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Electric Vehicle Charging Station Programs

Partner with National Grid to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at little or no cost. Our programs offer incentives and opportunities to install EV charging stations, save on electricity costs for DC fast-charging stations, and convert fleet vehicles to EVs. Be an environmental leader.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Make-Ready Program

Install EV Charging Stations at Little or No Cost.*

National Grid's Make-Ready Program will fund up to 100% of the electric infrastructure costs associated with installing electric vehicle charging stations. 

Partner with National Grid to install EV charging stations today. 

When you add EV charging stations, you're not just providing customers, employees, and tenants with convenience and connectivity; you're demonstrating your sustainability commitment to the entire community.

The time is now to Take Charge. 

Let’s get started.

Step 1.  Learn about the Program by reading the Program Brochure

Step 2.  Review the EV Equipment List and check the Disadvantaged Community Eligibility Map to see if your project qualifies for additional funding

Step 3.  See the Incentives and Credits for additional financial resources

Step 4.  Select an Approved Contractor who will be your partner in installing the right EV solution for you. They can walk you through the application process and discuss your EV project construction. 

Step 5.  Have questions before you get started? Contact us and we can answer your questions and help you select an approved contractor.


*National Grid covers up to 100 percent of electric infrastructure associated with new EV charging stations, for approved projects. 

Build Your Business by Partnering with National Grid.

Approved contractors play a crucial role in the EV Charging Station Make-Ready Program, serving as trusted advisors and technical experts to Customers interested in installing EV chargers.

Are you interested in becoming an Approved Contractor? Apply HERE

Are you already an Approved Contractor? Below are key steps and information you’ll need before submitting a project application for your customers interested in installing EV Chargers.

Step 1.  Double-check that your organization is listed on the Approved Contractor List

Step 2.  Use the Program Brochure to help explain the program to your customers

Step 3.  Utilize the Expedited Review Process to qualify your projects for a more streamlined review

Step 4.  Choose from the EV Equipment List to take advantage of the expedited review process

Step 5.  Review the Incentive and Credit List and check the Disadvantaged Community Eligibility Map to see if your project qualifies for additional funding

Step 6.  For those looking to install DCFC and other large EV charging station load, make sure to check the EV Charging Station Capacity Map

Step 7.  Check off the Application Requirements to help you prepare to apply more quickly and easily

Step 8.  Review Program Terms and Conditions 

Step 9.  When your project is ready, use the link below to apply for the program on behalf of your customer


Questions? CONTACT US

Additional EV programs

  • Partner with us to help you through the process of converting your sedans, delivery vans, school and transit buses, trucks, and other fleet vehicles to electric alternatives. National Grid can help you determine electricity available at your depot and the potential bill impact or savings with our Fleet Assessment Services:
    • Site Feasibility Analysis: Determine power demand, distribution impacts and potential cost-saving synergies
    • Rate Analysis: Understand the electricity costs required to electrify your fleet, potentially managed charging solutions, and rate options available to reduce your energy bills

  • We can also help fleets of all types install EV charging stations at lower costs:
    • Light-duty fleets: Apply to the EV Charging Station Make-Ready Program following the steps above
    • Medium- and Heavy- duty (MHDV) fleets: National Grid is conducting a pilot program for funding for investments in grid-side infrastructure to enable larger fleet EVs:
      • Focused on disadvantaged communities (DACs): Projects prioritized to support a direct reduction of diesel emissions for those most impacted by pollution
      • Participants must participate in New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program (NYTVIP)
      • Covers up to 90% of utility-side make-ready costs

  • To apply for help in planning your conversion, please complete the Fleet Assessment Application.
  • Questions? Email National Grid at

New, publicly accessible* DC fast chargers (DCFC) 50 kW or greater are eligible for an annual incentive from National Grid. If a station is composed of multiple plugs but can charge only one vehicle at a time, only one plug is eligible to earn an incentive. The incentive also requires that the station be separately metered. The incentive will be applied after one year of billing history. It declines over time and is payable annually. Up to 300 plugs will be eligible to earn this incentive in National Grid’s upstate New York Service territory.

*For the purposes of this program, publicly accessible locations include:

  • No fee to park. (Plugs in pay-to-park lots which offer a refund of the parking fee for EV drivers who charge their vehicles are eligible.)
  • Must include both a CCS plug and a CHAdeMO plug.
  • Must be useable without requiring membership in a charging network. Networked stations that offer single per-use charging fees will qualify.
  • While payment by smartphone is permitted, it cannot be the only available method of payment at eligible stations.

Incentive Level

Eligible plugs earn an incentive for every year which they are operational between 2019 and 2025. To become eligible, a station owner must complete a new service application with National Grid, including the payment for any applicable infrastructure upgrades, known as the CIAC (Contribution in-Aid of Construction), unless those upgrades were already covered by National Grid’s Make-Ready Program. After a full year of operation, each eligible plug that is in service will receive the full incentive associated with the program year. Plugs rated between 50 kW but less than 75 kW are eligible for 60% of the maximum incentive in any year. The actual incentive will be capped at the lower of the actual delivery bill of the station for that year and the applicable incentive level.

Mixed Tier

Mixed tier refers to new installations with both standard and proprietary DCFC plugs. For this tier, the minimum criteria for a participating standardized plug is 62.5 kW, and there must be at least two standardized plugs that can simultaneously charge two vehicles between 62.5 kW and 74 kW to qualify for this mixed tier option. A plug capable of charging from 62.5 kW to 74 kW shall receive the 60% incentive. A plug capable of charging at 75 kW or greater shall receive the full incentive. The opportunity to seek incentives under the mixed tier option ceases on March 19, 2023.

Developer Cap

No single station developer or operator may seek incentives for the installation of greater than 50 percent of the plugs per participating utility service area.

The incentive schedule is given below.

Year Plugs > 75kW Plugs
50kW - 74kW
2019 $7,500 $4,500
2020 $7,500 $4,500
2021 $7,500 $4,500
2022 $6,429 $3,857
2023 $5,357 $3,214
2024 $4,286 $2,572
2025 $3,214 $1,928

Incentive Availability Status

Incentive funds paid $0
Incentive funds remaining $9M
Total number of plugs 300
Number of plugs enrolled 9
# of plugs 50-74kW 0
# of plugs 74kW and higher 9
Number of plugs remaining 291
Updated November 30, 2021

Incentive Rollover

If a station’s delivery bill is less than the total incentive for which it is eligible, it may roll over unused incentive funding into future years with certain limitations. The rolled over incentive may be added to the eligible incentive amount through 2021. From 2021 to 2022 the roll-over will be limited to $5,625. There will be no roll-over allowed after 2022.

How to Apply?

To begin the application process, please complete the below form:

National Grid Commercial Account Application

Online Application for DCFC Incentive