Three years ago, the U.S. DOE initiated the EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge, which established the goal of having 500 U.S. employers commit to installing workplace plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging by 2018. On December 1, 2015, U.S. DOE released its Mid-Program Review, and announced that 250 employers have joined thus far as Challenge partners. As a result of their efforts, more than 9,000 PEV-driving employees are charging at these worksites on a regular basis.
The benefits for joining the partnership are manifold. U.S. DOE provides employer partners access to personalized toolkits, webinars, workshops, newsletters, one-on-one technical assistance, and case studies. Beyond this, partner employers stand out as leaders in sustainable business, helping to contribute to harmful emissions reductions. In fact, workplace charging efforts made by partner employers eliminated 17 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions in 2015, which is equivalent to each company removing more than nine gasoline vehicles from U.S. roads.
Below are a few key highlights from DOE’s Mid-Program Review:
• Over 90% of employees express satisfaction with their worksite charging program.
• 70% of employers have received positive recognition for their workplace charging efforts and 60% have helped another employer develop a workplace charging program.
• In 2015, challenge partner employees were six times more likely to drive a PEV than the average worker.
• The majority of employer partners (80%) provide free PEV charging, compared to 20% who charge their employees a fee. However, survey responses showed similar occupancy rates of charging stations at workplaces that provide free charging and those that charge a fee.
• 85% of partners’ PEV drivers plug in at worksites where charging stations are occupied five days a week or more.
In order to help Tennessee employers gauge whether the DOE partnership is right for them, East Tennessee Clean Fuels, a DOE Clean Cities Coalition, has teamed up with TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs and other entities to create the Tennessee Workplace Charging Partnership. With a slightly lower barrier of entry, the Tennessee Workplace Charging Partnership acts as a stepping stone to the DOE partnership, bringing the initiative to the local level and engaging a new cooperative of nonprofits, state agencies, and industry partners to help Tennessee businesses learn about and place EV charging equipment onsite. For more information, check out these 6 simple steps to implementing workplace charging, as well as the one-page Tennessee Workplace Charging Partnership Agreement form.