Commercial EV Charging

Install EV chargers. Your employees, customers, and accountant will thank you. 

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! 

The US has around 160,000 public charging stations, and that number is growing quickly. With the electric vehicle (EV) market projected to capture a 40% share of new vehicle sales by 2030, S&P Global Mobility forecasts anticipate a staggering 28.3 million EVs in operation. To support this surge, the deployment of approximately 700,000 Level 2 chargers and 70,000 Level 3 chargers, spanning both public and private facilities. 

Ganske_EV CHargingsmol2.jpgInstalling 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 $1.85. Compared to the average US gas price of $3.80 per gallon so far in 2022, 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:

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 to understand the goals of 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. 

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: Can deliver about 25 miles of range per hour of charging. 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.
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Workplace EV Charging

As more Americans embrace electric vehicles (EVs), businesses are installing workplace EV chargers to incentivize employees who drive electric.

Providing EV charging at your workplace sets your business apart, addressing the challenge of retaining and satisfying employees. This aligns with the growing trend of incorporating strong ESG values into organizational culture, directly contributing to employee happiness, job satisfaction, and retention.

By making EV 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. Workplace EV charging not only caters to practical needs but also promotes sustainability, reducing carbon footprints and enhancing brand image. 

Public Charging 

Chargepoint-kennebunk-1-300x300.jpgPublic 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 is growing 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 providing EV charging as a perk for your customers you can increase visits to your business. Businesses that offer public charging will be listed on the free app, PlugShare and Google Maps, 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.

Unlock a range of incentives at municipal, state, and federal levels to significantly reduce the expenses associated with developing and installing public charging stations. ReVision is here to assist you in navigating and leveraging these incentives as you explore hosting public charging (link to incentives page) 

Fleet Charging

EV-charger-with-two-pole-mounts2.jpgIt’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.

Interested in learning more about fleet charging? Check out our recent blog post on EV charging service tips.

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