With electric vehicle (EV) usage on the rise, workplaces are increasingly offering EV charging to their employees. The success of such programs relies on implementing a station design that fits both employer and employee needs. Energetics’ Margaret Smith prepared a report on this topic for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. Level 1 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at the Workplace is now available on the Office’s Workplace Charging Challenge website.
The report describes the two scenarios for employers offering Level 1 charging: making a Level 1 electrical outlet available or providing Level 1 equipment for EV charging. A comparison between Level 1 and Level 2 charging is also included, as well as sample employee fee structures for employers who want to recoup their costs for offering workplace charging. The report also examines Workplace Charging Challenge Partners that are currently offering employees Level 1 charging, discussing why they chose Level 1 and how it is working for them.
Telefonix, Inc., is currently working on a PowerPost electric vehicle charging station product line focusing on low-current solutions for commercial parking lots. The manufacturing and management company accredits Ms. Smith’s report for supporting their team’s belief that low-current charging at the workplace is an important aspect of the PowerPost infrastructure future.