Workplace Charging

workplace-chargingThe Electric Power Research Institute estimates that more than 50 percent of non-residential parking occurs at the workplace, where layover is often between 4-8 hours. This extended period where vehicles are sitting in one place is the perfect time to provide electric vehicle owners with an extension in range. Workplace charging could provide electric vehicle owners an extra 15 to 70 miles of range depending on the charging infrastructure available. This matches well with the characteristics of typical commuters today, of which 90 percent drive less than 40 miles one-way to work according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Successful efforts to establish a workplace charging opportunity for electric vehicle owners will depend on the employee and employer and/or building owner being fully informed as to the challenges and benefits. Workplace charging programs do not have to be costly or complicated, yet they will provide a valuable service to employees who own EVs, and they will create an increasingly attractive marketing tool for a business or a building owner to attract and retain employees and/or tenants.

Planning and implementation steps can be found in the resources below which offer some possible actions to consider. Each installation will have unique characteristics and should be considered carefully.

Resources

Workplace Charging Challenge

Charging Challenge

The Workplace Charging Challenge aims to achieve a tenfold increase in the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging by 2018. To increase the convenience and affordability of driving electric, the Workplace Charging Challenge encourages employers to provide charging access for employees. Learn more about the benefits of workplace charging by clicking here.