The number of light-duty electric vehicles on the roads is continuing to increase. Automakers are producing more EVs every year. Charging an electric vehicle is often done at home. Using a Level 1 or Level 2 home charger, most EV drivers can charge their vehicles overnight at home. However, it doesn’t apply to all EV owners. Some do not have dedicated parking spots, or the spaces lack electricity.
While the federal government is investing in EV charging infrastructure, it takes time to reach everyone. Another solution is to offer workplace charging.
Support EV Adoption with Workplace Charging
To support the growing number of electric vehicles expected nationwide by 2040, it’s estimated that around 2.4 million EV chargers will be necessary for public places. The number does not include home charging stations.
The number illustrates the need for the U.S. Department of Energy’s EMPOWER project. The three-year project works to increase awareness of the need for workplace charging. The project focuses on employers across the country, especially in lower-income neighborhoods. As part of the project, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) will evaluate and support research with a national workplace charging initiative led by the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition.
Workplace Charging Benefits
Offering workplace charging, benefits employees and employers. The U.S. Department of Energy indicates that employees with access to workplace charging are more likely to drive an electric vehicle. Not only can employees charge their vehicles during their shifts, but workplace charging also helps to reduce range anxiety.
Workplace charging also benefits employers. The charging infrastructure shows the business is working towards meeting its social and environmental goals. Offering low-cost or free EV charging can attract and retain talent. It can even encourage remote workers to return to the office.
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Without employer support, it is impossible to overcome barriers associated with workplace charging programs. However, employee input is also crucial. Ask employees about their interest in EV charging and use the data to create a program that benefits everyone.
Some of the questions employers want to ask employees can include the following.
- What time of day and day of the week will employees most want access to charging?
- How many charging stations are needed to meet anticipated demand?
- Should employees pay a fee for workplace EV charging?
- Should charging stations be accessible to the public?
Workplace Charging with Apogee Charging Solutions
Workplace charging benefits employers and employees. When partnering with Apogee Charging Solutions, we can introduce businesses to new resources that make the infrastructure more cost-effective.
When you are ready to learn more about EV adoption in the workplace, contact us to see how we can help you offer EV charging to your employees and even the public. Call 484-816-2076, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can schedule a call that fits your needs by clicking the button below.