To opt out of curtailment during a demand response event, simply activate charging on your Tesla mobile app after the event has begun. Alternatively, you can unplug and then plug your vehicle back in after the start of the event.

Please ensure you have mobile access enabled on the Tesla vehicle you wish to connect to your SmartCharge Rewards account. This can be completed in your vehicle under Controls > Safety & Security > Allow Mobile Access.

If you have logged in with the wrong username or password multiple times while attempting to connect to your tesla account, your account may have become locked. Please visit https://www.tesla.com/teslaaccount and reset your Tesla account password. Once this is reset, please login to your SmartCharge Rewards account and connect to your Tesla account.

If you have changed your Tesla account credentials, the connection to your vehicle and the SmartCharge program will no longer exist. To reset this connection, login to your SmartCharge account. You will be prompted to re-enter your Tesla account credentials to reconnect.

  • Your charging – charging state and end date and time, charging power (kW), charging energy (kWh), GPS coordinates or address of where the charging session occurred.
  • GPS charging location coordinates will be used to determine how much charging is occurring within the PG&E service territory. We only collect GPS information when you are charging, not when you are driving.
  • Personal information such as name, email, vehicle type, VIN and home address.

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