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Fleets & Fuels Reports from Workplace Charging Conference

CALSTART organized conference focuses on how to bring employers on board to install electric vehicle charging stations, as way to accelerate EV deployment.

Published: 15-Aug-2012

Workplace charging of electric vehicles has the potential to take the technology to the millions of potential early adopters who live in apartments and condos and can’t install their own EVSE – electric vehicle supply equipment. All that’s needed are decisions on who pays for what type of EVSE, who pays for the electricity and how, who gets first access to limited charge points, is it all taxable, who might face liability, and fair access for the disabled.

These issues and more were broached at a day-long conference at Google headquarters in Silicon Valley last week by more than 150 equipment providers, government officials, utility reps, real estate executives, and vehicle developers and manufacturers. Many of the speakers were themselves drivers of Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt and plug-in hybrid cars.

“We really do want to bring in a lot of new blood,” said David Danielson, assistant secretary for efficiency and renewables with the U.S. Department of Energy. Workplace charging, he said, represents “an opportunity to accelerate outcomes” as the U.S. strives to have electric vehicles be as affordable and convenient as gasoline vehicles by 2022.

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