As thought leaders in electric mobility, renewable energy and innovation, we
have a unique perspective. Here are some of our thoughts.
have a unique perspective. Here are some of our thoughts.
Businesses are plugging into incentives to build Pennsylvania’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (As seen in Central Penn Business Journal)
On Saturday, 10 automated drones conducted an attack on Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq plant in Buqyaq and the Khurais oil field. Saudi Aramco is the state owned oil company of Saudi Arabia, and the largest in the world. The Abqaiq plant is considered the largest plant in the world. Initial reports claim the attacks originated from Yemen and Iran may have been involved.
This is a significant event for oil markets, resulting in a 19% increase in Brent crude oil when markets opened on Monday.
Events like this highlight the lack of control many countries have in terms of energy supply and pricing. Growth in renewable energy and battery storage help, as does the Electric Vehicle industry.
A reduction in vehicle tail pipe emissions and use of oil are mostly commonly linked to sustainability and air quality. Important concerns, but energy security and stability are often missed in those conversations. Another important note, they are finite resources. There is only so much, and when it’s gone it’s gone.
An EV driver is not affected by events like this. They simply plug their vehicle in at home each night, or at work each day and pay standard electricity rates. As more clean energy like hydro, wind and solar are used along with battery storage, the electric grid continues to get cleaner every day.
More EVs + More Renewables + Battery Storage =
Cleaner Air, Cheaper Energy and Little To No Impact On Pricing From Events
Think they’re too expensive? Used EVs or Plug In Hybrids can be purchased for as low as $5k-$15k. With more low cost EVs entering the market there are even more options.
It’s been all over the news – U.S. announced it will no longer exempt countries from its oil sanctions against Iran.
This is in addition to the sanctions imposed earlier this year which significantly reduced Iran’s production.
When there is a disruption, or potential disruption to oil supply, prices change. You've probably noticed increased prices at the gas pump this week. Following these announcements, U.S. oil producers showed increases in production, which then causes prices to begin declining.
The price of crude oil is largely out of our control and is certainly volatile.
Events like this strengthen the case for a wider shift away from internal combustion engines and hydrocarbons in favor of electric transportation and renewable energy.
When thinking about EVs, the first that comes to mind is probably Tesla. The industry also includes electric buses, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, boats and construction equipment. Anything that runs on gasoline or diesel can be replaced by battery electric vehicles.
This transition is happening. As EV adoption increases, renewable energy generation like wind, solar and hydro grow with it, as does the need for energy storage (batteries)
This does not mean all fossil fuel production and usage should end tomorrow and renewables and EVs will take over. We certainly need energy to power our world today.
So, why are sanctions against Iran good for the environment? Because volatile oil prices make the shift to electric transportation and renewable energy even easier. Renewable energy generated in the United States, maintained by U.S. workers and used to power our transportation needs is not only critical for the environment, but necessary for our national interests.
EVs, renewable energy and battery storage will continue to grow in tandem, build a cleaner future, and providing greater control over domestic energy needs.
We helped a Harrisburg area business save over $5,500 on installation costs, $8,700 in equipment expenses and receive a $4,300 rebate
We spoke with a large entertainment and event business located in Harrisburg PA. They wanted to get EV Ready and attract new customers to their facility. They also wanted to generate some positive PR and demonstrate their focus on a cleaner community.
They received quotes to install EV charging equipment but it seemed expensive and they weren’t clear how to start the process.
Our team discussed the benefits, our process and the potential to receive a significant rebate from the PA Department of Environmental Protection.
They hired us and we began our needs assessment.
This business wanted EV charging, but did not need or want a high-end system, simply something reliable that would charge EVs at their facility.
Our team selected two non-networked charging stations from a leading manufacturer that met the requirements of the PA rebate program. The equipment cost was about $1,300 instead of around $10k from the other company. To be clear, there are benefits that come with a more expensive, higher end charging station. In this situation, our client did not need or want that.
If you’re keeping track, that’s about $8,700 in savings just on the equipment.
Installation is an expensive part of the project. Their options were somewhat limited due to the layout of the parking lot and building. We obtained multiple quotes for two different installation options. Previously, they were only told about one, which was a sidewalk mount. This means they did a trench through the sidewalk, run electric wiring, mount a post in the sidewalk for the charging station, and then cement the trench. $8,600
We were able to work with the electricians and develop a bespoke (highly customized) installation that was much less expensive. The equipment was mounted on the outside wall of the front of the building that also happened to be securely protected behind a fence. The total cost was $3,100, or a savings of $5,500 in installation costs.
Finally, we designed the project to comply with the PA DEP grant program. Their rebate voucher was approved for about $4,300.
This is how the ChargeForward team helps businesses get EV Ready. If we add the $8,700 equipment savings and the $5,300 in installation, that’s about $14,000 that they did not need to spend AND they received a rebate for $4,300.
We do a few other things too, like setting them up to attract EV drivers directly to their business like a magnet, 7 days a week.
If you would like our team to take a look, we would love to hear from you. We do free consultations and have a 100% satisfaction rate from our clients. Because of that, if we choose to work together and you’re not completely thrilled with our service, we’ll give you a full refund.
Simply click HERE and our team will be in touch.
Staying competitive in any business is a critical component of success. With the rise of smart phones, Google, reviews and the internet, there’s not a lot of room for error.
The hospitality industry is currently seeing some of the most significant changes in its history thanks to technology and innovation. Airbnb and HomeAway are growing at an incredible pace. Airbnb did more than
$1 billion in revenue for just the third quarter of 2018.
Fundamentals like great service, clean rooms, technology and affordability are important. All hotels strive for this, but it’s not enough. A special in-room dining experience is also a highly recommended service to add value, but how can you differentiate from your competition and take it one step further? Maybe even attract new guests directly to your location like a magnet?
A winning strategy that will allow guests to feel good about who they do business with while creating a more sustainable future is a great way to stay competitive.
There are many things that can be done to improve sustainability including:
Energy efficient lighting
Unplugging devices not in use
Purchasing electricity through your provider produced by renewable energy
And even smart thermostats
These are important first steps toward a more sustainable future, but how can sustainability help your organization stand out and attract new guests?
Electric Vehicle Charging For Your Business
If there were a way to attract more guests directly to your location while building a cleaner environment, would that be helpful?
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are the future and increasing rapidly (growth industry)
Pennsylvania is one of the top states in the U.S. for EV growth. As more of them hit the road, more charging locations are needed. EV drivers are environmentally-conscious, highly educated, and typically higher income earners. They want to feel good about where they spend their money and are always looking for places to re-charge their cars.
HOW do they find charging location?
This is the magnetic attraction part and is very exciting. They use smart phone apps and specially designed navigation systems in their vehicles to locate charging stations, and plan trips accordingly.
The lodging industry is great for this because they can charge their vehicles overnight, and be ready to go in the morning. If one location offers EV charging and another does not, they will go to where they can plug in, everytime.
How We Can Help
We guide businesses like yours through the process of getting what we like to call EV Ready, and we have a 100% success rate.
There are also grant programs in multiple states right now that greatly reduce the total costs. For an example, check out our case study on how we helped a Harrisburg PA business.
We created ChargeForward to directly increase EV usage, build a cleaner environment, promote EVs and renewable energy technology, and help businesses use it as an asset to attract more customers.
As leaders in the industry, we have significant industry contacts and we’re advocates for sustainability and electric mobility. ChargeForward serves on multiple public and private organizations internationally.
If you would like us to take a look at your location for a no cost consultation, simply click HERE and our team will be in touch shortly.
As we mentioned, we are proud of our 100% customer satisfaction history. Because of that, if we decide to work together and for some reason you’re not 100% satisfied with the ChargeForward Team and the work we do, let us know and we will give you a full refund of our Consulting Services.
You may recall a children’s cartoon in the early 90’s called Captain Planet and the Planeteers. For those who don’t, it was an eco-themed cartoon featuring important topics including recycling, overconsumption, and pollution. Each episode had an important message. The Planeteers had solar powered vehicles with battery storage like the eco-cycle. Each episode ended with Captain Planet saying “The Power is Yours.”
The issues of sustainability and renewable energy are not new. They were also not new when this children’s cartoon came out. Yet as we begin year 2019, it seems as though a large number of people still do not seem to understand its importance. Climate Change is an issue. Pollution is an issue, as is deforestation, declining animal populations, filling our planet and oceans with plastic and the burning of fossil fuels for energy.
My question is, what seems to be holding us back? If there is a better way of doing something, why aren’t we doing it?
We are moving in the right direction, and 2019 is going to be an exciting year but we have not had the progress needed since we first began studying climate change and greenhouse gases in the 1800’s, modern research which began in the 1970’s and since the release of a children’s cartoon in the 90’s.
Technology is increasing every day and is already able to solve many of these problems. We have biodegradable packaging as plastic alternatives, renewable energy, electric transportation and much more.
With just transportation, we are seeing significant innovation in electric buses, cars and bikes. Battery technology is improving and lithium alternatives are being tested. Ranges are getting longer and charge times are becoming shorter. Significant investments in hydrogen are showing there are multiple ways to replace fossil fuels.
Protecting our planet, reducing climate change and building a more sustainable future can and will happen. It’s happening now and is too important to be a partisan issue in Government. We all lose each day progress is slowed.
Significant capital and very smart people are working hard to solve these problems. I think we should celebrate that. Perhaps it’s an education and outreach campaign, or curriculum in schools. Maybe it’s a TV series showing the important work being done, or a cool cartoon showing why this is so important for us all.