Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to your questions

QUESTIONS ABOUT NATIONAL GRID INCENTIVE:



Eligible employees include full-time and part-time U.S. Management Employees who work more than 20 hours per week. Represented employees, 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.
This incentive is available for new eligible purchases from April 1st 2019 through March 20th 2020. Application forms must be submitted by end of day March 20th 2020. Incentives will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis.
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.
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 of a new solar and/or storage system, or a new Sense monitor.
No. Non-plugin hybrids (e.g. Prius) do not qualify for the National Grid incentive. However, Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (e.g. Volt) qualify for the National Grid incentive as well as battery electric vehicles (e.g. Bolt).
All new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are eligible for the National Grid incentive. They can be purchased or leased. See the following site for available PHEV and BEV models: https://driveelectricus.com/explore-electric-cars/.
This program is for both purchase and leases (minimum of 36 month lease).
No, currently used cars are not eligible for the National Grid incentive.
You must be a National Grid employee at the time of reimbursement. Reimbursement will be provided within three months of submitting the appropriate paperwork.
No, unfortunately this is only for newly acquired EVs or smart home technology purchased or leased on or after April 3, 2018.
No, currently this program is only for National Grid Employees, and an employee’s name must on the proof of purchase or lease agreement.
Unfortunately, we are unable to reserve funds ahead of time. We will put a very visible notice on the Website if/when we start to become concerned that funds are depleting.
This program is a designed to run for 12 months, through March 2020, with the potential to be extended. However, resources will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis. Employees can only receive the National Grid incentive AFTER they submit proof of completed purchase or lease. A down payment or reservation does not qualify. You must have the Tesla in your possession to apply.
The incentive payment is considered taxable wages and it is taxed at the supplemental withholding rates for Federal and State.
To qualify for the incentive you will need to complete 3 steps and submit your proof of purchase or lease agreement. Visit the GET STARTED page on EVCentral for more details and step by step instructions.
We expect reimbursement to be made within 3 months of submitting the appropriate information (see CLAIM page for application).
The incentive will be provided to you via your National Grid paycheck.
You must submit your required documentation within 30 days of purchase. However, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible (see GET STARTED page for more information).
Sorry, employees are eligible for one incentive for electric vehicle, one incentive for solar system, one incentive for energy storage system, and one incentive for home energy management.
No, while electric motorcycles have environmental benefits compared to gasoline-powered motorcycles, the Company is not providing an incentive due to safety concerns.
Since this program will only last while funds are available, we will be sure to post information on the site once funds begin to get low.
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.

EV PURCHASING QUESTIONS



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

State incentives vary per state. Below are some examples from the states the majority of our US employees live in. If you would like to learn more about state incentives you can visit https://pluginamerica.org/why-go-plug-in/state-federal-incentives/

  • 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 MOR-EV 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.
  • New York incentives are run through NYSERDA and require no application process. The incentive is discounted at the point of sale from participating dealerships. Discounts range from $500, for PHEVs with a range of 20 miles or less, to $2,000 for EVs with ranges over 120 miles. NYSERDA Drive Clean: https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All%20Programs/Programs/Drive%20Clean%20Rebate
You will not be asked to reimburse the Company for the rebate or a pro-rated share of the rebate.
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.
No, the EV cost estimates on EV Central are based on MSRPs and applicable rebates. EV purchase and lease costs can still be negotiated at will.
After you purchase your vehicle or smart home appliance, EV Central will not track how long you keep it. If you lease your vehicle then you must agree to a lease term of a minimum of 36 months.
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).

CHARGING AND TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS



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.

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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.