For one, EV stations can drive business to your properties by attracting the affluent customers and clients you want. (Individuals who make more than $150,000 per year account for more than a third of EV sales in California, according to a study by the University of California, Davis.)
On that note, buying an EV charging station speaks to a company culture emphasizing responsibility, care, and long-term commitment to sustainability initiatives. It can rally employees, partners, customers, and the public at large around desirable brand messaging and position your organization as a green leader, increasing brand visibility and loyalty.
The answer is complicated. A typical two-unit, four-port charging station could cost $50,000 or more before incentives and tax credits. But no two EV charger installations cost the same.
The difference lies in the data. Future Energy has partnered with ChargePoint, the largest network of EV charging stations in the world, to deliver a robust solution that transforms the standard EV station model and maximizes value creation through data visualization and management.
The standards will also help to ensure that these historic investments in EV charging create good-paying jobs and that EV chargers are well-serviced by requiring strong workforce standards such as Registered Apprenticeships and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP). Through the White House Talent Pipeline Challenge, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has certified 20,000 electricians through EVITP.
AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE FUTURE THAT IS MADE IN AMERICAThe Build America, Buy America implementation plan for EV charging equipment reflects the success of the Biden-Harris Administration at spurring new domestic investments in the manufacture of EV fast-charging equipment. The rapidly-expanding industry is ramping up production to make high-quality, Buy America compliant chargers, creating good jobs and helping the Unites States strengthen its leadership in clean energy manufacturing. That strategy will ensure that electric vehicle chargers purchased through the NEVI program will be assembled in the United States, effective immediately, and fully compliant with Build America, Buy America requirements for manufactured products by July 1, 2024 to support investments in the supply chain consistent with an aggressive expansion of domestic manufacturing.
Federal agencies and states are standing up processes to implement and track Made in America requirements to ensure that federally-funded infrastructure projects use American-made iron, steel, construction materials, and manufactured products. Our success in creating an EV charging equipment industry nearly from scratch demonstrates what Made in America policies can do to build a manufacturing base.
A recent report found that private sector investment in EVs and related infrastructure in the United States is now surpassing China and other nations for the first time. Three years ago, there was little American footprint in the advanced EV charging industry. Now, producers are making investments to establish new headquarters, facilities, or production lines to build the next generation of EV chargers in the United States. For six of these companies, these investments represent their first U.S. manufacturing footprint.
Gas stations are a business. They sell gasoline to drivers and make a profit, just like any commodity vendor. But charging for electric cars is very different. Even though it was estimated in 2020 that there are 26,000 EV charging stations with over 86,000 plugs, and a much larger number of home charging points, they are generally not a business with a few exceptions.
Imagine what gasoline would be like if everybody had a gas station at home where they filled up slowly every night for $1.00/gallon. How often would they stop at an ordinary station charging $3.00/gallon? Only in a desperate situation, or when far from home. Running a gas station would not be much of a business!
As noted, this changes when far from home, on inter-city trips. There, one must charge at public charging stations, ideally fast ones. (Not always, as many hotels offer free charging for guests, reducing some of that need, and more will in the future.)
Because charging is not a business, it has had negative consequences on charging stations. Many stations were installed thanks to government subsidies. They were often put in odd places nobody would want to charge and sit vacant a great deal of the time. Worse, because the money to build them came from sources other than the money (or lack of money) to operate them, they are often in bad repair. One of the best directories of charging stations, plugshare.com, has many stations reported as broken or offline. This even extends to the fast-charging networks, where reports of outages are common and repairs can come slowly. This is a problem for people attempting to do road trips with CCS or Chademo fast charging, since you are absolutely dependent on there being a working charger in many of the locations.
According to reports, many networks have problems, but apparently the stations operated by Plugshare have a higher reliability result. Problems are more common in networks run for other reasons, such as state-funded EV-kickstart networks and power company networks or other networks put in for political reasons rather than business ones.
That demand will lead more apartment blocks to install charging in portions of their parking lots. They will either do it because it becomes a necessary amenity to get such tenants, or in rent-controlled units and other situations, they may install it to sell electricity. Charge-where-you-park does not need to be fast charging, and as such the installed cost is lower, and charging while you sleep requires no travel or time compared to fast charging, so this will be more profitable than selling fast-charging to these customers. To top it of, night power can be 1/3rd the price of the daytime power needed at fast-charging stations, another big advantage for installing charging in these lots.
The need of those with surplus power to sell it is so great in the world of renewable power that providers expect power companies might well pay to install charging in these commuter spaces just so that they can be sure to sell their extra power. These stations will still work at night for people who need to park on the street and want to have electric cars.
As the market for EV charging equipment is expected to reach $2 billion by the end of 2022, the industry is growing rapidly across the planet. And compared to other manufacturing giants, the U.S. lags.
China accounted for over half of the global steel output in 2020, towering over the U.S.' 4 percent, and the Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate the market for metals used in EV chargers. Countries across Europe are also setting up networks of fast EV chargers, and market research firm Fact.MR estimated the continent is on track to hold 30 percent market share for metals used in charging infrastructure.
FreeWire told the Federal Highway Administration it can produce 140 DCFC chargers in 2022 that meet Buy American requirements, and Rhombus promised nearly 3,000 annually. And although other companies like charging manufacturer Tritium and German-based Siemens have discussed plans to produce fast chargers that meet the requirements, FWHA said in its proposed waiver that "uncertainty remains" about their ability to immediately meet demand for buy America-compliant DCFC chargers.
"Following an initial period for American EV charging manufacturing to ramp up, FHWA proposes to transition and minimize the scope of the waiver over time to ensure the maximum utilization of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States," the agency said in an emailed statement. "The comment period for the proposed waiver ended on September 30, giving States, labor, and industry leaders time to share their perspective. FHWA is carefully reviewing all of the public comments it received and will make a determination on a final waiver soon."
Whether you already drive an electric vehicle (EV) or are thinking of getting one, charging plays a critical role in driving an EV. Learn more about the available charging options and get help with choosing and installing the right charging station for your home.
Every new EV is sold with a Level 1 charging station. It can be plugged into a standard household 110-volt grounded wall outlet and usually requires no upgrade to your utility panel. A Level 1 charging station will deliver about 5 miles per hour of charge.
Level 2 might be the right choice if you drive a battery EV such as a Tesla Model 3, as these cars have larger batteries that require longer charging times. Drivers with longer commutes or who want a faster charge or a longer electric driving range should also consider choosing a Level 2 charging station.
To determine how much power will flow to your car, multiply the Volts by the Amps and divide by 1,000 (Amps x Volts/1,000). For example, a 240-V Level 2 charging station with a 30-amp rating will supply 7.2 kWs (30 x 240 /1,000). After one hour of charging, your EV will add 7.2kW X 1 hr = 7.2 kWh of energy to your vehicle.
On average, Americans drive 30 miles per day. If you want more than 50 miles of range from overnight charging, you will need a station with at least 16 amps. Level 2 residential chargers range from 16 to 80 amps.
Smart chargers connect to your WiFi and allow you to program charging from your phone and monitor your charging habits. However, most EV drivers now have the ability to control charging through their car's own app.
Select the PG&E electric rate that is best for your charging needs. You can enroll in any residential rate. The EV2-A rate is often best for EV owners because electricity costs less when you charge at certain times of day or overnight. The EV-B rate may be useful for people who want to have one electric rate for their whole house and a separate EV rate for their electric car charging. 781b155fdc