Are electric vehicles really happening?

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Hal Brownstone
Green Light

With Earth Day rolling around the corner, you have to wonder if electric vehicles may be rolling right behind it.

Based on the interest we are seeing from building owners and tenants in installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, the answer just might be “yes.” 

The primary interest is in Level II chargers which typically take 3-5 hours to fully charge an electric car.  This is ideal for office building parking lots and garages, where employee cars will be sitting all day and can easily charge-up in that time period.  Level II charging stations are not that expensive … around $5,000 installed and no complex electric work required, since they run on 220-volt lines.

In fact, to make it easier for building managers to get the EV charging stations installed, we formed a partnership with Eaton Corporation and WESCO Distribution to create what we are calling “EZ-EV™.”  It is simply a one-stop-shop program to make it easy for building managers to buy and install EV charging stations.

When will the cars show up to use the EV charging stations?  A recent report by Pike Research forecasts that adoption of both plug-in hybrids and total electric vehicles will exceed 3 million between 2010 and 2015.

The trend is ever increasing, such that we put together a brief “white paper” on the growing movement to electric vehicles.

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