EV Charging Gives Businesses a Competitive Commercial Edge

Few workplace initiatives offer such a unique dual win of cutting costs and increasing employee satisfaction as the roll-out of a workplace charging program. Electric vehicles (EV) sales are growing at a rate of 60%+ annually across the globe, driven by rapidly declining prices, improving performance, and policy that encourages the adoption of fossil fuel alternatives. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that by 2040, EVs will be more than 40% of the light-duty vehicle market!

A charging station installed at Hannahford’s Supermarket.

Installing EV chargers and initiating a commercial charging program is an opportunity for your business to set itself apart by saving money, reducing operations and maintenance costs, increasing workplace sustainability, and offering higher employee and customer satisfaction.

Economic and Environmental Benefits 

Much like investing in solar electricity, investments in electric vehicle charging are a way to show conscientious workers and consumers that your business is committed to a clean energy economy. Additionally, EV charging transfers the energy cost savings from driving electric back into your business’ budget. A grid-based eGallon, used by the US Department of Energy to compare the cost of electricity to gasoline, is currently calculated at $1.21. Compared to the average US gas price of $2.41 per gallon so far in 2021, it’s a significantly better deal.

Incentives and Resources

Thanks to numerous federal and state incentives, transitioning to electric is more affordable and beneficial than ever before. Check out our Commercial EV Charging Incentives Guide that we regularly update for businesses, or visit these national resources:

Get Started with EV Charging

Here’s how it works — a business installs some number of electric vehicle charging stations and makes them available to employees. Employees with electric vehicles are able to charge at work, extending their available driving range. By making electric vehicle charging visible and offering it as a perk, the workplace is promoting the adoption of EV technology — which is significantly cleaner than the burning of fossil fuels for transportation — and furthering its sustainability goals.

As a free, first-step service, ReVision Energy offers a comprehensive Electric Vehicle site survey evaluation which consists of two parts:

  1. Working with business owners/stakeholder groups to understand the goals or the project.
  2. Planning with the site manager to understand the technical feasibility of electric charging – where chargers might go, which equipment works best in different locations, which design choices are the most cost-effective to implement, etc.

There are 3 basic types of commercial EV charging that can benefit a business or organization: Workplace Charging, Public Charging, and Fleet Charging.

Workplace EV Charging

A rapidly growing number of Americans are transitioning to electric vehicles, or EVs — both plug-in hybrid and all-electric models. In response, many commercial enterprises and small business owners are installing EV chargers, and providing workplace charging as an incentive for their employees who drive some form of EV.

However small or large your company is, offering EV charging gives it an edge.

Public Charging Stations

Public charging stations are appearing in great numbers across the US, and remarkable progress has been made in the past few years.

In 2018, the US had around 16,000 public charging stations, and that number has grown quickly. For comparison, there are over 100,000 gas stations throughout the 50 states, but with EVs, most of the “fueling” is done at home or work for commuting. The growing public charging network will extend drivers’ battery range, or even enable long-distance travel.

By joining the transition and by providing EV charging as a perk for your customers you can increase visits to your business. Businesses that offer public charging can be listed on the free app, PlugShare, through which a large market of users can easily find and review charging stations. This directory leads EV drivers to discover new businesses, like your own, that they love to support while topping off their vehicle’s battery.

Fleet Charging

Workplace charging in a Maine municipality

It’s another huge opportunity to install chargers to power your company fleet. Electric vehicles are a great choice for fleet vehicles because 1) electricity costs roughly 1/2 that of gasoline (and is even cheaper when connected to solar power), 2) the vehicles need comparatively little maintenance — no fluid change, less brake wear, and 90% fewer moving parts! That means that EVs spend more time on the road and less at the dealership. Switching to EVs means you can enjoy serious financial savings while also going greener.

Available Equipment
Electric vehicle charging equipment is categorized in one of three categories, based on the speed of recharge:

  • Level 1: Delivers about 5-8 miles of range for every hour. Every EV ships with the basic charging plug, and while it is conveniently able to plug into any 120V outlet, this is also the slowest method of charging.
  • Level 2: Replenishes 10-24 miles of range per hour of connection. For the vast majority of businesses, Level 2 charging is the right option.
  • Fast Charging: Recharges at a rate of around 150 miles of range per hour. Remarkable time benefits, but is by far the most expensive option.

Save More with Solar

The Clipper Creek HCS-40 offers great value in electric vehicle charging. A fully installed Level II charging station costs around $2,000, a bit less when bundled with one of our solar PV installs.

Driving with electricity is better for the economy and environment than burning gasoline — that much is intuitive and obvious. However, electricity is still only as clean as its source, and in our view a rapid transition to a 100% clean energy-powered infrastructure is necessary for both our economy and the long term health of the planet. Thanks to a stunning decrease in the cost of solar panels, this transition is incredibly affordable. In fact, using solar electricity for electric vehicle charging offers the best ROI.

Much like investing in solar electricity, investments in electric vehicle charging are a way to show conscientious workers and consumers that your business is committed to a clean energy economy. As well, the more EVs that recharge at your location, the more sense it makes to recharge them with solar power! Solar, like the EV market, is a high-performance technology and is now competitive with traditional, dirty fuels for everyday use.

In 2021 so far, the average cost of electricity is $1.20 cheaper than the average cost of gasoline. Even better, a solar gallon costs 71 cents! Combining solar with EVs will accelerate the return on investment for both, which is a decidedly attractive charging package. Drive on sunshine, save big bucks.

Let ReVision Take the Wheel

ReVision Energy’s Solar Design Specialists are unmatched in their ability to balance the many factors and elements that make your company unique. Based on our understanding of these details we can help you determine what charging configuration, and level of power it delivers, will work best for your business.

Perhaps you need a single vehicle charger, or maybe a row of dual-port charging stations — we carry and install many options that can work together in a variety of ways. We also provide legendary customer service throughout the entire process, and beyond.

ReVision Energy has the experience needed, whether your workplace charging installation is easy or challenging. To learn more about your vehicle charging and solar electric choices, reach out to one of our Solar Design Specialists today to arrange your complimentary site visit.