Electric Vehicles

EV (Electric Vehicles) Charge Up at Home or On The Go! 

Powering Vehicles with Electricity

Electricity can be used to power all-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV’s) directly from the power grid using battery storage, or from electricity generated on-board through fuel cells. In plug-in electric vehicles, onboard rechargeable batteries store energy to power electric motors. Vehicles that run only on electricity produce no tailpipe emissions. But there are emissions associated with the production of electricity.

Fueling plug-in vehicles with electricity is currently cost effective compared to using gasoline, especially if drivers take advantage of off-peak rates offered by many utilities. Electricity costs can vary by region, type of generation, time of use, and access point. Learn about factors affecting electricity prices from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Electric Charging Stations

Many plug-in electric vehicle owners choose to do the majority of their charging at home (or at fleet facilities, in the case of fleets). Some employers offer access to charging at the workplace. In many states, plug-in electric vehicle drivers also have access to public charging stations at libraries, shopping centers, hospitals, and businesses. Charging infrastructure is rapidly expanding, providing drivers with the convenience, range, and confidence to meet more of their transportation needs with plug-in electric vehicles.

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Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance | Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018 Lithium-ion battery prices have tumbled in recent years. BNEF first started tracking EV battery prices back in 2010, when an average battery pack prices were $1,000/kWh. Fast forward to the end of 2017 and average prices hit a low of $209/kWh, a remarkable 79% drop in seven years. Average energy density of EV batteries is also improving at around 5-7% per year. 

Highlights from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast

  • By 2040, 55% of all new car sales and 33% of the global fleet will be electric.
  • China is and will continue to be the largest EV market in the world through 2040.
  • EV costs. The upfront cost of EVs will become competitive on an unsubsidized basis starting in 2024. By 2029, most segments reach parity as battery prices continue to fall.  
  • E-buses. Buses go electric faster than light duty vehicles.
  • Displacement of transport fuel. Electrified buses and cars will displace a combined 7.3 million barrels per day of transportation fuel in 2040. 

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) combine an internal combustion engine (ICE) with batteries, regenerative braking, and an electric motor to provide high fuel economy. They rely on a petroleum-based or alternative fuel for power and are not plugged in to charge. Instead, HEV batteries are charged by the ICE or other propulsion source and during regenerative braking. This design allows the vehicle to travel much further on one gallon of gas, approximately 40 to 70 miles, depending on the make and model. Hybrid vehicles also have the potential to use other fuels, like ethanol, biodiesel, or natural gas. Of the electric drive vehicles, hybrids are the most competitively priced.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs or PEVs), like regular hybrid electric vehicles, combine an internal combustion engine with an electric motor and a battery. Unlike traditional hybrid electric vehicles, PHEVs batteries can be recharged by plugging directly into the grid. The use of electricity cuts petroleum consumption and tailpipe emissions, and due to larger battery sizes PHEVs can drive almost entirely on stored electricity (all electric charge range of 10-40 miles). When running on traditional fuels, PHEVs perform like HEV’s, realizing the same fuel economy and emission benefits. 

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Workplace Charging Challenge

To learn about adding charging points in the workplace, and how it can be an easy reduction of emmisions as well as saving you money conveniently please visit: The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy's Web Page on the Workplace Charging Challenge.

Nissan's EV Charging Program 

To increase EV infrastructure, Nissan has implemented their EV Workplace Charging Program. Nissan can assist your company in assessing current and future charging needs, installation, and funding opportunities.  Learn how Nissan can assist you here.  

LCF Platinum Member Nissan representative, Damian Herd, can walk you through the steps for the Workplace Charging Program started at your company.  Please contact her at damian.herd@nissan-usa.com