EV Infrastructure Interest Group
Why this Matters
The SEEDZ EV Infrastructure Interest Group has been established to provide a structured forum and meeting venue for local organizations and practitioners focused on setting up, managing and expanding their EV infrastructure.
This interest group addresses key practices, challenges for scaling and deployment, solutions, resources, collaboration strategies and other themes relevant to this growing community of Bay Area employers. The group is helping to facilitate development of a shared knowledge base and best practices for deployment of EV infrastructure at the workplace. The group serves as a good representation of demand for workplace EV charging, and real issues faced by these organizations in deploying and managing EV infrastructure. This, in turn, becomes a useful forum for periodic engagement with government agencies, utilities, and third party service providers (suppliers) regarding solutions and approaches that are needed in the market today.
Workplace EV Infrastructure Survey
Why this Matters
Over just the past few years, a range of plug-in hybrid and full battery-electric vehicles have been brought to market by auto manufacturers. Silicon Valley has rapidly adopted this technology, and has the highest rate of EV ownership in the world. Deployment of supporting EV charging infrastructure has become a priority for many major employers in the area, local municipalities and businesses. As Bay Area companies rapidly add campus EV charging infrastructure for use by their employees, they are confronting a number of challenges including system planning and architecture, supporting business processes, organizational policies, integration with energy management systems, demand response with utilities, and interfacing with different systems and solution providers.
A key challenge is how major employers and other EV infrastructure stakeholders can deploy infrastructure that will survive and thrive into the future. A comprehensive survey was undertaken by Joint Venture in association with the Moffett Park Business Group. The survey involved local Bay Area employers that have invested in workplace EV charging solutions for use by employees. This survey focused on a diverse range of topics like current EV usage and charging stations, operations, trends, financial models, governance, third-party services integration, employee/driver engagements, and future plans. The goal was to identify common practices, challenges, and opportunities.
Key Survey Findings
The survey reveals some interesting data and trends:
- EV Charging is mostly driven by employee demand, followed by corporate sustainability and branding efforts.
- Almost all Bay area companies provide free charging to their employees and visitors. Usually charging stations are utilized for about 8 to 11 hours on weekdays. Ratios of EVs to charging stations range between 2-5 cars per station. Most stations are dual port and usually located in parking garages. Cord sharing is an increasingly common practice. EV services are usually offered over weekends as well.
- Nearly 60% of these companies engage with third parties for cloud charging solutions and services, like Chargepoint, Blink Ecotality and EV Connect. None of the participants developed in-house solutions as alternatives.
- Companies plan to increase the charging stations in proportion to their employee size.
- Typical challenges include the number of charging stations that can be accommodated within limited areas, the need to better integrate energy management with Building Management Systems, storage, renewables, and utility DR/DM programs, EV sharing employee etiquettes, registration and activation delays, and a service infrastructure that manages all these aspects for companies.
- In general organizations are looking for cost effective and efficient processes, organizational policies, smart charging programs, and solutions for integrating EV charging with building energy management, storage, renewables and utility DR/DM programs.
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