Workplace EV charging: Lessons from sustainability trailblazers

July 14, 2020 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Workplace EV charging: Lessons from sustainability trailblazers

Workplace EV charging: Lessons from sustainability trailblazers Marsha Willard Tue, 07/14/2020 – 01:30 Businesses are reaping the environmental and social benefits of providing electric vehicle charging for employees. That’s according to research published last week by Presidio Graduate School (PGS) and ChargePoint, providers of the world’s largest EV charging network. Last fall, a research team from PGS conducted a study on workplace electric vehicle charging practices. In addition to a review of the current literature, the team interviewed sustainability leaders in 24 organizations across the United States. The findings reveal that while still most common in Europe and in U.S. coastal states, the speed of EV adoption makes creating the charging infrastructure an imperative for both the public and private sector. Leading organizations have made a solid business case for providing workplace charging and other EV related employee incentives or benefits. Below are some key findings of the study: Employers recognize that demand for charging will only grow; in many cities such as Portland and San Francisco EV charging in workplace parking lots is already both an expectation of employees and a city mandate. Business plays an important role in facilitating EV adoption; providing EV charging to employees is increasingly easy to justify to corporate executives.  Providing charging at the workplace increases employee satisfaction and makes it easier to attract and retain workers. Supporting EV commuting and investing in EV fleets help organizations meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets.  Employers are worried less about upfront costs and are thinking long-term about strategies to optimize their investment.  Key strategies to maximize benefit To get the most out of the investment in workplace charging stations, the corporation and other organizations participating in this research study focused on these four key implementation strategies: 1. Assure availability What the study participants learned is that while you may not see a lot of EVs in your parking lots now, they are coming and they catch on faster once workplace chargers become available. Bank of America, for example, saw a 50 percent increase in the number of EV commuters in just one year after installing chargers, reinforcing the theory that EV adoption is mostly hindered by a concern about being able to charge away from home. In trying to determine how many chargers to provide, the participating organizations often underestimated the demand and recommended thinking ahead when planning. Once available, chargers become an important amenity to employees. Study participants reported not only increased satisfaction with the workplace, but ncreasingly, an expectation that chargers be available making them part of nearly all our participating organizations’ recruiting and retention packages. In trying to determine how many chargers to provide, the participating organizations often underestimated the demand and recommended thinking ahead when planning. Some progressive cities such as Salt Lake City and Duluth, Minnesota  are beginning to mandate chargers in all new construction. The required number varies from 1 to 5 percent of spaces depending on the jurisdiction. Forward-thinking businesses, such as those in our study, believe these requirements are conservative and plan to expand the number of available chargers. LinkedIn, for example, which covers about 10 percent of parking spaces with EV chargers, is building toward a target of 20 percent. 2. Allow dynamic pricing Most study participants saw value in providing free charging for employees. What they have learned is that it not only builds employee satisfaction, but also encourages EV adoption. While there is a strong commitment to providing free charging, an increasing number of organizations are opting to charge fees for lingering at the stations. In an effort to optimize the use of the charging stations, it is common to assess a fee after a car has been parked at a charger for more than four hours. This is made possible by using “smart” chargers — chargers connected to a network that allows managers to not only tailor fee structures but to send alerts to users as well as monitor usage and capture greenhouse gas-related data.  3. Optimize energy management Study participants understood that the expected increase in demand for workplace charging will require more attention to power management. In addition to meeting the extra demand without over-tapping their capacity, they also want to assure the most efficient use of the charging infrastructure. Power management features available on some chargers enable site managers to maximize the number of charging ports before having to upgrade existing wiring or panels. These systems also enable management to assure that charging EVs never exceed the maximum aggregate electrical load, thus avoiding potential peak load charges. These systems also enable managers to control when and how much energy is being tapped to maximize consumption during those times of the day when renewable power is most plentiful. Organizations serious about using an EV program to lower their carbon footprints may find an increasing need to invest in renewable power. 4. Source from renewable power Most study participants power their chargers with lines from their existing building panels, so the electricity comes from the same generation source as their buildings. This is the most cost-effective method for powering the chargers, but it links the carbon impact to the generation source provided by the region’s utility. If the local utility is powered mostly by coal generation plants, the carbon savings may be negligible.  Organizations serious about using an EV program to lower their carbon footprints may find an increasing need to invest in renewable power. Amazon, for example, plans to increase its renewable energy usage from 40 percent to 100 percent by 2030 . Bank of America already sources 91percent of its energy from renewable sources and will be rolling out on-site solar generation at more than 60 of its locations in the next two years. A number of the research participants already have invested in their own on-site generation, and 55 percent report that they are looking to add or expand this capability in the future. When self-generation is not feasible, organizations have increasing opportunities to source renewable energy through their utilities.  Electrification of vehicle fleets will markedly reduce greenhouse gasses. Employers have much to gain and much to offer in this transition. Offering on-site, electric vehicle charging not only will contribute to the infrastructure needed to speed this transition, but also benefit companies that offer this amenity.  To hear a fuller story from one of our study participants, visit the recording with Erik Hansen of Workday. Pull Quote Organizations serious about using an EV program to lower their carbon footprints may find an increasing need to invest in renewable power. In trying to determine how many chargers to provide, the participating organizations often underestimated the demand and recommended thinking ahead when planning. Topics Transportation & Mobility Infrastructure Electric Vehicles ChargePoint Collective Insight Thinking in Systems Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 0 Sponsored Article Off Shutterstock Herr Loeffler Close Authorship

Original post:
Workplace EV charging: Lessons from sustainability trailblazers

Revolutionary recycled cardboard mini batteries can charge your phone in a hurry

January 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Revolutionary recycled cardboard mini batteries can charge your phone in a hurry

Need a quick charge on your smartphone ? Sick of carrying around cables and bulky chargers? Tired of searching out plugs and waiting for your phone to charge? This award-winning cardboard battery concept is disposable, biodegradable and will give you a charge for two, four or six hours. Read the rest of Revolutionary recycled cardboard mini batteries can charge your phone in a hurry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biodegradable batteries , cardboard battery , cell phone chargers , cell phone power , cell phone power design , chargers , Charging Station , environmentally friendly batteries , environmentally friendly design , mini batteries , mini cell phone batteries , mini cellphone chargers , mini power , mini smartphone chargers , portable power , portable power design , portable smartphone batteries , power design , smartphone batteries

View original post here:
Revolutionary recycled cardboard mini batteries can charge your phone in a hurry

GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

June 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

Here at Green Building 101 , we’ve looked at many ways that you can design, build, and renovate your home with more attention to your health and the environment. Now that you’ve been thoroughly educated, we’re going to dig into the nitty gritty details about items that nearly all of us have in our homes, but rarely think about with regard to energy usage and green living. Get ready for glamour—today we’re talking about plug loads. Read the rest of GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “energy star” , chargers , Electricity , electronics , energy appliances , energy use , Green Appliances , Green Building , Green Building 101 , green design , power bars , renewable energy , responsible , smartphone , smartphones , sustainable design , TV , TVs

Continued here:
GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

Society of Automotive Engineers Approves New Chargers That Will Recharge EVs in Minutes

October 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Society of Automotive Engineers Approves New Chargers That Will Recharge EVs in Minutes

The days of waiting hours to recharge your electric vehicle may soon be behind you. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)—an international body which sets technical standards in the industry—has just approved a potentially game-changing standard that will reduce charging times to mere minutes. The new DC direct charging has been developed with hundreds of automakers, utilities and equipment builders that could allow charging times to take only 20 minutes compared to the current eight hours or more from today’s charging system. Read the rest of Society of Automotive Engineers Approves New Chargers That Will Recharge EVs in Minutes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car battery , electric cars , electric vehicle charging systems , green car , green transportation , lithium ion battery , personal electric vehicle , plug-in hybrid cars , SAE

Read the original: 
Society of Automotive Engineers Approves New Chargers That Will Recharge EVs in Minutes

Boxpark to Open 2nd Shipping Container Pop-Up Mall in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam

October 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Boxpark to Open 2nd Shipping Container Pop-Up Mall in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam

Read the rest of Boxpark to Open 2nd Shipping Container Pop-Up Mall in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Amsterdam , boxpark , boxpark ndsm , Cargotecture , eco design , entertainment , green architecture , Green Building , green design , lasloods , lasloods building , mall , pop up mall , retail , shipping container mall , shipping containers , shipyards , Shopping , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

Here is the original post: 
Boxpark to Open 2nd Shipping Container Pop-Up Mall in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam

Massive LEGO Bat Cave is Lit Up with Energy-Saving LEDs

October 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Massive LEGO Bat Cave is Lit Up with Energy-Saving LEDs

Read the rest of Massive LEGO Bat Cave is Lit Up with Energy-Saving LEDs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , Art , batman , Bruce Wayne , Carlyle Livingston , comic book , energy saving lights , LED , lego , LEGO Bat Cave , Wayne Hussey

See the rest here:
Massive LEGO Bat Cave is Lit Up with Energy-Saving LEDs

New Quick-Charging Station is Half the Size & Price as Old One

September 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on New Quick-Charging Station is Half the Size & Price as Old One

Photos: Nissan LEAF Electric Car by Michael Graham Richard, Quick charging station by Nissan Smaller! Cheaper! Better! Electric cars are getting better and cheaper with each new generation, and the same applies to the chargers that allow them to recharge their batteries more quickly than by plugging them in straight in the wall electrical outlet. While this new charger (see the specs below) is made by Nissan, it is compatible with electric vehicles by other manufacturers, so everybody will benefit…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

Originally posted here:
New Quick-Charging Station is Half the Size & Price as Old One

CES 2011: Goal0’s Off-Grid Solar Power Solutions for Serious Adventurers

January 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on CES 2011: Goal0’s Off-Grid Solar Power Solutions for Serious Adventurers

Photos via Jaymi Heimbuch None of this tiny-solar-cell-stuck-to-a-jacket-pocket stuff. Goal0 has an off-grid solar charging station that is intended to keep the outdoorsy charged up while out camping. It is designed to be rugged and efficient, and it looks like a high quality solar product.

See more here:
CES 2011: Goal0’s Off-Grid Solar Power Solutions for Serious Adventurers

CES 2011: Smart Plugs and Energy Monitors from Intelligy, Current Cots, Modlet and More

January 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on CES 2011: Smart Plugs and Energy Monitors from Intelligy, Current Cots, Modlet and More

Photos via Jaymi Heimbuch The connected home is a big theme at this year’s CES, and part of that is the use of smart plugs and monitors for managing home energy consumption. There are no small number of adapters and equipment for both at the plug and meter levels on display, showing that consumers have a broadening range of options for trimming energy use. ..

Read the original post:
CES 2011: Smart Plugs and Energy Monitors from Intelligy, Current Cots, Modlet and More

Universal Cell Phone Charger Coming Soon…At Some Point…In the Maybe-Not-Distant Future…

September 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Universal Cell Phone Charger Coming Soon…At Some Point…In the Maybe-Not-Distant Future…

Photo via kalleboo A common complaint about cell phones is that there is no universal charger — if you don’t have the one that works specifically for your phone, well, you’re just out of luck when your battery dies. It’s not only a hassle for cell phone owners, but it’s a huge problem for e-waste as the chargers become useless when the corresponding cell phones are tossed aside for newer models

Read more:
Universal Cell Phone Charger Coming Soon…At Some Point…In the Maybe-Not-Distant Future…

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 5561 access attempts in the last 7 days.