Powering Peace Of Mind For EV Drivers At The Office

The workplace is unavoidably a source of stress. Why miss a chance for precious peace of mind at the office?

Take California’s talented workforce: the state with nearly half of U.S. electric vehicles sales is also filled with intense, traffic-filled commutes and mission-driven companies that offer extensive employee perks. These factors add up to both a facility management challenge and a human resources opportunity.

What if workplaces could offer easy EV charging without digging up the parking lot? Our Concierge ChargingTM solves the implementation headache while offering user-centered flexibility. 

Why it matters: Happy drivers, happy managers

Plugging in overnight at home is the most intuitive way to get a full charge, but for EV drivers who live in apartment buildings or need an extra electricity boost between commutes, the office is a necessary piece of the puzzle for preventing range anxiety. As the electric future continues to accelerate, workplaces will be tasked with keeping these larger volumes of savvy drivers happy and productive.

Current offerings for employee EV charging have drawbacks—drivers are usually stuck vying for limited designated parking spaces, which also takes these typically convenient spots out of commission for non-EV drivers. Employees find themselves part of distracting and elaborate group schemes to play “musical cars,” coordinating to exchange parking spots during the day and get access to chargers. These time-consuming logistics can cause stress for team members moving and re-parking their vehicles during the work day. For employers, the wasted time adds up: designated EV charging spots—designed as a perk—can be costly to companies. Consider a single dual-port charging station used by six EV owners – based on national labor averages, employers can incur 120 minutes of productivity losses daily, costing a cumulative $20,000 to $30,000 per year. A company with 200 EV drivers charging at the office can expect to lose more than nearly $1,000,000 in employee productivity on an annual basis. As EV adoption increasingly impacts the workplace, new fixed charging installations will only perpetuate productivity loss.

In corporate settings, facility managers are tasked with responding to the evolving demand of EVs at the workplace. Fixed charging locations come with time-consuming and expensive permitting, installation and maintenance costs. By the time you choose a stationary charging system, obtain the necessary permits and install the infrastructure, the EV charging needs of your facility may have already changed.

Grid electricity to feed hungry vehicles can also be very expensive, depending on the time of day and utility rate structures. A facility can pay up to an average of $30,000 in annual demand charges from installing 10 fixed, dual port EV charging stations without a battery storage system.

 

How it works: Park, tap, relax, scale

Good news: mobile energy storage can bring the charge straight to the car, wherever it’s parked. We’ve made it even easier by incorporating our flexible Mobi Chargers into our Concierge Charging service so employee EVs are charged without worry.

Mobi charging is just a tap on the app

Concierge Charging is simple. Participating drivers park at any spot and check in to FreeWire’s AMP EV Charging application to request a charge. FreeWire attendants add the vehicle to the charging queue. By the time employees are ready to leave, their cars are already charged—hassle-free. The app also facilitates status updates, attendant messaging and payment in a single seamless interface.

Flexibility and peace of mind extends to facility managers and other teams dedicated to creating an effective workplace. Concierge Charging launches without permits or costly infrastructure upgrades and scales to your needs. More EV demand? We’ll add more Mobi Chargers to your service plan. The Mobi itself is a future-proof solution—FreeWire will upgrade the technology as EV charging standards evolve, unlike outdated fixed charging stations that utilize space poorly. 

What utilizing infrastructure really means

We’ve analyzed over 100,000 records from customers who installed fixed charging stations to inform the development of Concierge Charging. Across the board, we identified significant inefficiencies from “idle time”—when fully charged vehicles are left sitting in designated EV charging spots. Among these customers, idle rates were as high as 29 percent, and up to 75 minutes were spent idle during a four-hour charging session. For EVs that need only 8kWh or less to charge, idle time can jump up to 56 percent. By targeting vehicles who need 8kWh of charge or less, Concierge Charging frees up fixed charger availability for hungrier EVs, allowing the facility to fully utilize all aspects of EV charging infrastructure.

Not only is Concierge Charging more efficient from a logistical perspective, it also provides flexibility in its payment models. Facilities managers can implement a fee structure that works best for their company and employees, like subscription models or pay-per-charge.

Large corporations like LinkedIn are taking advantage of the productivity benefits that come with mobile EV charging-as-a-service. LinkedIn launched Concierge Charging at its Mountain View campus in 2015 and has had happier employees ever since.

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