At Your Workplace

Oregon businesses are already ahead of the curve in supporting employees to make healthy, sustainable commuting choices by providing benefits like bike racks and subsidized transit passes. Now you can be a part of the next big thing in sustainable commuting: electric cars! 20 times more electric cars are expected to be on the road in Oregon by 2025.

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Providing electric vehicle charging stations at your workplace is a cost-effective way to decrease your carbon footprint while providing a great advantage for employees and your business’s bottom line.

What are the benefits of workplace charging?

For Business Owners and Office Managers:

  • Get an Oregon tax credit worth up to $30,000
  • Recruit and retain employees
  • Gain support from customers who value supporting sustainable companies

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For Building Owners:

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For Employees:

  • Get access to daily charging
  • Save money on gas and maintenance

Employees with access to electric vehicle charging are 20x more likely to drive an electric vehicle.

Get Started!

  1. Contact us: Click here to request customized information about options for your company. We’ll follow up to talk through your company’s unique setup and possible solutions.
  2. Talk with your team: download tools to help build support across your company for workplace charging.
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    Why Install Electric Vehicle Chargers at Your Workplace?
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    Drive Oregon Workplace Charging: Help your employees drive clean cars
    Now your organization can demonstrate its leadership in growing Oregon’s electric vehicle market. This informational flyer helps partners plan for charging infrastructure.

  3. Learn about incentives: State and federal incentives can help reduce or even eliminate your upfront costs. Pay before the end of 2016 when current state incentives expire.
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    The Oregon Business Tax Credit can be worth up to $30,000 or 35-percent off the cost of charging stations and installation related expenses. More information can be found at the Oregon Department of Energy’s Transportation Incentives page.

    The Federal Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit can be worth up to $30,000 or 30-percent off the cost of charging station and installation related expenses. The form and instructions to claim this credit can be found at the Internal Revenue Service’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit page. *this credit will expire at the end of 2016.

  4. Pick the best equipment for you: There are a wide variety of different technologies and chargers, and we can help you figure out the best options for your business.
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    Contact a charging representative directly for more information about their product.

  5. Contact your utility: Before you purchase a charger, contact your utility to discuss installation.
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  6. Learn what’s worked for other companies!
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    Hear from organizations SolarWorld, HP, and OpConnect on what workplace charging has meant to their employees and why they chose to support their employees electric commute.

Already have workplace charging? Join the Workplace Charging Challenge!

Drive Oregon is proud to be the nation’s top partner for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge. The Challenge is working to increase the number of employers offering workplace charging by tenfold in the next five years. Join the many other Oregon companies who have already joined the challenge! Ready to join the Challenge? Contact us today! Be recognized for your commitment to sustainability for your employees, business and the beyond.

Want more information? Dig deeper into our other resources:

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Plug-in Electric Vehicle Handbook for Workplace Charging Hosts
This handbook focuses on the needs and interests of employers, helping them to determine whether workplace charging is right for their organization and offering solutions to workplace charging program planning and implementation.

Non-Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Costs 
Looking for a summary of the costs associated with installing electric vehicle stations at your office or commercial business location? This guide created in 2015 by the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office has a great summary of the likely costs and other good resources to use when planning an installation.

Charging Where You Work: A Guide for Expanding Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
This handbook by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency explains the benefits of workplace charging as well as key planning steps for employers to consider when installing charging infrastructure.

Best Practices for Workplace Charging
This report by CALSTART focuses on solutions for charging infrastructure at the workplace such as how to install and implement workplace charging, employer policies and case studies.

Workplace Charging – A How-To Guide
This short pamphlet by ChargeNY is a good guide for employers looking for guidance to get started on workplace charging projects and covers the whole process and questions that typically arise.

Workplace Charging Policies Best Practices Guide
This guide by ChargeNY comes out of a review of workplace charging policies from around the country and highlights some key policies that have shown that they can work well in a range of workplaces.

Best Practices for Commercial Site Owners
This guide by ChargeNY focuses on best practices for retailers, hotels, restaurants, tourist destinations, and other commercial establishments that want to install charging stations for their customers, employees, and visitors. It addresses a number of common questions and tries to simplify the process for these site owners.

Best Practices for EV Charging Station Installers
This guide by ChargeNY reports the results of a survey of experience EV charging station installers in New York State and identifies a number of opportunities for cost and time savings and better customer service in the installation of charging stations.

Plugging in at Work: How to Effectively Install, Share and Manage EV Charging Stations This report by the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative provides case studies, and a guide to getting workplace charging at an organization along with other great information.