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May 4, 2020
EV Charging Construction Touch and Go During the Pandemic
Following a 34 percent increase in deployment between 2018 and 2019, EV charging station construction in 2020 has been stop and go as the pandemic grinds on. Construction delays aside, the charging industry has fared better than other areas of the energy sector and has been so far sheltered from the worst of the fallout according to reports from E&E News. The relatively small size of the industry and large pool of resources being deployed to expand the network have provided insulation from the downturn that has sent the oil industry into a tailspin and dampened vehicle demand worldwide.  

As the auto industry continues to weather the storm, there is a fair amount of uncertainty around what comes next for companies and government agencies seeking to expand charging networks. As is the case with gas stations, charging stations have seen a significant drop in usage. Charging sessions across both the EVgo and Electrify America networks have declined by more than 50 percent as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, but it’s too soon to tell what the long-term implications are for the industry. For Electrify America, a benchmark on station utilization from 2019 and the company’s early response to the pandemic are available in its recently-released annual reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. Atlas helped the company prepare these reports.

And while the retail sector has clearly been hit hard by the pandemic, companies are actively looking to what’s next to spur new business and get customers back into their stores once they’re able to do so. Hosting charging stations to attract EV drivers is one approach some retailers are exploring to give themselves an edge when normalcy is restored. In coordination with the Retail Industry Leaders Association, David Gardiner and Associates, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, we have published a new report assessing different business models for retail businesses interested in hosting charging stations.

The report found that retail business owners can greatly improve the value proposition for hosting charging stations by leveraging their ability to generate additional in-store retail sales from customers who spend time in stores while waiting for their vehicles to charge. This was the case both for retailers who owned and operated charging stations and for those who relied on a third-party owner-operator like EVgo or Electrify America. However, retailers relying on this third-party owner-operator model faced a tradeoff between limiting financial risks associated with operating the charging stations and the potential profit from operating one.

Another industry greatly affected by the pandemic, ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft also continue to receive support from local governments aiming to make it easier for drivers to use electric vehicles. Capitalizing on statewide momentum towards transportation electrification with the recent release of the updated EV Plan, Denver has released an action plan of their own. As a part of the EV Shared Mobility project, which we’re co-leading with the Seattle Department of Transportation, the city has partnered with EVgo to deploy public DC fast charging stations with the goal of encouraging EV adoption among ride-hail drivers. Last week, the company announced the completion of four new stations now available for use.  

As is the case with the EV industry, the long-term impacts of the pandemic are yet to be seen. While some companies have indicated that their electrification plans have stalled, leaders in state government and at electric utilities are determined to charge ahead. We will continue to unpack these developments for you every week and have some new projects in the pipeline that will make some of these insights more readily accessible to you.
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New Jersey Will Allocate Remaining $45 Million VW Settlement Funds to EVs and EV Charging

Strengthening the state’s transportation electrification leadership, policymakers in New Jersey announced on April 22, 2020 that the remaining VW Settlement Funds worth almost $45 million will go towards EVs and EV charging. Roughly $32.7 million of this will go towards the replacement of old diesel buses, trucks, trains, port equipment, and marine vessels with electric alternatives. New Jersey has already awarded more than $24 million to EVs across several different vehicle categories and is one of only six total states awarding funds for electric trucks. 

The new round of funding also includes an RFP for charging infrastructure through the state’s It Pay$ to Plug In worth $7.6 million. The program that has already awarded $3.2 million for both DC fast and Level 2 charging stations throughout the state. 

The RFP will be open through June 22, 2020. Read More Here

NYSERDA Adds $5 million to the Charge Ready NY Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has added $5 million to the Charge Ready NY program which offers $4,000 rebates to public and private organizations that install Level 2 EV charging stations at public parking facilities, workplaces, and multifamily apartment buildings. This announcement brings the program’s total budget to $12 million. Since launching in September 2018, the program has supported more than 1,800 charging ports, of which over 1,000 have already been installed. Read More Here

National Grid and Oregon DOT Seeking Vendors for EV Charging Programs

In Massachusetts, the electric utility National Grid in Massachusetts has issued an RFI in order to execute residential off-peak charging rebate program. The survey seeks vendors that could provide charging data from varying technologies. The Off-Peak Rebate will pay customers a fixed per-kWh rate for charging their EV during the hours of 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The survey will be open until February 28th and an RFP will be issued afterwards. 

In Oregon, the Department of Transportation is hosting a pre-proposal webinar to provide an overview of a new funding opportunity. Public agencies in the state are providing funding to upgrade and enhance Oregon’s network of 44 charging stations available as a part of the West Coast Electric Highway Initiative with new, dual-protocol, DC fast charging capability. The upgrades will allow fast charging using CHAdeMO or CCS connectors at each of the 44 sites. The pre-proposal webinar will be held on April 20th at 10:30 a.m. PST. Read More Here

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Below are current job openings in transportation electrification: If you have a job posting you would like to share with EV Hub users, please send them to us in an email at info@atlasevhub.com.
Upcoming Events

The pandemic has taught us that we can unite and take action on pressing issues. So how do we take these learnings and flatten the curve on climate change? What will it take for public transit to truly serve essential services and the public good?  Event panels will address these questions as speakers discuss long-term plans and policies to achieve our shared goals. Read more here.

May 5-6th 

This webinar will provide an overview on electric bus charging infrastructure, including different approaches to charging, installation of charging infrastructure, and understanding electric cost as it compares to conventional fuels. Read more here.

May 7th @ 2pm EST

The number of users on EV Hub is growing and the content on the platform is constantly expanding to new areas. To help new folks get acclimated and to help existing users find out about new features, we’ll be hosting an online tour/training of EV Hub. This event will occur on a quarterly basis. Anyone can join, including those who aren’t on EV Hub. 

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May 12th @ 1pm EST

As discussions in Washington DC turn to a long-term economic recovery, prospects for a substantial infrastructure bill that can also stimulate that recovery seem better than ever. Our speakers will include a cross-section of public and private sector leaders in this discussion. Speakers will discuss the transportation electrification ecosystem working together towards a collective goal for clean, affordable and equitable energy policies. Read more here.

May 12th @ 10am PST

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