According to the US Energy Information Administration, between both residential and commercial sectors, consumers in January 2019 used approximately 1,429,000 barrels of petroleum products per day. That’s a 54% increase over our annual average consumption levels just 5 years ago! The need to use alternative energy sources continues to grow, and many consumers are electing to help the cause by using electronic vehicles (EVs).
The technology and engineering behind EVs is getting better every day. Newer EV models have better fuel economy and longer lasting batteries than early models. For example, the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) has a combined city-and-highway fuel economy estimate of 47 miles per gallon compared to its conventional model’s estimate of 33 miles per gallon. Consumers can access the US Department of Energy’s website to help measure and compare the estimated mileage and annual fuel costs of many EV and conventional models.
Here’s a quick explanation of the three main types of EVs:
- Hybrid Electric Vehicles, or HEVs, are powered by a combination of conventional petroleum fuel and electricity. The batteries in these vehicles are continuously re-charged using the vehicle’s braking system. The combination of the two creates an overall fuel efficiency for the vehicle.
- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, or PHEVs, are also powered by a combination of conventional petroleum-based fuel and electricity. With a PHEV, the battery is recharged both by the braking system and also when the consumer plugs into a recharging station. These vehicles can operate on electricity alone for 10 to 40 miles before using conventional fuel.
- Battery Electric Vehicles, or BEVs, are powered only by electricity and must be recharged at a charging station. One charge can power the vehicle for 100 miles or more.
With more consumers needing to power up their vehicles with electricity, having an EV charging station can be a significant benefit to your business. Not only does it show your focus on being environmentally conscious (or being a “green” business), it’s a great way to bring more consumers to your door. In fact, in October 2018, the Edison Electric Institute reported that more than 1 million EVs were traveling our roads in the United States, and are projected to grow to 18.7 million in 2030. That’s a lot of consumers that could be seeking out your business to refuel their vehicles!
So how do you get started?
Providing an electronic charging station may seem daunting to business owners, but we’re here to help make it easy!
The Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition is proud to partner with Pacific Power to bring information and resources to businesses to make adding an EV power station easy and affordable. With Pacific Power and their partners, you can obtain an on-site feasibility analysis to install charging stations at workplaces, multi-unit properties, municipal locations, or new construction. Pacific Power also offers grant-funding programs to help businesses provide EV charging stations and make it more convenient for consumers to use this renewable energy source.
Want to learn more about this alternative energy opportunity?
Visit us at the Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition today! The Coalition works to enhance the livability and sustainability of Rogue Valley residents.