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In this independent on-demand briefing, learn how major companies like SAP are developing comprehensive plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) strategies, including guaranteeing employee PEV leases, providing fleet PEVs for short-term use, and installing charging stations on corporate campuses.

Solutions for Sustainable Enterprise:
Strategies for Employee Use of Electric Vehicles


Shiva Swaminanthan, Utilities Senior Resource Planner, City of Palo Alto Utilities

Dr. Andreas Vogel, VP of Global Business Incubator, SAP


Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) are receiving a great deal of attention in the media, and waiting lists are growing as consumer demand takes off. Yet for PEVs to be broadly adopted, a charging infrastructure needs to be in place. And while municipalities will play a key role in promoting a broad-based charging infrastructure, the bulk of charging is expected to be done at home and at work.

To address this, some businesses and institutions have begun installing PEV charging stations to provide support for their employees. Some, like software giant SAP, have gone further, developing a comprehensive PEV strategy, including guaranteeing employee PEV leases and providing fleet PEVs for short-term use.

SAP has made impressive commitments to providing EVs and EV infrastructure for its employees, starting with installing a large number of EV charging stations at its campuses in the US, Europe, and India (~20 in Palo Alto alone). In addition, SAP has created a lease-guarantor program, in which SAP will sign on as lease guarantor for employees who wish to lease an EV. SAP is investing in direct purchases of EVs for employee use; these EVs will be freely available for employees to borrow during the workday, evenings, and weekends, and will be offered in lieu of rental cars to employees and clients visiting from out of town.

There are many questions that an organization must address when considering investment in EV infrastructure, including:

  • Why does my organization want to support PEVs? To provide PEV charging stations?
  • What benefits will this provide to employees?
  • Why should we consider investment beyond charging stations?
  • What do charging stations cost to install? To maintain? To operate?
  • Are new employee policies needed v/v use of PEV infrastructure?
  • Where should charging stations be located?
  • What kind of permitting processes are required?
  • What partnerships need to be established with local utilities?

This online briefing reviews the decision-making process for enterprises interested in PEV investment. We will look at both the strategic impetus for such investment, as well as practical implications at the facility and utility levels.

Dr. Andreas Vogel of enterprise software company SAP will discuss the structure of SAP’s program and present the general business case for corporate PEV investment. He will review SAP’s corporate-owned PEVs, its lease-guarantor program, and its investment in charging stations. Dr. Vogel will discuss the challenges in managing this program and in tailoring it to local cultural views and needs.

Dr. Vogel will also discuss the practical steps for implementation of a corporate PEV program. This includes charging station placement, the impact on employee parking, interfacing with utility service, and the impact on utility bills. He will review primary issues of consideration, and discuss what the major cost decisions were in installation.

Shiva Swaminathan, representative from City of Palo Alto Utilities, will join to discuss the impact of corporate PEV investment on the utility electric grid. Shiva will present Palo Alto community’s Climate Protection Plan and 15% GHG emission reduction goal by 2020. He will discuss how the City is reducing GHGs and the role of PEVs in achieving reduction goals. He will show how both the City and the Utility are facilitating adoption of PEVs. And finally, Shiva will discuss ways of mitigating the impact of PEVs on the grid itself.

The briefing will be moderated by Don Bray, President of AltaTerra Research, who will give a brief overview of EV technology and trends to set context for the subsequent speakers. Time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions and moderated discussion.

Who Should Attend

Professionals in:

  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Corporate Facilities/Infrastructure
  • Enterprise Fleet Management
  • Enterprise Environmental Policy
  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
  • Electric Vehicle Suppliers & Manufacturers
  • Electric Utility Large Customer Relations

Reference Materials

After the event, you will receive a full copy of the presentation slides in PDF format and on-demand access to an event recording.

About the Presenters

Shiva Swaminathan is a Senior Resource Planner with the City of Palo Alto Utilities. He works in the areas of electric supply procurement, city’s greenhouse gas reduction initiatives, piloting smart grid technologies, and facilitating the adoption of EVs in town. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Andreas Vogel is Vice President at SAP Labs‘ Global Business Incubator in Palo Alto, California, where he works on the next generation of software solutions including smart meter data analytics, energy management and electrified vehicles.

Andreas joined SAP in 2003 and worked with the corporate consulting team, in product management for SAP’s ERP flagship product, on establishing a new business unit Governance, Risk and Compliance and the Office of the Chief Scientist.

Before joining SAP, Andreas held various research, technology and business positions around the world, among them Chief Scientist at Borland, CTO and co-founder of Mspect where he developed monitoring solutions for mobile data networks and Principal Researcher at the DSTC in Australia.

Don Bray is cofounder and president of AltaTerra Research. He has led a broad range of market research and consulting engagements in corporate sustainability, green IT, carbon management, and renewable energy systems. He is a frequent author, speaker, and discussion moderator on emerging solutions for energy efficiency and corporate sustainability. Prior to AltaTerra, Don served as a managing partner for Accenture. He continues to be actively involved in energy and environment related initiatives with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Don earned a master’s degree in engineering management from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California at Davis.

Reference Materials

You will receive a full copy of the presentation slides in PDF format and on-demand access to an event recording.



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