Eligible employees include full-time and part-time National Grid U.S. management and represented employees who work more than 20 hours per week. Employees working less than 20 hours per week and temporary or seasonal employees will not be eligible to participate in the program at this time. There is no waiting period for eligible new hires. Participation can begin as soon as practical after date of hire.
Yes. Union employees became eligible for the program incentives on April 1, 2020. You must meet all other eligibility criteria in order to be eligible for the incentives. (See "Who is eligible for the EV Central program incentives?" above.)
This incentive is available for new eligible purchases or leases through March 19th, 2023. Incentives will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis until program funds are depleted. Note that incentive levels, and the technologies eligible for incentives, are subject to change based on program participation, program objectives, etc. In particular, incentive levels and eligible technologies could change between FY22 and FY23 (i.e. after April 1, 2022).
After completing the three required actions to unlock the incentive, employees must submit an application form (found here) and attach a copy of the signed and executed sale or lease contract, with an itemization of credits, discounts and incentives received (if applicable). For vehicles, employees may also submit a certification of registration.
After completing the three required actions to unlock the incentive, employees must submit an application form (found here) and attach a copy of the proof of purchase or lease. In the case of solar, storage, and heat pumps, evidence that the system has been installed and is operational must be submitted.
No. Only vehicles that plug in to charge qualify for the EV incentive; therefore, standard hybrids do not qualify. However, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) qualify for the incentive.
You do not need to remain employed at National Grid for any length of time in order to receive the program incentives. However, in order to be eligible for the them, you must be a current National Grid employee (1) at the time of purchase or lease of the technologies and (2) when you submit your application. Reimbursement will be provided within three months of submitting the appropriate paperwork.
No, the incentive is only available for newly acquired EVs or smart home technology purchased or leased within the last 30 days and prior to the program end date. See "How long will the program incentives be available?" for program end date.
No, unfortunately this is only for EVs or smart home technology purchased or leased after the program was initiated on April 1, 2018 and prior to the program end date. See "How long will the program incentives be available?" for program end date.
Union employees must have installed, purchased, or leased the technology after April 1, 2020, which is the date at which represented employees officially became eligible.
The goal of the program is to incentivize employees to acquire clean energy technologies. Therefore, although we understand that a vehicle may sometimes be shared with family members and friends, the vehicle should be for the employee's primary use.
Unfortunately, we are unable to reserve funds ahead of time. If and when we start to become concerned that funds are depleting, we will seek to communicate that fact on the website and through National Grid internal communications channels.
To apply for the incentives, you will need to complete 3 steps and submit your proof of purchase or lease agreement. Visit the GET STARTED page on EV Central for more details and step by step instructions.
Incentives are processed toward the end of each calendar month. You will contacted if additional information or documentation is needed. If your incentive meets all applicable criteria, it should appear in your next monthly paycycle (for management employees), or one of your next few weekly paycycles (for represented employees). Remember, the incentive payment is considered taxable wages and it is taxed at the supplemental withholding rates for Federal and State.
Applications typically must be submitted within 30 days of technology purchase, lease, or installation, but we are currently considering exception on a case-by-case basis at this time. (see GET STARTED page for more information).
No. Each employee is eligible for only one incentive per type of technology (i.e. one electric vehicle, one solar array, one battery storage, one heat pump, and one home energy monitoring system) for the life of the program. However, each employee can receive multiple referral bonuses.
National Grid has partnered with EnergySage to offer our employees a simple and easy way to shop for solar and storage. Employees can select a provider via EnergySage platform or one of our partners (Tesla or SunRun) to qualify for National Grid incentives.
Each employee is eligible to receive the incentive for each type of technology (i.e EVs, solar panels, battery storage, and home energy management systems) only once. This also applies to the bonus incentive - each employee is eligible for only one payment of $1000 if they purchase either a Solar or Storage system with an EV purchase. Even if an employee purchases solar and storage in addition to an EV, they are only eligible to receive one bonus payment of $1000.”
Eligible National Grid employees who refer other eligible employees to the program can receive $100 for that referral. The referral bonus only applies to a referral for the eligible purchase or lease of BEVs, PHEVs, solar, battery storage, and/or heat pumps.
In order to receive the $100 bonus, the referred employee must purchase or lease one or more of those items and include the referrer’s name, National Grid e-mail address, and employee ID in their application. The referrer does not need to submit any information. One employee can receive a maximum of 5 referral bonuses. One referral is equal to one technology type and not one applicant, meaning, if one employee is referred for both an EV and solar, 2 separate referral bonuses will be distributed.
Federal incentives are provided through the IRS's IRC30D credit. If you buy an EV, you can receive the credit when you file your tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for that tax year. The federal credit is based on your vehicle’s battery capacity and the maximum credit is $7,500. https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml
Rhode Island’s incentive program is currently suspended due to lack of funds. Please check back at the RI DRIVE program's website.
Massachusetts provides a rebate through
and applicants must submit an application for their rebate within 3 months of their purchase or lease agreement. Plug-in hybrids are no longer eligible for a rebate, while fully electric batter vehicles may qualify for a rebate up to $1,500. This rebate is only available while funds last. Please visit https://mor-ev.org/ funding to view current funding level.
In New York, you must buy or lease your EV or PHEV from a participating dealer in order to obtain the state rebate. Massachusetts has some recommended dealers through the Green Energy Consumer Alliance's Drive Green program. However, you are not required to purchase/lease your vehicle from one of these dealers in order to be eligible for the National Grid rebate.
Since many EVs are still new to the market and have not been resold, this question is difficult to answer. Some reports claim that EVs suffer heavy value losses on the resale market due to outdated technology and the fact that only the initial buyer can take advantage of any state and federal incentives.
For partner discounts on vehicles, employees will need to bring their National Grid Badge (proof of employment) and applicable forms or unique codes (varies by manufacturer, see specific vehicle pages on EV Central for details). The dealership will do the rest and take the discount off the sticker price of the vehicle. For partnership discounts on Smart Home technology, the details vary by manufacturer, see the Smart Home microsites for their details.
Disclaimers: Qualifications for partnership discounts vary between manufactures, may change monthly, and depend on inventory.
Additional vehicle discounts: Please be aware that National Grid has additional partnerships with vehicle manufacturers and employees may be eligible for additional discounts. Visit a href="http://us1infonet/sites/fleet/Pages/Employees_Offered_Vehicle_Purchase_Programs.aspx for more information on additional discounts (Infonet link is only accessible while connected to the National Grid network).
All ground-source heat pumps must be ENERGY STAR certified and meet or exceed ENERGY STAR Tier 3 Geothermal Heat Pump Key Product Criteria (see here for more info). Ground-source heat pumps must meet 90-120% of the building design heating load in order to qualify, and verification of that must be provided in the form of a Manual J calculation from your contractor. Both open-loop and closed-loop GSHP systems are eligible for the incentive. Shared-loop systems will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contractor documentation should specify the type, make, and model of the system.
Other heat pump technologies (such as heat pump water heaters, ground-source heat pump desuperheaters, and water-to-water heat pumps) may be added in future, but are not eligible at this time. Custom systems can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The program incentives are meant solely for employees, and as such the systems may not be installed on the home of a friend or family member, or in a multifamily complex where the system will serve multiple units.
No, you may use any contractor of your choice. If you are searching for a solar or storage contractor, we recommend that you visit the Energy Sage platform, which is an excellent resource for information and obtaining quotes from local contractors. Moreover, for heat pumps, we recommend using a contractor associated with the NYS Clean Heat Statewide Heat Pump Program, the MA CEC Ground-Source Heat Pump Installers List, the MA CEC Participating Air-Source Heat Pump Installers List, or the MA CEC Installers Directory.
No, the program does not specify any make or model to qualify for the program incentives. However, heat pumps must meet the requirements detailed above in the response to "What types of heat pumps are eligible for the program incentives?"
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) run completely on electricity stored in batteries and have an electric motor rather than a gasoline engine. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) combine two propulsion modes in one vehicle: an electric motor that is battery powered and can be plugged in and recharged and a gasoline engine that can be refueled with gasoline.
Not necessarily. All electric vehicles come with a charging cord that charges your vehicle using a standard 3-prong 120V outlet (“Level 1”). If you want to charge your car more quickly at home then you might want to have a home charging station installed which requires a 240V outlet (“Level 2”). This outlet is similar to the outlet powering an electric clothes dryer or oven. For more information on charging visit our Charging Info Page .
It depends on what level of charger you plug into and your battery’s current “state of charge”. Level I chargers like those found at home will provide about 2-5 miles of travel per hour of charge. Level II chargers like those found at work will provide about 12-30 miles of travel per hour of charge. Level III chargers like those found on turnpikes/thruways, also called Direct Current Fast Chargers (“DCFC”), will provide over 100-400 miles of travel per hour of charge. Look here for information about the different
types of chargers.
The process is very similar to a traditional vehicle. Most electric vehicles display the nearest charging stations and directions, including the miles to reach the station. In addition, you can extend the battery’s range by turning off the heat or AC, reducing speed, as well as switching to “ECO” mode. At some point, your vehicle will alert you of “low battery charge” akin to a low fuel gauge indicator. A few miles longer and your vehicle will reduce speed (for safety reasons). If you continue to ignore the battery charge warning, the car glides to a stop. At that point, some auto manufacturers provide free towing for the first few years or you call AAA (or you insurance provider) for a tow. Please verify this for the vehicle you are considering.
Please visit the EV Central Charging page to view the most up-to-date charging station status at National Grid offices. If you don’t see your office listed, please notify us of your intention to purchase/lease an EV at the EV Central Charging page. You can also check for public charging stations near your home or office.
One of the biggest questions in buyers' minds is how long the batteries will last. Typically battery warranties are for eight years and 100,000 miles but you should check the battery warranty of the vehicle.
MPGe stands for Miles Per Gallon Electric. This is a unit derived from the EPA to describe fuel economy for EVs, and it is based off of the estimate that one gallon of gasoline is equivalent to 33.7 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
The range of an EV varies with driving conditions, driving style, and the weather. EVs tend to have lower ranges in cold weather. This is due in part from power being diverted to heating the vehicle and because batteries operate less efficiently in cold weather. You can expect your EV range to drop about 25%-40% in the winter compared to the more temperate seasons. This range loss can be minimized by lowering your heat and preconditioning your battery. You can also expect your mileage range to increase in good weather compared to the listed estimates.