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Here in the Pacific Northwest, where we enjoy abundant, low-cost hydroelectric power, electric vehicles make good business sense and are an important piece of the region's move away from fossil fuels. Utilities, delivery and distribution companies, and even rental car companies are increasingly recognizing the benefits of electrifying their fleets for their operations.
Transportation electrification is an important and smart solution towards community carbon reduction goals. And the low cost of ownership helps make EVs accessible to a range of income levels, bringing the benefits of cleaner, cheaper transportation to more households and businesses.
In addition to the cost savings you'll get from driving an EV, you may qualify for EWEB rebates and state and federal tax credits.
You can provide convenience and affordability of driving electric vehicles for your employees and customers with a Level 2 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE or simply a "charging station"). EWEB can help you install the infrastructure needed to offer electric vehicle charging at your business location.
Additionally, an EVSE:
Installing an EVSE at your place of business can be highly variable in scope and costs. Below is an overview of the electric vehicle energy distribution infrastructure when considering the installation of an EVSE.
1. Start working with an electrician/contractor - to determine if there is sufficient electrical service such as utility transmission, distribution capacity, and electric panel capacity. Also, identify other potential upgrades that may be required to support EV charging.
If an EWEB service upgrade is needed, we can help with the costs with a loan through our Electric Service Upgrade Assistance program. This loan can also cover panels and other upgrades needed to get your site ready for your EVSE installation.
2. Evaluate an appropriate location
a. Choose a visible and easy-to-find location. Consider lighting, accessible parking, and access to the building. Be considerate of the American Disability Act when choosing the location.
b. Ensure availability of adequate electrical supply for the type of charger and minimize the distance between the electrical panel and EV charging station, as this will help reduce costs.
c. The area should have a strong enough cellular signal for EVSE users to access the station's networked features.
3. Research EVSE options to fit your needs and those of your users - considerations include manufacturers, warranties, maintenance, networking capabilities to provide online interface and access, pricing mechanisms
, and costs for the actual EVSE hardware.
4. Pricing and policies
a. Create a customer/workplace charging policy and pricing structure for your users.
b. Decide how public user interactivity and access of the EVSE will be. Several platforms allow for EVSE to be viewed and be paid online or with an app.
c. Create signage to clearly designate which parking spaces are for EV charging.
5. Install your qualifying EVSE - and receive a rebate from EWEB. Visit EWEB's $1,000 Smart Charge Rebate for commercial customers to learn more.
Entities providing public charging, including workplace, fleet, business, and multifamily may qualify for additional revenue generation through the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Clean Fuels Program. This is not an EWEB program. Visit DEQ's Clean Fuels Program website or contact OregonCleanFuels@deq.state.or.us to learn more.
The online tool helps make electric vehicle shopping easy. PlugStar helps you find the EV that best meets your needs and gets you connected with a qualified EV dealer near you.Try PlugStar
Electric vehicles mean less money for gas and maintenance and more money to grow your business. In our area, it will cost you about $3 to go 100 miles in an electric vehicle, compared to about $11 in a gas-powered car. And fewer moving parts make electric vehicles ultra-low maintenance. Tax rebates and EWEB incentives help bring the cost of ownership down even more.
Compare annual vehicle energy costs for your business with this interactive EV Explorer.
Nearly 70% of consumers say they care whether a company has a socially responsible business model. Here in Eugene, where 90% of our power comes from renewable resources, replacing your fossil fuel burning cars with clean, efficient electric vehicles is one way to lower your business carbon footprint and build your reputation as a sustainability leader.
While any electric-powered car has the potential to significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, you have a couple of electric options:
Pure Electric - Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are powered entirely by electricity-no gas and no emissions. Like all electric vehicles, BEVs can also recharge their batteries through regenerative braking. Compare emissions and costs for several models of BEVs.
Plug-in Hybrid - PHEVs have both an electric battery and a gasoline engine. They get most of their power from the electric motor, which can be plugged in to charge the battery. The internal combustion engine acts as a back-up. Compare emissions and costs for several models of PHEVs.
Hybrid - Like Plug-in EVs, hybrids have both an electric battery and a gasoline engine. However, hybrids can't be recharged from the electric grid-all of their energy comes from gasoline and regenerative breaking.
Our Greenpower program is a voluntary program that allows you to support clean, sustainable energy and encourage renewable energy projects in our local community.