Zan Dubin Scott
PLUG IN AMERICA UNVEILS GUIDEBOOK FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION INSTALLATIONS
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 4, 2012—Plug In America, the leading voice for consumer adoption of plug-in vehicles, and the Hawaii State Energy Office have released a new guidebook designed to be a resource for commercial properties nationwide interested in the successful installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
Called “Hawaii EV Ready Guidebook for Commercial Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installations,” the free guide is available on Plug In America’s website, and the Hawaii State Energy Office’s website.
"We are proud to have developed a comprehensive resource to help further the growth of the electric vehicle sector in Hawai‘I and beyond,” said Dan Davids, Plug In America's board chairman and the guide's project manager. “We are particularly pleased that our Hawai‘i guidebook contains the very latest industry best practices across a range of topics, including signage, accessibility, and charging business models. These topics will help property owners and operators avoid pitfalls that are all too common across today’s charging landscape.”
The guide was produced by Plug In America, which was awarded $50,000 last year by the Hawaii State Energy Office’s EV Ready Grant Program. Plug In America was one of six EV Ready grant recipients announced in March 2011 with a goal to accelerate Hawai‘i’s adoption of EVs and related charging equipment.
The grants, provided through the EV Ready Grant Program, are helping contribute to Hawaii’s energy goals by reducing consumption of imported petroleum fuels for ground transportation. Grants were supported by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The guidebook serves as an introduction for installing and hosting EV charging stations at retail stores, hotels, businesses and multiple-use dwellings such as apartments, townhouses and condominiums, as well as both privately- and publicly-owned parking lots. While the guidebook was produced for Hawaii, it was designed as a primer containing best practices applicable to EV charging stations anywhere in the world.
“The guide illustrates a logically planned process that can result in successful charging installations to meet the needs of Hawai‘i’s EV drivers and property owners,” said Mark Glick, Energy Administrator of the Hawaii State Energy Office. “This type of investment is vital to helping the State reach our goal of 70 percent clean energy by 2030.”
About Plug In America:
Plug In America is the preeminent advocacy organization advancing the plug-in vehicle market. The nonprofit organization works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. For more information: http://www.pluginamerica.org.