4 Reasons Why Electric Vehicles Are Becoming Popular

By | Blog | No Comments

Cruising around your city, you may have noticed more electric cars on the road as well as more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations popping up—at the mall, at the movie theater, at your apartment complex, at work and more places! In New York, the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Charge NY initiative aims to install more than 2,500 new public and workplace electric vehicle charging stations by 2018.

There’s a reason why businesses and municipalities are investing in electric vehicle charging stations, and it’s because electric vehicles are a reality of our transportation future and, as a result, becoming more popular than ever.

Here are four reasons why electric cars and charging stations are our transportation future:

No 1: More people are buying electric cars

In 2008, the electric vehicle was launched for mass-market in the U.S., but electric cars aren’t just catching on here—they are having a global effect. Last year, industry experts predicted that the number of electric cars on the road globally would surpass two million by the end of 2016, leading some news outlets to proclaim “the electric car revolution is finally underway.” As with many things, it often takes a few early-adopters before things start to catch on with the general public. It’s estimated that electric cars will account for approximately 35 percent of all car sales globally by 2040.

No. 2: The federal government is making EVs more affordable

A lot of people may be deterred from an electric car because of the upfront cost. Many electric vehicles cost between $30,000 and $40,000, with Tesla’s running upwards of $100,000 or more. However, thanks to federal tax credits, owning an electric car is more economical than ever before. Depending on the type of vehicle and the capacity of its battery pack, you may be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits from the U.S. Department of Energy. There are other non-monetary incentives to owning an electric vehicle. In some states, such as California, EV owners can take advantage of HOV lane access regardless of how many people are in the car. And in general, electricity costs less than gasoline, which results in additional savings over the long-term.

No. 3: States are jumping in on the tax credits

In addition to the federal tax credit, many States are offering their own tax credit. For instance, the NYSERDA program and Charge NY initiative is offering electric car buyers the Drive Clean Rebate of up to $2,000 for new purchases. Combine that with the federal tax credit, and you could get an electric car for only $20,000! “With more than 30 electric car models to choose from, an ever-expanding fueling network of over 1,600 public charging stations across New York State, and a point-of-sale rebate on your new car purchase, there’s no better time than now to go electric,” according to NYSERDA.

No. 4: More people are environmentally conscious

More and more people are thinking twice about their environmental impact, especially Millennials and Generation X, and these numbers are supported by electric vehicle demographics, as well. More than half (55 percent) of all electric vehicle buyers are between the ages of 36 and 55. Millennials, specifically, look to do business with environmentally conscious companies and may start buying more electric cars in the next few years. In one 2014 study, 66 percent of respondents said they would be willing to pay extra for sustainable contributions.

The reasons why people buy an electric vehicle vary—some may want to take advantage of tax credits, or some may be hyper-aware of their carbon footprint, and some just don’t want to be stopping at the gas station every couple of weeks—but there’s no denying that electric vehicles are becoming more popular. As electric cars continue to grow in popularity, it will be imperative that businesses and municipalities keep up with demand and provide convenient-to-use electric vehicle charging stations, as well.

Gasoline Powered Vehicles Costs California $15 Billion Per Year – That’s a B and Per Year!

By | Blog | No Comments

A recent report from the American Lung Association states Californian use of gas-powered cars costs the state $15 billion per year in health and climate-related expenses.

The report specifies the costs of smog and climate pollution caused by passenger related vehicles.

In evaluating health care costs, researchers considered asthma related issues, hospitalizations and premature deaths.

Bonnie Holmes-Gen, the Lung Association of California’s senior director of Air Quality and Climate Change, said the health effects in California alone are staggering.

“California has some of the worst air in the country, as we know. And in order to clean up the air, and reduce community health impacts, we need to substantially reduce the emissions from transportation sources,” she said.

California policy calls for 15 percent of the cars sold by 2025 to be zero-emission vehicles.

US Electric Vehicle Sales Year to Date Through Q3 2016 Up ~40%

By | Blog | No Comments

The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), which promotes electric drive technologies and infrastructure, announced today that plug-in Electric Vehicle (EV) sales were up almost 40% year to date through September 2016.  Over 110,000 plug-in vehicles have been sold throughout the United States so far in 2016 compared to 80,000 vehicles sold through the same period in 2015.

September 2016’s vehicle sales numbers have also pushed the US vehicle population over the half million mark!  By the EDTA’s estimation, there are now over 511,000 plug-in electric vehicles gracing American roads.

With the introduction of Chevy’s Bolt and Toyota’s new plug-in Prius later this year to name just two vehicle models, you have to be believe the consumers are only getting started.


One in Six Cars Sold Need to be Electric in 2020 to Meet World’s Emissions Targets – World Energy Council

By | Blog | No Comments

According to a new study from the World Energy Council, one in six new cars sold must be electric in 2020 to meet emissions targets set by major countries around the world.

Multiple countries have emissions targets, but have yet to force automotive manufacturers to produce electric vehicles.  The emissions targets will be impossible to meet with even the most efficient internal-combustion engine vehicles alone.  A certain portion of automotive manufacturers’ production will need to be electric vehicles.

The World Energy Council study looked at emissions targets set by the United States, major European countries, and China. While accounting for improvements in gasoline powered vehicle fuel efficiency, it still concluded that at least 16 percent of cars will need to be electric. Each country has its own “EV gap” that needs to be filled with electric cars. The study estimates that 900,000 cars sold in the United States must be electric in 2020 – that’s approximately 11 percent of vehicles sold annually. China is even worse; it needs to sell approximately 5.3 million new electric cars in 2020 or 22 percent of its estimated annual sales. Europe is in the middle at 1.4 million cars sold, or 10 percent of annual sales.

The study also concludes that the biggest barriers to electric vehicle adoption is still range anxiety.

Northeast Poised for Significant EV Adoption

By | Blog | No Comments

This week the Union of Concerned Scientists and Consumers Union released results from a joint survey that evaluated what drivers in California and nine Northeast states think about electric vehicles (EVs). The survey also examined driving behaviors and vehicle perceptions to assess how many people in the Northeast or California could use an EV today.  The results from California were not terribly surprising given the number of EVs on the road today.

More than half of California drivers are likely to consider an EV in their next vehicle purchase or lease, and more than 65 percent are interested in EVs generally.

What was a little surprising was the magnitude of interest from drivers in the Northeast given the state of adoption in that region.

Surveyors found that 35 percent of drivers are likely to consider an EV for their next vehicle purchase or lease, and 55 percent have some interest in EV technology.

The results not only indicate a high level of interest in EVs, but also demonstrate that millions of drivers on either coast could use an EV today.  Further, the results found that more than 4 out of 10 households in both California and the Northeast could use an EV today, with little or no change to their driving habits and vehicle needs.


Despite the strong interest in EVs in the Northeast, the survey identified a general lack of knowledge on existing EV policy. More than three quarters of California drivers didn’t know the state offers any plug-in electric vehicle incentives, and almost 80 percent weren’t aware of the federal EV tax credit.

As an industry, we need to help get the word out about EVs!!!

A separate piece of UCS analysis found that another barrier is that there can be fewer EVs for sale in the Northeast compared to California. For example, a three month search of Edmunds.com for EVs within 50 miles of Oakland or Los Angeles yielded over 5,800 and 8,200 EVs, respectively. Conducting the same Edmunds search for EVs in Northeast, on the other hand, only resulted in 733 EVs in the Boston region and only 1,744 within 50 miles of New York City.

With fewer electric vehicles in the Northeast, car buyers will have a harder time finding plug-in vehicles to test drive and therefore not get a sense for why electric vehicles have some of the highest ownership satisfaction scores in Consumer Reports’ ratings (Tesla Model S at 97 percent, Chevy Volt at 82 percent, Nissan Leaf at 76 percent).

EV Connect has been working with New York Power Authority, New York State Energy Research Development Agency, and many other Northeast state agencies and utilities to educate potential drivers and charging station hosts.  Stay tuned for exciting news from EV Connect and New York State on this topic.

2016 Clean Car Buying Guide Released

By | Blog | No Comments

SCAQMD has produced another version of their Clean Car Buying Guide and did you know there are 20 Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) with 13 of them available for less than $35,000 MSRP.  That’s before the $7,500 federal credit and the up to $2,500 California credit.

The third annual SCAQMD Advisor Clean Car Buying Guide is now available for download on the agency’s website. Featuring articles on some of the new developments regarding alternative fuel and hybrid fuel vehicles, most of the special issue is devoted to information on the least-polluting 2016 model vehicles available for sale or lease. The information includes the size and suggested retail price of each vehicle, as well as its fuel type, battery range (for electric vehicles), and carbon footprint.   If you are interested in purchasing or leasing an alternative fuel or hybrid vehicle this year, this is a must read guide. To download the 2016 Clean Car Buying Guide, visit http://bit.ly/2016CleanCarGuide.


By | Blog | No Comments

As more and more Angelenos are opting to “drive electric,” the LADWP has updated its electric vehicle (EV) charger rebate program that seeks to expand EV charging infrastructure for the home and workplace, as well as for people on the go. LADWP also continues to foster a seamless integration of EVs into the driving experience throughout Los Angeles while ensuring we accommodate the increase in electrical demand

The $21.5 million rebate program will be in effect from March 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018, or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

Eligible customers will receive up to $4,000 for each hardwired Single Port EV charger & $4,750 for each hardwired Dual Port EV charger. One (1) Level 2 (240-volt) EV charger rebate will be available to commercial customers who have a minimum of three (3) parking spaces available to employees, customers, visitorsor tenants. One (1) additional Level 2 charger rebate will be available for every 10 additional parking spaces at the same location, business, or property. For example:

3 parking spaces = 1 EV charger rebate
13 parking spaces = 2 EV charger rebates
23 parking spaces = 3 EV charger rebates
33 parking spaces = 4 EV charger rebates

A maximum of 20 EV charger rebates will be available per business location or multi-residential property.

The above LADWP Charge L.A.! program details can be found HERE

Charge Forward with EV Connect!

Jaime Duyck | Sales & Marketing | EV Connect

Charge Ahead Colorado

By | Blog | No Comments

We’re going to keep this message short and sweet, which is right in-line with Colorado’s “Charge Ahead” program. The program was released on February 29th, 2016 and it comes to a quick end on March 31st, 2016. 

Here are the details: 

  • Level 2, Single Port Station: Rebates up to $3,260
  • Level 2, Dual Port Station: Rebates up to $6,260
  • Level 3, Single Port Station: Rebates up to $13,000
  • Level 3, Dual Port Station: Rebates up to $16,000

Here is the Online Application

Here is the Word Formatted Application (for preparation purposes only)

And here is the Application Guide

Call us today at 310-341-2180. We’ll help you develop the right EV Charging solution and we’ll help you submit your application!

Charge Forward, 

EV Connect Team

California Public Utilities Commission Approvals Southern California Edison Charge Ready Application to Expand Electric Vehicle Charging  

By | Blog | No Comments

We were excited to hear the news last week about the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) approval of Southern California Edison’s (SCE) application to expand Electric Vehicle charging in California.  This is a major step forward in achieving Governor Brown’s goal to expand clean transportation.

On Friday, the CPUC approved a $22 million investment by Southern California Edison to implement Phase 1 of its Charge Ready Program that will provide for the deployment of 1,500 electric vehicle charging stations and support outreach to build public awareness. SCE plans to install charging stations at locations where drivers park their cars for extended periods, including workplaces, multi-­unit dwellings, and shopping malls.

Under the Charge Ready Program, our customers will own their charging stations and are required to use a software and management solution such as EV Connect’s.  SCE will provide rebates to our customers towards the base cost at a pre­determined percentage; 25 percent for non-residential stations, 50 percent for multi-unit dwellings, and 100 percent for stations installed in disadvantaged communities.

Applications for the Charge Ready Program will start in March.  Contact Us now to get on the list.

How Clean Is Your Electric Vehicle?

By | Blog | No Comments

At dinner parties and random conversations, I am frequently asked if EVs are really clean when compared to their gasoline engine counterparts.  There seems to be a lot of confusion out there in part generated by the media on how clean EVs really are.  The reality is it depends on the how clean your utility is in generating the electricity you are using to fuel your vehicle.  

I was excited to see today that The Union of Concerned Scientists has developed a useful and very simple tool that allows you to determine the actual climate impact of your vehicle for any zip code in the United States.  Now I have a place to send those that ask me the same question over and over again.

I live in Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) territory.  LADWP generates a lot of its electricity from coal, but even with coal-source electricity my EV is cleaner than a gasonline powered vehicle.