Georgia Calling For More Workplace Charging Stations

JUN 30 2014 BY MARK KANE 16

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Georgia, which is second only to California in number of electric cars, is preparing to support workplace charging infrastructure installations as a critical step to encourage people to buy EVs. Having charging points on the parking lot while working virtually doubles the range.

According to the source article, in the last two years, approximately 3,000 zero emission and low-emission vehicles were bought in Georgia and the total number of EVs registered in the state is near 6,000.

“During that debate Atlanta’s CBS affiliate, WGCL, reported that 3,000 zero emission and low-emission vehicles had been purchased in Georgia within the last two years. And state Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols said on the website Solar Energy USA in January that even though Georgia is the fourth-largest U.S. market for the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle, only 5,985 electric vehicles were registered in the state, compared to almost 7 million gasoline vehicles.”

But other sources like ChargePoint’s press release state that the actual number is much higher – over 7,000 at the end of 2013, which now after another six months could be closer to 10,000.

“In Q4 of 2013, Atlanta saw the sale of over 3,000 EVs – a 52% growth rate and the fastest in the nation. At the end of 2013, there were over 7,000 EVs on the road in the state.”

EV sales in Georgia are driven by the states $5,000 incentive, on top of the $7,500 federal tax credit. Those incentives have recently been saved from cessation and now something additional for infrastructure is in the works:

“Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration is formulating incentives to encourage construction of charging stations, which run about $15,000 each, installed. But Georgia employers like Coca-Cola, Georgia Power, Cisco Systems and TOTO USA have already done it, either because their workers requested it or because of a corporate environmental goal. Coke has the most stations with 85, all in Atlanta.”

Sarah Olexsak, coordinator of the Workplace Charging Challenge at the U.S. Department of Energy, stated:

“We love workplace charging because it is an incredible benefit of work. Plus, the company parking lot serves as a showroom where owners convince their co-workers to consider electric cars.”


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“Georgia, which is second only to California in number of electric cars” … in terms of monthly sales, or total registered PEVs?

Asking as Washington state was #2 behind California up to 4th quarter of 2013 in sales. For Georgia to jump to #2 in total PEV registrations would mean major sales numbers. It is possible, but have not seen any data to confirm.

Nice to see the magic of Georgia’s $5000 incentive. 😉

WSJ article June 2, 2014 listed Atlanta as #2 EV market 12 mos ending March 31,2014 IHS data based on % of total vehicle registrations (2.15%).
SFO – 3.33%. SEA – 1.83%.

No, Georgia zoomed ahead of us. We’re #3 now, I think.

If you get the lease and take the tax-credit . . . it is pretty much a free car.

“Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration is formulating incentives to encourage construction of charging stations, which run about $15,000 each, installed.”

Seems too high for L2 charging, and too low for L3 (typically $50k installed).

This case study of 20 workplace installations suggests costs are typically $3000 to $5000.

“The total cost per installation and the total cost to the organization varied widely depending upon the type of equipment. Cost ranged from $1,500 to $30,000. Many respondents commented that the cost varied based on the level of charging and specific site conditions. As seen in the reported “challenges” (Table 5), installation cost remains a major concern to many organizations. Many companies received grants to install their charging stations so their cost was considerably lower than the actual retail cost. It was difficult to calculate average costs because various organizations interpreted the survey question differently. However, the most frequent response to the question of cost was a range of $3,000 to $5,000 per unit, which is in line with other estimates.”

It would be much more effective (and companies would get much more bang for the buck) by installing around 20%/80% Level 2/Level 1 charging at work. J1772 limits L1 to 12 A, which is 5 miles per hour of charging for any ev. That’s 40 miles in an 8 hour work day. L1 in combination with a few L2 evse’s, for “premium” charging, would satisfy almost every need, and probably 10 L1 outlets could be installed for every L2 evse. Otherwise, people are done charging by lunchtime, and although employees have set up elaborate messaging systems to organize car swapping, that’s unsustainable in the future.

You think people are still going to be swapping cars at lunchtime 5 years from now?

I think Georgia should spend some money building a system of a few hundred Level Three Chargers in all the major towns and some of the rural ones to allow the EV’s to filter out of the major cities.

Workplace Charging….. Okay……

It doubles the effective EV range, according to the article,

How nice, a bunch of brand new baby EVs stretched out, all in a row, with their umbilical cords still attached.

How about this ? Let’s cut the EV umbilical cord and replace it with no electrical cords at all, otherwise known as inductive charging ??

Inductive chargers everywhere means you can charge while shopping, eating at your favorite restaurant or shopping at Wal-Mart, Costco, etc.

No Cords !!!

Return to the house with a full charge…

Range anxiety, what ???

Why spend thousands extra when EVs are already too expensive as is? And wireless charging loses energy. If people want to install it at their homes, fine .. . but for now, it is just not a priority when wires work just fine (and more efficiently).

Workplace charging. Sigh. They need to focus on solving the apartment EV problem. Workplace charging is a poor solution and probably won’t incent that many buyers. Typical myopic policy.

Most apartments have parking places, Just install a few inductive chargers in the parking slots to keep the EV crowd happy.

Cords and exposed charging equipment subject to vandalism are eliminated.

The “I don’t have a garage.” mantra goes away with inductive chargers in the parking lot.

Most agree, it will take some time for all this to happen. But, contrary to popular opinion, there are no great technological obstacles preventing this. The technology is there.

It took time to build up the gasoline infrastructure. Most likely, it will take some time for an EV friendly infrastructure to develop.

I love those charging stations with solar PV roofs . . . because that REALLY WORKS. Considering nights, weekends, working hours, etc. . . . those solar PV awnings probably generate at least as much energy drawn out by those chargers over the course of a year.

My employer, SunTrust bank, has eight solar-powered charging stations at their new garage in Virginia. I charge my Volt, which saves me the expense of charging at home on weekdays. Unfortunately, I am the only person out of the 2,000+ at this location using these stations. They have been sitting there unused, except for one, for 1 1/2 years now.

Have you suggested an EV or PHEV to some co-workers? Or is this a part of Virginia that thought Eric Cantor was much too liberal?

Mr Kane, Two things…
1. It would be good to see stories on how employees convinced their employer to add charging stations. It may give others ideas on how to achieve the same.

2. The picture of EVSEs at Nissan incorrectly states it’s location. That picture is at Nissan’s North American HQ in Franklin, TN. The plant that assembles US Leaf’s is in Smyrna, TN.

I’m one of those Coca-Cola employees in Ga., and I can tell you that most of our charging is 120V outlets at reserved parking places, there are a few L2s for emergencies but L1 works just fine. I can also confirm that Leptoquark is correct, it is more cost effective and it greatly accelerates EV ownership uptake. We are also on our way to a decent DCQC network thanks largely to Nissan, check Plugshare. We have one of the longest average commutes in the nation and lots of my coworkers wouldn’t be able to do it without workplace charging, so I’m really proud of my employer for stepping up.