In recent years, electric vehicles have become much more popular. This could be because of a desire to be more sustainable and eco-friendly or because the technological developments have made them a more effective replacement for conventional gas-fueled cars. No matter the reason, they are gaining popularity. As a corporation, you may wonder how your company can add electric vehicle charging stations to your workplace for your employees. Here are a few benefits of starting your corporate EV charging program.
Installing EV stations at your business makes life easier for your employees who drive electric vehicles. According to the 2017 National Household Travel Survey, the average one-way commute is 12.22 miles; recent data from the US Census Bureau found that this commute averaged 27.6 minutes in 2019. What does this mean? With automakers and drivers focusing on extended range electric vehicles, EV range has now increased so much that the 2020 median range exceeded 250 miles, with Tesla even offering a 402 mile version of the Model S. With a Level 2 charging station that charges 25 miles per plug-in hour, they can top off the battery after a commute, or they can fully charge up every few days.
While most EV drivers charge overnight at home, those without access to a charging station at home prefer to use a commercial charging station at work, with public or on-the-go as a back-up. Having dependable workplace charging stations can mean less stress for your employees since they won’t have to worry about having a full battery every day. They can plug in, go to meetings, then unplug a few hours later when their battery is full. And as we know, lowered stress levels are often linked to more focused and productive work.
Recruitment and Hiring Advantage
In the corporate world, there can be a lot of competition when it comes to hiring the best employees for an open position. Having charging stations for electric vehicles is not just a perk for people who drive electric vehicles or are interested in potentially driving one – they also show that you care about your employees. After all, surveys show that prospective employees increasingly consider community stature and corporate social responsibility when choosing a new company. Especially if your office is also LEED or WELL certified, reducing emissions and focusing on sustainability signals that you care are about your team and your community. Potential hires will see the initiative as a positive point for your company’s culture, thus encouraging them to choose your job offer instead of your competitor’s.
Creating a Company-Wide Policy
So how do you start with EV charging at your company? Start small. You can begin your EV pilot program with a few EV stations at one to two locations before expanding nationally. Use smart network features to study utilization and carbon offset. With an initial study or pilot program, you can gauge interest and calculate the long-term ROI of EV charging at your company. Some utilities may even offer rebates to help you get started!
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: electric vehicles are taking off, and EV charging stations now will keep you on the cutting edge of the new corporate trend. These are only a few of the ways that smart charging stations can help your company! Contact SemaConnect today to start the process of implementing an electric vehicle policy at your corporation.