Increasingly utilities in Ohio and across the Midwest have developed and implemented transportation electrification programs. All investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in Ohio have their own perspectives and plans. Ohio’s electric cooperatives, through their association, are beginning to explore developing programs of their own. These efforts are critical to the overall strategy to overcome the number one market barrier to EV growth: lack of EV charging in the public domain residential settings and workplaces. Participate in this fast-paced session to discover how Ohio’s utilities are approaching this challenge, what policies are needed, and what some have learned to date.
EV Charging Planning Structures and Tools
A successful approach to planning EV charging infrastructure requires a comprehensive framework. Planners and stakeholders must identify types of charging, where charging is needed, and how needs are likely to increase over time. They must understand the distinctly different market needs for long distance travel and regional transportation services in each community. Utilities, regional planning agencies, cities, site hosts, and EV charging companies need powerful planning tools and information about factors such as utility infrastructure and available power supply to ensure selection of the best sites. Learn and be part of a conversation about smart approaches to planning at statewide, regional, and community levels as well as powerful planning tools that are becoming available.
Proven Best Practices and Innovations for Retail EV Charging
The landscape of publicly accessible EV charging is widely varying, unpredictable and uncertain today. Consumers can access limited information but remain in the dark about many locations and details. Many site hosts are confused about what equipment they need. Most lack understanding of how they can use EV charging to generate new value streams, manage access to make customers happy, and align the charging asset to their business and marketing strategies. Many potential retail site hosts don’t understand how to make the charging asset a profit center or how to avoid costly surprises that give the retailer a black eye. This session will unpack these issues and help all players in the market understand how to move forward effectively.
Models and Best Practices for Residential and Workplace EV Charging
Residential charging remains a critical need to facilitate growth in EV ownership. Lack of reliable access to a plug at home undermines three ingredients of the EV value proposition – low cost, convenience, and reliability. Up to a third or even half of people in many urban markets still lack access at home. Some reside in multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) and others in neighborhoods where most or all people park at the curb. The workplace may substitute but only if the charging resource is reliable and employment is stable long-term. For most EV owners, workplace charging will continue to add to the value proposition. It also offers value to the employer and building owner. It is an appealing amenity that can generate value streams by shifting the EV connection to the grid or building energy system. In this session, you will learn best practices, models, and opportunities related to residential and workplace charging.
Five years ago, some believed that medium to heavy-duty commercial EVs were years away from being practical or affordable. Today steep reductions in battery costs and other technology advancements have changed the game. Purchase prices remain high but are declining. Total cost of ownership is increasingly attractive, and vehicles are proving durable. Technology companies are partnering with OEMs to bring a wide range of EVs to the market. Yet incentives are still needed to overcome initial purchase price gaps between EVs and diesel. The North American Council of Freight Efficiency (NACFE) has applied their considerable talent for evaluation and analysis to the growing commercial EV market. This panel, moderated by NACFE, will focus on medium to heavy-duty commercial EVs, what applications pencil out today, and what to expect within the next five years. The panel will feature recent peer fleet experiences for medium to heavy-duty EVs and lessons learned. Participate in this session to help chart your pathways to success.
Light Duty and Purpose-Built Small Utility Vehicles
Nothing is more American than the pickup truck, nor as practical and widely used as a work vehicle. Plug-in electric pickups have been available as expensive retrofits on platforms better suited to internal combustion engine vehicles. Now fully electric purpose-built pickups are about to hit the commercial fleet market. They are built as EVs from the ground up they are durable, powerful, and offer lower total cost of ownership today. Along with new pickup trucks, light-duty EV model availability is growing in the Midwest as manufacturers ramp up production of more models. We’re seeing longer battery ranges and total costs of ownership under conventional vehicles for most applications, even at low gas prices. Learn what’s available now, how they compare on costs, and keys to successful operation including planning refueling infrastructure. Finally, learn about what’s here and coming for even lower cost, purpose-built small utility EVs and where they can offer value and a good fit for your fleet.
Fleet Electrification Infrastructure
Without question, charging infrastructure is the most important success factor for fleet electrification. Leaders who get this right put themselves in position for success, operationally and financially. Getting the charging piece wrong will lead to unexpected, unnecessary problems and costs. Partnerships, planning, and patience are the keys to success. Begin by being clear about how, when, and for what purpose vehicles are used. Involve people within and outside of fleets – stakeholders who typically don’t work together - including facilities personnel and your utility. Policy leaders can contribute to success by updating codes to prevent undermining projects and promote successful outcomes. In this session, experienced leaders from fleet and utility perspectives will offer insights on project development. The business sustainability organization, Ceres, will offer guidance for policymakers on steps needed to support fleet electrification.