At Your Workplace

Workplace Charging ChallengeDrive Oregon is proud to be an Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge. This collaborative initiative encourages an increase in the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging by tenfold in the next five years.

Ready to take the pledge to become a Workplace Charging Partner? Or interested in learning more about bringing electric vehicle charging to your workplace? Contact us today!

Why Provide Charging?

Employees who drive clean zero emission vehicles to work should be supported. It’s the right thing to do, and provides a number of benefits to your company.

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Demonstrate Leadership. By providing workplace charging you show leadership in supporting sustainable, cutting edge, transportation options. This kind of demonstrated leadership can earn positive publicity and help others recognize the value of a workplace charging for their organizations. Drive Oregon and the Department of Energy promote the success of your efforts to the broader community.

Encourage Employee Satisfaction. Workplace charging is a service that many employees will highly appreciate. Whether provided as an amenity or at a small fee, being able to charge at work will keep current electric vehicle drivers happy. It will encourage new drivers to consider an EV for their next purchase, who can confidently move forward knowing they can plug in at work.

Attract and Retain. Employees are always looking for forward-thinking companies that stay on the leading edge of technological development. Workplace charging infrastructure can be one way that your company can demonstrate your support for zero emission mobility while providing a valued service for your employees.

Sustainability. Driving an EV reduces your employee’s dependence on fossil fuel and helps contribute to cleaner air for our community. There are certifications that take workplace charging into consideration when assigning value to investment efforts. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), for instance, assigns points for charging infrastructure. Workplace charging stations can also help meet goals set by your local or regional government related to transportation commute options for employees.

Workplace Charging Challenge

EVRM7-workplace-charging-900x600pxMake a commitment to Workplace Charging and receive recognition from the US Department of Energy and Drive Oregon.  Our role, as an ambassador, is to help employers access the resources and connections they will need to make offering on-site electric vehicle charging as simple as possible!

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The US Department of Energy has launched the Workplace Charging Challenge, with a goal of achieving a tenfold increase in the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging in the next five years.

As part of the Workplace Charging Challenge, DOE is calling on America’s employers to sign the Workplace Charging Challenge Pledge as “Partners” to make a bold commitment to provide PEV charging access to their workforce. Drive Oregon enlisted as a Workplace Charging Challenge Ambassador in June of 2013 with the goal to support, and promote partner organizations workplace charging efforts.

Partners who sign the Workplace Charging Pledge will:

  • Commit to assessing employee charging demand and developing a plan to install charging stations.
  • Take action by implementing a plan to install charging stations for their employees.
  • Share progress on achieving plan milestones over time, as well as best practices.

Oregon’s Workplace Charging Challenge Partners

 

Ready to take the Pledge?

Participating organizations will signal their commitment to workplace charging by signing the Workplace Charging Challenge Pledge. The Pledge calls upon America’s employers to act as “Partners” and make a bold commitment to provide PEV charging access for their workforce. If your organization is interested in learning more about the Pledge, please contact zach@driveoregon.org.

Resources

Facts, handbooks, and other information to dive deeper into Workplace Charging.

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Drive Oregon Workplace Charging: Video case studies

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.

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.

Current State and Federal Incentives to Lower Cost of Installations
Employers can take advantage of tax incentives to offer workplace charging; Drive Oregon’s Incentives listing provides up-to-date information on current programs available.

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.

Contacts

Get your project started by contacting your local electric utility and choosing a charging equipment supplier.

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Utilities:

Portland General Electric http://www.portlandgeneral.com/
Pacific Power https://www.pacificpower.net/

Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Suppliers:

ABB
Andy Bartosh
(262) 785-3496
andy.j.bartosh@us.abb.com
http://www.abb.com/
Car Charging Group 
Amy Hillman
(503) 234-7826
AHillman@carcharging.com
http://www.carcharging.com/
ChargePoint
Dan O’Shea
(206) 920-1477
dan.oshea@chargepoint.com
http://www.chargepoint.com/
ClipperCreek
Barry Woods
(503) 504-6492
barry@clippercreek.net
http://www.clippercreek.com/
OpConnect
Nathan Isaacs
(503) 477-5742 ext. 216
info@opconnect.com
https://www.opconnect.com/
SemaConnect
Eric Smith
(425) 429-3343
eric.smith@semaconnect.com
http://www.semaconnect.com/
Schneider Electric (877) 778-2733 (888-SquareD)
EVlinkNA@Schneider-Electric.com
http://www.schneider-electric.com/
Shorepower Technologies
Alan Bates
(503) 892-7345 ext. 702
abates@shorepower.com
http://www.shorepower.com/

Electrical Contractors & Project Support:

EC Electrical Construction Co.
Pat Schellerup
(503) 220-3599
PatS@e-c-co.com
http://www.e-c-co.com/
EV Connect (888) 780-0062
info@evconnect.com
http://www.evconnect.com/

If you would like to be added to any of the above lists, please contact us.