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.
Shiva Swaminanthan, Utilities Senior Resource Planner, City of Palo Alto UtilitiesDr. Andreas Vogel, VP of Global Business Incubator, SAP
Dr. Andreas Vogel, VP of Global Business Incubator, SAP
OverviewPlug-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:
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.
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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.
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