Today, September 9th, 2022, we celebrate World EV Day, and with it, all things EV!
Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable form of transportation. They have lower emissions than gas-powered cars, they reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and they help improve air quality. Most automakers are now producing electric models, so the technology is only going to become more prevalent.
In order for EVs to proliferate, however, there needs to be an adequate EV charging infrastructure. Many would-be electric vehicle owners cite a perceived lack of available charging stations as the main barrier to EV ownership.
As we consider the importance of making EV technology ever more accessible this World EV Day, we’re also reminded of the role companies of all sizes can play in increasing the availability of EV charging infrastructure nationwide.
Could your business be a part of the solution? Read on to learn more about World EV Day and how offering EV charging stations at your office could benefit more than just the environment.
The History of World EV Day
The first World EV Day was celebrated on September 9th, 2016. It was created to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and to showcase the benefits of EVs to consumers, businesses, and policymakers.
Since then, World EV Day has grown to become a global movement, with over 300 events being held in 60 countries last year alone. Each year, the goal is to get as many people as possible thinking about making the switch to an EV.
There are a number of reasons to consider making the switch to an EV. In addition to being better for the environment, EVs can also save you money on fuel and maintenance costs. And as charging infrastructure continues to improve, range anxiety (the fear of being stranded with a dead battery) is becoming less and less of a concern.
If you’re thinking about making the switch to an EV or to helping expand EV charging infrastructure in your area, World EV Day is the perfect time to do it.
The State of EV Charging in the United States
As of 2020, there There are now over 30,000 public EV charging locations in the United States, and that number is growing every day. However, even in 2022, a survey of potential EV owners shows that a perceived lack of charging infrastructure coupled with a limited driving range is a significant barrier to more widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
Still, the charging infrastructure is slowly but surely catching up to consumer demand. In the meantime, businesses can play a role in increasing the availability of EV charging stations.
How Businesses Can Help Increase The Availability Of EV Charging Stations
There are a few different ways businesses can help increase the availability of EV charging stations and the accessibility of electric vehicles across the board:
- 1. They can install EV charging stations at their own facilities.
- 2. They can advocate for the installation of public EV charging stations in their communities.
- 3. They can provide employees with incentives to purchase EVs.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these options:
1. Install EV Charging Stations at Your Facility
One of the best ways businesses can help increase the availability of EV charging stations is by installing them at their own facilities.
This not only provides a much-needed service to employees and customers who drive EVs, but it also sends a strong signal to the community that your business is committed to sustainability. Offering EV charging stations can also help boost your company’s ESG profile.
As we discussed in our recent article, a company’s ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) profile details how well it is doing in terms of sustainability. Many investors now consider a company’s ESG profile when making investment decisions, so it’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to make sure their ESG profile is strong.
Installing EV charging stations at your facility is a great way to improve your company’s ESG profile and to show that you’re committed to sustainability. Not only will it benefit the environment, but it could also help you attract more customers and investors.
2. Advocate for the Installation of Public EV Charging Stations in Your Community
If your business doesn’t have the ability to install EV charging stations on-site just yet, you can still help increase their availability by advocating for their installation in your community.
You can start by reaching out to your local representatives and letting them know that you support the installation of public EV charging stations. You can also partner with other businesses in your community to create a joint letter or petition.
3. Provide Employees with Incentives to Purchase EVs
Another way businesses can help increase the availability of EV charging stations is by providing employees with incentives to purchase EVs.
This could take the form of a discount on the purchase price of an EV. It could also be a subsidy for the installation of home charging equipment. Whatever the incentive, it can help employees feel like they are part of a company that is committed to sustainability.
How to Install EV Charging Stations at Your Workplace
If you’re interested in installing EV charging stations at your workplace, there’s no better time to get started. The first step is to consult with the team at Inovis Energy and request a no-cost EV charging assessment. Our team will be able to help you answer critical questions like:
- What type of charger you need
- The amount of power your facility can provide
- The ideal location of the chargers
- How to finance the project
- and much more.
After the assessment, you’ll understanding everything you need to know about installing EV charging stations at your workplace.
World EV Day is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of EV charging infrastructure not only for society as a whole but also for your company’s ESG profile. By installing EV charging stations at your workplace, you can help boost your company’s sustainability profile and attract more customers and investors. And by advocating for the installation of public EV charging stations in your community, you can help make EVs more accessible to everyone.
Do you think your business should install EV charging stations, but you’re not sure how to take the next step? We’d be happy to point you in the right direction. Inoivs Energy has installed over 32 DCFC chargers and 219 L2 ports, with 48 charging ports in progress, and over $7,000,000 in funding secured. Our clients have been able to leverage our relationships with utilities, states, municipalities, and vendors to make sure implementation is frictionless and cost-effective. Learn more about how to get started by requesting your no-cost EV charging assessment today.
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