Workplace Charging – the Next Frontier in EV Infrastructure

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The term “range anx­i­ety” is heard so often when con­tem­plat­ing the pur­chase or lease of an elec­tric vehi­cle that one might start to won­der if an anti-anxiety med­ica­tion should be pre­scribed with every vehi­cle deliv­ery. Thou­sands of non-residential charge sta­tions have been deployed in pub­lic loca­tions over the last year, with thou­sands more in the pipeline. But how will an EV dri­ver ever feel con­fi­dent that a charge will be avail­able where and when they need it? If we could focus on deploy­ing charg­ing infra­struc­ture where it’s needed the term range anx­i­ety can be com­pletely removed from our nomen­cla­ture. And where it’s clearly needed is at the workplace.

Research strongly sup­ports the need for work­place charg­ing. Accord­ing to the Elec­tri­cal Power Research Insti­tute (EPRI), 54% of non-residential park­ing occurs at the office and a recent study con­ducted by the Power & Energy Soci­ety of the IEEE con­cluded that work­place charg­ing is the best place for EV dri­vers to get a non-residential charge because the aver­age stay time is over four hours long.

These same stud­ies show that a much smaller per­cent­age of non-residential park­ing (15%) occurs when some­one is shop­ping or doing sim­i­lar activ­i­ties and that the aver­age stay-time of these activ­i­ties is less than 2 hours. Yet this is where the major­ity of non-residential infra­struc­ture has been deployed to date — not at the office where we know with a high level of pre­dictabil­ity the fre­quency and dura­tion of our stays, but rather at loca­tions we visit spo­rad­i­cally and with brevity to run errands.

Deploy­ing work­ing charg­ing solu­tions will not only help alle­vi­ate range anx­i­ety but it also helps busi­nesses meet cor­po­rate envi­ron­men­tal respon­si­bil­i­ties, cre­ate an envi­ron­men­tal friendly com­pany image and attract and retain top for­ward think­ing tal­ent. For prop­erty own­ers it can lead to LEED cred­its and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, which ulti­mately enhances prop­erty value.

Brett Hauser is Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer for EVCon­nect.

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