To participate in MassEVolves, simply submit a ZEV Action Plan sharing steps you’ll take, participate in a community of peers to share learning, and report on progress. An overview of ZEV Action Plan elements included by MassEVolves participants follows below.
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Cleaner Commutes. Cleaner Campus.
Transportation is the leading source of greenhouse gas pollution in our state, and gasoline costs the state over $1 billion each year, 80% of which leaves our state. Electric vehicles run on power generated closed to home, meaning our energy dollars stay here, and produce no greenhouse emissions.
ZEVs are also a centerpiece in a new technology revolution in transportation that can bring new jobs to Massachusetts while making moving around in our state safer and cleaner for us all. ZEVs are a linchpin in our strategy to ensure a strong economy and better environment for the future.
If all 5.03M cars registered in MA were ZEVs, ZEV drivers could save up to $5 billion in fuel and maintenance costs not including reduced electric bills for all customers.
Examples of EV charging goals can include a dedicated EV station for security, doubling a campus’s EV charging capacity, providing indefinite free charging, and providing EV charging resources to allow employees and the community at large to learn more.
Fleets and Supply Chains
ZEV Action Plans can include plans to add plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, as well as pure electric vehicles to fleets. Participants may also focus on their supply chain by utilizing electric vehicle delivery options from FedEx, UPS, USPS, and more.
Employee ZEV Adoption & Promotion
ZEV Action Plans can include promoting ZEV adoption through hosting an annual test drive event, hosting an annual zero-emission vehicle awareness day, providing employees access to links and consumer websites to learn more, and hosting lunch and learns.
Customer and Community ZEV Adoption & Promotion
ZEV Action Plans may include customer and community engagement such as using electric buses for commuters, offering free charging to all campus visitors, hosting a ZEV test drive event or quarterly awareness event, and providing an internal plug-in electric vehicle incentive program.
ZEV Action Plan
Leading companies are providing a growing roster of employees options for charging EVs at work. Employees who can charge at work are more likely to purchase an electric vehicle, and workplace charging is a particularly important option for employees who may not have a charge site at home.
Charge Station Location
Charge stations can be placed in prominent locales or simply be integrated into existing parking structures. Employers have experimented with a variety of charging placement options.
A Portfolio Approach to Charging
Charging speeds range from very fast to slow, which provide a range of matches for employee needs. Fast chargers help visitors with much-needed range, while slow chargers can be integrated into parking facilities for day-long use.
Charge Station Costs
Where the appropriate power resources are in place, locating charging for employees can be a simple as running conduit to EV-dedicated outlets in existing charging garages. The state of Massachusetts offers a rebate program for employers interested in installing faster charging at their sites.
EVs are cost-effective choice for tasks that don’t require large carrying capacity. Employee car share programs featuring EVs lower service costs, make keeping vehicles fueled easy, and provide important use and performance metrics for fleet managers.
Campuses that require employee shuttles are trading old diesel models for quiet, clean electric options. From 20-30 passenger vehicles and up, electric shuttles and buses are not tied to a single depot for fueling but can use a range of charge options across campus.
EVolve Fairs – Community-wide Celebrations
Companies who have had positive experience with employee-only engagement fairs are also participating in community sustainability celebrations that extend the conversation on EVs beyond the corporate campus. Community fairs help increase opportunities to build greater awareness about sustainability practices, including leadership work being conducted by the company itself.
MASS Drive Clean
Leading employers are offering information-only electric vehicle test drive opportunities for their employees. Often conducted during an extended lunch-time, the events – often connected to the state of Massachusetts MASS Drive Clean campaign – save employees time in learning about the vehicles, are free from any sales pressure, and can feature a range of sustainability options in addition to EVs.
Offering a portfolio of charging options for employees is a powerful way to encourage ZEV use. Slow charging in garages to faster charge options for visitors and those needed a quick energy boost ensure that employees can find a charge option that meets their needs.
Some companies are offering their own incentives for employees to purchase EVs while others are partnering with car companies, local dealers, state programs and local utilities to offer special vehicle deals for within their community.
On some campuses having assurance about where to park each day can be a major boost for employees. A dedicated EV-only parking area can send a strong signal about the importance of driving electric.
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