Mar
28

Employer considerations for Workplace Charging

Question of the Month: What factors do employers need to consider when establishing a workplace charging program?

Answer:

While there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for workplace charging, there are a number of resources available to help employers design, implement, and manage the right program for their organization.
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Aug
10

Best.Drive.EVer.

Check out Virginia Clean Cities’ new flyers for the Department of Energy’s “Best.Drive.EVer.” awareness campaign!

BDECon

Best.Drive.EVer. – Convenience Print Ad

BDEPerf

Best.Drive.EVer. – Performance Print Ad

 

Best.Drive.EVer. seeks to drive forward the nation’s transition to electrified vehicles by presenting a positive, unified message around plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The campaign aims to accomplish this through two different themes: “Convenience” and “Performance”. PEVs are easy to use and time-saving, but are also are a powerful, advanced technology that is fun to drive.

Jul
25

Workplace Charging Challenge – White House Press Release

The DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge partners were recognized in a White House press release. The statement, included below, was centered on private and public sector efforts to accelerate electric vehicle adoption in our nation. More specifically, the White House mentioned the productive work that the Challenge partners have committed to, and listed 35 of the most recent pledge signatories.

The Press Release is as follows:

 

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Friends,

Today, the Administration, in collaboration with public and private sector partners, is announcing a set of actions and a new framework for cooperation to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in order to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road. Expanding on progress to promote electric vehicle adoption, the actions announced today represent the next step in the Administration’s commitment to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure, foster advanced technologies, and make electric vehicles more affordable for all Americans.

These announcements include the Energy Department unlocking up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to support innovative electric vehicle charging facilities, and the Department of Transportation launching the process to identify zero emission and alternative fuel corridors, including for electric vehicle charging across the country. These actions and others from the Federal government will work in conjunction to achieve an ambitious set of Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure, endorsed today by an unprecedented coalition forged between nearly 50 vehicles manufacturers, electric utilities, electric vehicle charging companies, states, and organizations.

 For more about today’s announcements, be sure to check out the White House Fact Sheet 

Best,

 

Your Colleagues at the White House

 

Apr
02

Workplace Charging Management Policy Webinar

Workplace Charging Management Policy Webinar

Develop policies and procedures to ensure a safe, positive charging experience for your employees

Workplace Charging

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2:003:00 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Energy Workplace Charging Challenge webinar series addresses topics that will support employer efforts to create a successful employee charging program. 

Join us to learn about effective practices in workplace charging management from your peers in sustainability, EHS, facilities and transportation management. Four employers will discuss their organizations’ policies and procedures for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging administration, registration, pricing, sharing, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about resources that are available to support their workplace charging management efforts.

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  • The webinar will be recorded and made available afterwards.

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Dec
19

Electric Vehicle Charger Networks?

What are the major electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) networks, and how can plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers access their stations? What are the costs associated with each network?

Answer:

Most PEV charging occurs at home, but for those who have a need to charge at a public location, it’s important to understand available charging networks. While EVSE networks and charging infrastructure are frequently evolving, the major networks currently include AeroVironment, Blink, ChargePoint, GE WattStation Connect, Greenlots SKY, NRG eVgo, OpConnect, SemaConnect, and Tesla. Each network has a unique model, with the most common approaches being monthly subscriptions, pay-as-you-go (i.e., pay per charge), and free (free to charge and no subscription fee required).

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Nov
14

Pev And Other Tax Credits

How does the federal plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) tax credit phase-out work, and has it begun for any vehicle manufacturers? What is the status of other federal alternative fuel tax credits?

Answer: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor VehicleTax Credit begins to phase out for a manufacturer when at least 200,000 qualifying vehicles produced by that manufacturer have been sold for use in the United States, based on sales after December 31, 2009. Many of the other federal tax credits, such as the Alternative Fuels Excise Tax Credit and the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit, expired at the end of 2013 and have not been extended or renewed. Additional tax credits have or will expire this year.

Federal PEV Tax Credit Phase-Out
Each manufacturer must report quarterly to the IRS on their vehicle sales. According to the IRS Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit Quarterly Sales page no manufacturers have reached the 200,000 cumulative PEV sales mark. This means all qualified vehicles are still eligible for their full credit amounts. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb
25

A Guide to the Lessons Learned from the Clean Cities Community Electric Vehicle Readiness Projects

ev guideClean Cities is proud to announce the release of A Guide to the Lessons Learned from the Clean Cities Community Electric Vehicle Readiness Projects. Synthesizing reports from the 16 Clean Cities PEV readiness projects across the country, the Guide gathers together the most important conclusions and highlights illustrative examples.

To announce the report, Clean Cities published “Ten Ways Communities Can Pave the Way for PEVs” on the EERE blog and posted below.

1. Form partnerships and gather input: Expanding a region’s PEV market requires collaboration and coordination between the private and public sector. For example, to help form their PEV readiness strategy, the City of Austin surveyed more than 1,000 people representing local and state governments, employers, PEV community groups, electricians, current PEV drivers, parking lot owners, and property owners.

2. Describe local benefits of PEVs: The American Lung Association of the Southwest in Colorado analyzed lifecycle emissions of local PEVs charged on Colorado’s electric grid. From electricity generation to tailpipe emissions, they found that, on average, PEVs in Colorado produce fewer greenhouse gases and smog-forming pollution than comparable gasoline vehicles. The study raised public awareness about the many health and environmental benefits of PEVs.

3. Analyze data to understand how the PEV market may grow: The Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta found that PEV sales in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina will grow by at least 10-fold from 2015 to 2020.

4. Decide on the best incentives: Several states offer a variety of financial incentives to PEV buyers. The Centralina Council of Governments in North Carolina found that drivers prefer up-front incentives such as eliminating sales tax, rather than traditional tax credits, which Washington, Colorado, and New Jersey already offer.

5. Identify future public charging locations: The Transportation and Climate Initiative, which led a group of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, described the benefits and challenges of installing charging stations at nine different types of locations including central business districts, universities, and workplaces.

6. Support the installation of chargers where a variety of PEV drivers live and work: Because 41% of housing in their region is multi-unit (as opposed to single family), the South Florida Regional Planning Council conducted workshops for apartment and condo managers on how to install PEV charging stations. Installing these stations at workplaces and multi-unit housing complexes can help ensure all PEV drivers, not only those in single-family houses, have easy access to charging.

7. Examine and revise zoning policies to encourage use of PEVs: The City of Auburn Hills in Michigan encourages developers to run electrical conduit to all new developments, making it easier to install residential charging in the future. So far, developers have followed that request and some are even installing PEV charging stations on their own.

8. Streamline permitting and codes: To help cities across the country simplify their permitting processes, Clean Cities offers a model permit that can be customized as needed. Similarly, Oregon has a single state-wide permit for residential electric vehicle chargers. By simplifying the permitting process, electricians only need to familiarize themselves with one set of requirements, rather than different permits in different cities.

9. Engage electrical utilities: To better understand how PEVs could impact the electric grid, the University of Hawaii is planning a “smart grid” demonstration with 200 private drivers, car share partners, and fleet owners.

10. Inform the public: New York City and Empire Clean Cities collaborated with drugstore chain Duane Reade to help consumers understand the benefits of PEV delivery trucks. Through an online campaign, New Yorkers voted on which Duane Reade stores the company would serve with these new, sustainable trucks. Many cities also promote the Alternative Fuels Data Center and its Alternative Fueling Station Locator to help their citizens learn more about PEVs.

The next Electric Vehicle Quarterly Discussion webinar will focus on the results of the report. Join us on Wednesday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. for the webinar. To sign in to the webinar, visit the MyMeetings website and enter conference number PW4265601 and audience passcode 2492382. Participants can also join the event directly at the webinar-specific site. To call in, call 888-807-9760 and enter the participant passcode 2492382.

Jan
06

RT: Evatran to begin shipping its Plugless electric vehicle charging system

BY PETER BACQUÉ Richmond Times-Dispatch : Monday, January 6, 2014 12:00 am LINK

Richmond’s Evatran Group Inc. will begin shipments of its Plugless electric vehicle charging system this month, the company announced today.

The system is the first wireless vehicle charger available to individual electric vehicle drivers, the company said.

“Since the beginning of our company, we have focused on bringing this convenient charging technology to individual EV drivers,” said Rebecca Hough, Evatran’s CEO and co-founder. “After years of trials with commercial and municipal partners, … we’re excited to announce that the time has come.”

Evatran is offering the first 250 buyers a 30 percent discount off the price of the Plugless system, Hough said. “We’re proud to invite our first 250 customers to join us in making history.”

Oct
21

TESLA MOTORS RIBBON CUTTING TO UNVEIL FIRST VIRGINIA SUPERCHARGER STATION

 

 

EVENT DETAILS:

What: Glen Allen Supercharger Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

When: Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 10:00AM

Where: Glen Allen Supercharger
9860 Brook Rd
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059
(Located in the parking lot between Chili’s and Men’s Wearhouse)

Please RSVP to Bea González at Bea@capresults.net

GLEN ALLEN SUPERCHARGER

  • Located in the parking lot between Chili’s and Men’s Wearhouse
  • 8 charging stalls open 24hrs/day
  • Amenities include Panera Bread, Coldstone Creamery, Barnes & Noble Café, Pizzaro Pizza and more
  • Conveniently located north of Richmond, enabling free travel from Washington DC to Raleigh, NC

ABOUT SUPERCHARGERS

Tesla Superchargers allow Model S owners to travel for free between cities along well-traveled highways in North America. The Tesla Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing up to 120 kilowatts of power and replenishing half a charge in twenty minutes. Supercharger stations are strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops. Stations are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers so road trippers can stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged by the time they’re done.

Oct
08

Statement from DMV on Tesla Dealership in Virginia

The Commissioner is pleased that Tesla, the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA), and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), through counsel, came to an agreement and avoided litigation regarding the operation of a Tesla dealership in Virginia. After the initial ruling, the parties to the hearing before DMV engaged in discussions and, after consideration of those discussions and additional information presented, the Commissioner could determine that Tesla may own a Tesla dealership in Northern Virginia. To operate as a dealer, Tesla must meet the statutory requirements applicable to dealers and obtain a license from the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles – October 2, 2013

 

A Tesla charges at Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond

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