In 2018, a shocking report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that greenhouse gas emissions were at an all-time high, and the international community must take drastic steps to limit warming of 1.5°C, or 2.7°F, above pre-industrial levels. Limiting the global temperature increase by 2030 would reduce the impact on ocean sea levels, “once in a lifetime” storms, infrastructure, and human health. Now, fossil fuels are on their way out, and renewable energy is on the rise.
According to the EPA, transportation made up 28% of all US emissions in 2018. This includes carbon emissions from commuting, traveling, and transporting goods. Until now, drivers have switched to electric cars for personal use, because they wanted to decrease their individual carbon footprint. But while a single person can take steps to source locally or buy an electric car, the biggest impact is made by corporations. Here are two ways that businesses are changing the world through electric vehicle charging.
Electrification as an amenity
There are two reasons why companies and government facilities install EV charging stations. The first is that customers and employees want to charge their vehicles. Businesses often go electric in response to requests from individual drivers. In a way, this step is about marketing or human resources. EV drivers want to charge while they work, shop, or sleep, and they choose to spend money with businesses that offer these amenities. Usually installed at the front of a parking lot or parking garage, charging stations are one of the most visible green actions that a commercial property can take. Electric car charging amenities can encourage customers to revisit a store or accept a job offer because they know they can depend on that business to support their needs. In this way, EV charging stations help businesses stand out from the competition and increase sales.
Electrification as a corporate value
The second reason why organizations install charging stations is that they are changing their own internal processes. According to the 2017 Carbon Majors Report, over 70% of all greenhouse gas emissions came from just 100 companies. This shocking statistic, combined customer demands for corporate sustainability, has pushed major companies to act.
Leading corporations have already started to transition their fleets. Amazon is switching to electric delivery vans from Rivian. Anheuser-Busch is switching to both electric and hydrogen delivery trucks. The US Postal Service is even considering plug-ins for its next generation of delivery trucks! Finally other companies are combining their green plans, adding new solar panels and electric fleets at the same time, so they can use more clean energy at their facilities.
Managing your electric fleet
Fleet managers know that smart technology is essential. SemaConnect’s new Series 7 charging station makes it easy to manage your electric fleet. Through the SemaConnect fleet management platform, each dedicated station can be assigned to a specific vehicle and charge card. If a driver is late plugging in, you can receive a notification that tells you which vehicle is missing. Fleet managers can schedule charging, you can take advantage of off-peak or partial peak electricity rates. And reporting features on the SemaConnect management platform allow you to download reports on usage and carbon offset when it’s time to build your organization’s annual corporate sustainability reports.
Electric vehicles and reducing emissions started with individual drivers, and now businesses and governments are stepping up. Ready to get started with your EV fleet? Click here to request your quote for your charging stations.