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EVBox: As electric vehicles gain momentum in the U.S., nearly 4 in 5 EV drivers say there are not enough charging options at work

June 08, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

EVBox: As electric vehicles gain momentum in the U.S., nearly 4 in 5 EV drivers say there are not enough charging options at work

 

 

 

Businesses that step up to provide charging stations and electric cars for employees will accelerate the nation’s shift to emission-free EVs and make themselves more attractive to potential hires, according to a report by Ipsos and EVBox Group.

 

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., June 8, 2021 — Despite major government policy and auto industry developments aimed at helping more U.S. drivers switch to electric vehicles (EVs), most EV drivers (78%) say they don’t have enough options for charging their cars at work.

 

Only 22% of EV drivers say there are always enough charging stations where they work, and 43% say there are no chargers at all, according to a report from market research firm Ipsos and EVBox Group, a leading global provider of EV charging solutions.

Businesses that step up to support EV drivers — by adding EV chargers at their locations and offering all-electric company cars to employees — will be more attractive to potential hires. They will also have the opportunity to make a huge impact on their employees, society, and the planet, according to findings of the EVBox Mobility Monitor, which surveyed over 2,000 U.S. residents nationwide in February 2021.

Making an impact

When employers offer workplace charging, EV drivers are more eager to stick with EVs. Two-thirds (67%) of EV drivers say workplace charging would make them more likely to buy another EV as their next car.

Attracting talent

More than half of EV drivers (57%) say employers that offer EVs as company cars would be more attractive to work for. Mainstream automakers recently have begun making it cheaper for employers to do so by rolling out more affordable EV options.

EV drivers and workplace chargingWho are workplace EV drivers?
  • 56% of EV drivers are employed full-time, compared to 37% of all U.S. residents.
  • 10% of EV drivers received their EV through their company.
  • Only 23% of EV drivers charge their EVs at work–compared to the 73% who charge mostly at home.
EV charging makes employers more attractive

State of workplace charging

  • Currently, 4 in 10 EV drivers say that their company has a sustainability vision in place and offers them the choice of an EV when selecting a company car.
  • That said, EV drivers want more employer support for EVs: 45% would like to see more regular chargers (AC) at work and 33% want more fast charging (DC) stations.
  • EV drivers not only want more workplace charging, but a majority (6 in 10) expect charging to be free for company cars as well as private vehicles.
Incentives help — but businesses and drivers need more 

Businesses are critical to the development of a robust national EV charging network. Federal tax credits and other incentives help companies afford to install the EV infrastructure that drivers need and spur them to act quickly, before credits run out.

Some tax credits and rebates are already available to help businesses add EV chargers at workplaces and to help drivers reduce the cost of buying an EV. President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which calls for 500,000 new public charging stations by 2030, would significantly expand and extend these incentives. If Biden’s plan becomes reality, it would help the U.S. leverage the full influence and power of the business community to accelerate widespread EV adoption and its benefits for people and the environment.

Findings from the EVBox Mobility Monitor confirm that U.S. drivers want employers to make it easier for them to switch to EVs. Companies can help by adding EVs to their business car options and installing sufficient EV charging infrastructure at workplaces throughout the country. The expanded incentives for businesses and EV drivers in President Biden’s plan would empower the U.S. to make tremendous progress toward a sustainable transportation future, but much more can be done. Kristof Vereenooghe (CEO of EVBox Group)

 

About the EVBox Mobility Monitor
EVBox Group works with Ipsos annually to assess EV adoption in Europe. This is its first U.S. report, which represents the opinions of n=2,002 U.S. residents, including 100 EV drivers and 749 potential EV drivers (respondents who indicated they will most likely or definitely opt for an EV next time they purchase a car). EV drivers include hybrid, PHEV and BEV drivers.
For more information about the Mobility Monitor report, EVBox or Ipsos, contact Katelyn Hojeibane at katelyn.hojeibane@evbox.com.

Founded in 2010, EVBox Group empowers forward-thinking businesses to build a sustainable future by providing flexible and scalable electric vehicle charging solutions. With its extensive portfolio of commercial and ultra-fast EVBox charging stations, as well as scalable charging management software engineered by Everon, EVBox Group ensures that electric mobility is accessible to everyone.

EVBox Group is a leader in R&D, with facilities across Europe and North America developing groundbreaking electric vehicle charging technology. With offices across the globe, including Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Munich, and Chicago, and strong foundations in dozens of markets, EVBox Group is working to shape a sustainable future of transportation.

 

EVBox’s next generation of commercial EV charging arrives in North America

November 18, 2020

EVBox’s next generation of commercial EV charging arrives in North America

Leading global provider of smart charging solutions for electric vehicles introduces EVBox Iqon to improve EV charging infrastructure for public and semi-public parking spaces.

Libertyville, Ill. – Electric vehicle (EV) charging hardware and software company EVBox announced today that its award-winning Level 2 commercial charging station, EVBox Iqon, has received UL-certification and is available for installation across North America. Designed specifically for the scalability needs of the North American market, Iqon alleviates many of the common problems faced at EV charging locations at shopping centers, hotels, parking facilities, or workplaces and improves the EV charging experience for drivers and operators alike.

With its North American headquarters in Libertyville, Illinois, EVBox is bringing its experience and leadership in the European EV market to the U.S. and Canada, specializing in high value, flexible and reliable charging equipment at competitive price points. Backed by ENGIE, EVBox has already installed more than 150,000 charging ports across more than 70 countries and is committed to a future of EV charging. In Europe, it is the sole supplier of public charging infrastructure in cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Monaco.

“By creating Iqon for the North American market, we are expanding our AC charging options and directly responding to the rapidly growing EV charging needs in public spaces across the U.S. and Canada,” said Mark Henderson, vice president of Sales and Marketing, EVBox North America. “We are here to help meet the growing demand for reliable EV charging at work, retail, and hospitality locations with a flexible and adaptable option. With more than 20 million electric vehicles expected to be on U.S. roads by 2030, we want to ensure drivers can find charging as easily as they can find a parking space.”

Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) interoperability is a central pillar across all EVBox chargers, including the new Iqon, giving users the freedom to choose the right hardware and software combination for their needs and the flexibility to change their EV charging set up at any time without having to replace their hardware. The ability for customers to choose between vendors promotes competition in the market, which stimulates innovation and fair pricing. EVBox North America is a founding member and first certified hardware manufacturer of the Open Charge Alliance.

Key benefits of Iqon

Designed to balance form and functionality, Iqon provides an accessible, intelligent, and reliable EV charging experience. It has also been recognized with a 2019 Red Dot Award, 2019 iF Design Award 2019, and as a 2019 CES Innovation Honoree.

  • User-centric, attractive design

    • Durable, sleek design – Stainless-steel housing enhances nearby buildings and surroundings and ensures Iqon will last over the years.

    • LED light guides – EV drivers can easily identify charging locations so they can quickly find a spot to park and charge, and once charging, colored light rings display the status of each charging session.

  • Accessibility

    • Smart Cable Management – Iqon’s auto-locking cable management system uses counterweights to make cables lighter and easier to pull, while also ensuring they never drag on the ground.

    • Wheelchair Accessibility – Iqon is ADA-compliant, keeping all of its access points (charging cables, touch screen) easy to reach from any height and intuitive to use.

  • Flexibility and adaptability

    • Easy set up – Out-of-the-box installation and Bluetooth commissioning via the EVBox Connect app ensures Iqon is always easy to set up.

    • WiFi and 4G/LTE capabilities – Iqon is always connected to the Cloud, allowing for remote station monitoring, adjustment of charging rates, control over user groups and access, and wireless software and firmware updates.

    • Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) compliant – Iqon is built for flexibility through interoperability. Iqon is also integrated with many top North American charging management software providers and can be configured with any other similarly OCPP-compliant EV charging network.

Energy savings and tracking

An important feature of Iqon is that it can be configured in Hub-Satellite clusters of up to 20 ports (10 stations) that act as a single entity, allowing the stations to communicate and ensure the most efficient use of available energy. With a dedicated kWh meter inside every Iqon, the charger can track energy usage and schedule reductions in output with precision.

UL certification

EVBox Iqon meets or exceeds the UL testing facility’s rigorous safety and reliability requirements. The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) third-party certification is considered to be the North American standard for electronics and appliance testing. By putting products through a series of standardized performance tests, UL ensures that everything they certify is safe and reliable.

Utility rebates

The Iqon qualifies for numerous rebates and programs across the United States that can save thousands of dollars in hardware and installation costs — in some cases paying for the entire project.

For more information about Iqon and to learn about available rebate opportunities, visit www.evbox.com.

About EVBox

Founded in 2010, EVBox Group accelerates the adoption of electric mobility by bringing convenient, integrated EV charging solutions to businesses and drivers around the world. From its extensive portfolio of commercial and ultra-fast charging stations built by EVBox to its scalable, open-source charging management software engineered by Everon, EVBox Group ensures that electric mobility is accessible to everyone.

Backed by ENGIE, EVBox Group is a leader in research and development, with multiple labs and factories across Europe and North America developing groundbreaking EV charging technology. With offices across the globe including Paris, Chicago, and Amsterdam, and strong foundations in dozens of markets, EVBox Group is shaping a cleaner future of transportation.