How to Participate in MinnEVolves
To participate in MinnEVolves, simply submit a ZEV Action Plan sharing steps you’ll take, participate in a community of peers to share learning, and report on progress. An overview of ZEV Action Plan elements included by MinnEVolves participants follows below.
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Cleaner Commutes. Cleaner Campus.
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ZEV Action Plan
Leading companies are providing a growing roster of employees options for charging EVs at work. Employees who can charge at work are more likely to purchase an electric vehicle, and workplace charging is a particularly important option for employees who may not have a charge site at home.
Charge Station Location
Charge stations can be placed in prominent locales or simply be integrated into existing parking structures. Employers have experimented with a variety of charging placement options.
A Portfolio Approach to Charging
Charging speeds range from very fast to slow, which provide a range of matches for employee needs. Fast chargers help visitors with much-needed range, while slow chargers can be integrated into parking facilities for day-long use.
Charge Station Costs
Where the appropriate power resources are in place, locating charging for employees can be a simple as running conduit to EV-dedicated outlets in existing charging garages.
EVs are cost-effective choice for tasks that don’t require large carrying capacity. Employee car share programs featuring EVs lower service costs, make keeping vehicles fueled easy, and provide important use and performance metrics for fleet managers.
Campuses that require employee shuttles are trading old diesel models for quiet, clean electric options. From 20-30 passenger vehicles and up, electric shuttles and buses are not tied to a single depot for fueling but can use a range of charge options across campus.
EVolve Fairs – Community-wide Celebrations
Companies who have had positive experience with employee-only engagement fairs are also participating in community sustainability celebrations that extend the conversation on EVs beyond the corporate campus. Community fairs help increase opportunities to build greater awareness about sustainability practices, including leadership work being conducted by the company itself.
Leading employers are offering information-only electric vehicle test drive opportunities for their employees. Often conducted during an extended lunch-time, the events save employees time in learning about the vehicles, are free from any sales pressure, and can feature a range of sustainability options in addition to EVs.
Offering a portfolio of charging options for employees is a powerful way to encourage ZEV use. Slow charging in garages to faster charge options for visitors and those needed a quick energy boost ensure that employees can find a charge option that meets their needs.
Some companies are offering their own incentives for employees to purchase EVs while others are partnering with car companies, local dealers, state programs and local utilities to offer special vehicle deals for within their community.
On some campuses having assurance about where to park each day can be a major boost for employees. A dedicated EV-only parking area can send a strong signal about the importance of driving electric.
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