Prepare for the Growing Demand for EV Charging Solutions
The global transition towards sustainable transportation is gaining momentum, and electric vehicles (EVs) are at the heart of this transformation. EV sales have tripled in the past three years in the United States alone, reflecting a broader trend reshaping the automotive industry. Electric Vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, supported by government initiatives, corporate innovation, and consumer interest in sustainability.
The rise of EVs presents both opportunities and challenges at the macro level and for individual facility managers tasked with energy management and sustainability. Environ, a leading energy consultant, recognizes the profound implications of this trend and stands ready to guide businesses in embracing the future of transportation.
From understanding the impact on energy demand to exploring EV charging infrastructure for your properties, this blog delves into the growing adoption of EVs and how businesses can incorporate charging stations into their energy management strategies.
The Impact on Energy Demand
Though electric vehicles reduce the need for fossil fuels by moving commuters away from gasoline, they do strain the existing energy grid. According to a Princeton study, electric vehicles will use “3,360% more electricity by 2035 than they do today”. Though it will still represent a small percentage of domestic energy use, facility managers must navigate this increased energy load, balancing sustainability and cost-efficiency. The goal is to use renewable energy sources to meet this demand, exemplified by the proliferation of solar-powered EV charging stations nationwide.
Infrastructure Changes Needed for EV Charging
Along with increasing the energy grid’s overall capacity, there are other unique approaches to the widespread adoption of EVs. Microgrids with battery storage solutions are emerging as one option. These self-contained, on-site energy systems reduce costs, improve reliability, and contribute to sustainability. One microgrid case study showed 23.4% savings in annual energy bills and 35.9% reductions in CO2 emissions. However, implementing microgrids comes with challenges, including upfront costs, regulatory compliance, and the need for technical expertise. Our energy consultants advise you on whether they’re a feasible solution for your properties.
Incorporating Charging Stations into Your Energy Strategies
Facility managers should add EV charging infrastructure to their properties to help meet the demand for public charging options. The first step is to understand the specific needs of the facility, including the number of charging stations, types of vehicles, and expected usage patterns. This is followed by a thorough site evaluation to select the optimal location based on accessibility, safety, and proximity to electrical infrastructure and on-site energy generation and storage.
We’ll evaluate the electrical infrastructure and determine necessary upgrades to support the added load and ensure adherence to local building codes, zoning regulations, and industry standards. Sustainability considerations should always play a role, with our experts exploring renewable energy sources—such as solar or wind—to power charging stations, implementing energy management strategies to optimize consumption, and reporting on environmental benefits.
Environ’s expertise in energy management can guide facility managers in this complex process, offering tailored solutions that align with individual needs and goals. The rise of electric vehicles presents an opportunity for businesses to contribute to sustainability while optimizing energy management, and Environ stands ready to assist. For a consultation with our team, give us a call or fill out our contact form.