Because electric vehicles are now widely available for purchase, employers, building owners and parking facilities are installing charging stations in some locations – and planning more installations in the future. Many large companies including Google, Bank of America and Cisco Systems have installed charging stations for their employees, and smaller businesses are beginning to adopt the practice as well.
Financial – Electric Vehicle (EV) parking has the potential to attract tenants, employees or customers (depending on the type of business). Additionally, LEED credits may be earned, and a higher property value achieved with the installation of EV parking/charging stations.
Environmental – Environmentally, the use of EVs results in mobile source pollution reduction and greenhouse gas reduction.
Social – The more people see others using EVs and being accommodated for it, the more they will be inclined to do the same; EV parking can be proposed as a convenience amenity for employees and tenants. Additionally, an increase in EV usage would lead to a decrease in foreign oil dependence.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Boston Properties, Inc.
- CB Richard Elllis
- The Colonnade Hotel
- Federal Reserve
- Foley Hoag LLP
- Forest City
- Friends of Post Office Square
- John Hancock
- Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
- Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
- Oxford Properties
- Putnam Investments
- Save that Stuff
- Seaport Hotel
- TD Garden
- Turner Construction
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Local Service Providers
EV Charging Locator Apps
- Plugshare – most comprehensive mapping application
In The News
- “MA Pumping $2 million more on Electric Car Program” Boston Globe, April 2015
- “Downtown Gas Station will Become Electric Car Park & Charge” Boston Business Journal, April 2012
- “Parking Area in Downtown Boston will be Focused on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations” Wicked Local, April 2012
- “New network for Electric Vehicle Charging” City of Cambridge, March 2012
- “Boston to get 150 EV Charging Stations” CNET, July 2011