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C-Stores Celebrate with Millions in Free Money for EV Charging

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity as States from Coast-to-Coast Hand Out Millions of Dollars to Companies to Build Charging Infrastructure.

By Margaret-Ann Leavitt.

With U.S. plug-in car sales passing the 1,000,000 mark this week and double-digit growth projections for the next 20+ years, governments and utilities nationwide are prepared to spend millions of dollars to help to meet the growing electric vehicle needs.

Not only are public entities and utilities around the country replacing their fleets with electric powered vehicles and adding EV charging to their public parking facilities, they are incentivizing fellow companies and governments to follow their lead. 

“With gas prices continuing to climb, the lower cost per mile, fun-to-drive factor, and positive environmental benefits are encouraging consumers to trade in their combustion cars for electric cars at an ever-increasing rate,” says Jim Burness, CEO of National Car Charging.

“The initial ‘higher-than-average’ price points of electric cars created skepticism when they first came to market, but those days are long gone. Now there is an option for everyone. Cars range from the luxury SUVs to the Nissan Leaf which can be found for under $10,000 in the used market. And today, every major automotive brand has at least one plug-in option available and more in development to be released within the next two years.”

Sales numbers have grown exponentially with Tesla selling nearly 90,000 vehicles in the last thirty days.  Ford, Chevy and BMW are also reporting record sales, and the Jaguar i-Pace and Audi e-tron all-electric SUV already have customers lining up for their highly-anticipated releases.

With greater range – some as high as 300 miles per charge, drivers are taking their cars to work as well as on vacation, creating even more demand for EV charging infrastructure. That’s why states and utilities are shelling out big incentives. 

“States and utilities across the country are offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to companies who invest in fast charging equipment – and the convenience store industry is in a position to really take advantage of this right away. 

In Pennsylvania, the state is granting up to $500,000 per site. In Utah, Rocky Mountain Power is granting $42,000 per charger, up to 75% of total charger and installation cost and in Massachusetts and Nevada you can get up to 100% of your costs covered. The list goes on from there with nearly a dozen states offering cash to cover equipment and installations costs,” Burness states.

For convenience stores, installing EVSE equipment provides a new opening to drive additional revenue, especially for those with gas pumps which EV drivers are passing by. “Having fast charging as an option is like having a ‘welcome mat’ for EV drivers and demonstrates how much c-stores truly value their business. Electric drivers may have given up gasoline, but that doesn’t mean they gave up snacks and drinks. C-stores need to give them a reason to stop at their particular store.”

Much like gasoline, charging can also be a revenue stream. But whether or not a c-store ‘charges for charging,’ studies show EV drivers spend as much as 20% more than their gas-pumping peers. “Because DC fast charging often takes about 30-60 minutes, EV drivers are a captive audience and typically use many the amenities offered – from restrooms to cafes to gift shops and more. With a wide array of phone apps and interactive GPS maps, EV drivers actively seek out charging locations and tend to be very loyal to early adopting brands,” Burness claims. “Once you’ve earned an EV driver’s business, you’ve often bought their loyalty.”

Burness’ company, National Car Charging, works hand-in-hand with companies wanting to leverage the state incentive dollars. Working with companies large and small – from navigating the grant process to installing equipment to designing unique charging solutions for each company’s specific needs.

As is one of the nation’s largest distributors and installers of EV charging equipment, NCC is in a unique position to really help c-stores across the country. They’ve installed about 5% of all the public plugs in the US, and the vast majority of public plugs in their home state of Colorado. “With reps around the country, our expertise and a wide array of product options, we can do it all.”

Below is a list of some of the states currently offering EVSE incentives:

CA: The Southern California Incentive Project (SCIP) offers rebates up to $70,000 per DC fast charger for installations at new sites and up to $40,000 per DC fast charging for installations at replacement and make-ready sites in Orange, Riverside, or Los Angeles Counties. Installations in designated disadvantaged communities (DACs) are eligible for rebates up to $80,000 per DC fast charger regardless of installation site type. Applications for this first-come, first-served rebate opportunity will be accepted until rebate funds have been exhausted.

CO: Competitive grant for $30,000 up to 80% of the project costs for DC Fast Chargers at or over 50kW.

HI: DC Fast Charging-specific electricity rates.

OH: AEP Ohio territory. The DC fast charging rebates cover 80% (capped at $50K) or 100% (up to $100K) of the total charging station plus make-ready costs for privately-owned or government-owned property. Properties in low income geographic areas are encouraged to apply, at least 10% of funding will be set aside for these areas and covered 100% in cost. 

PA: Up to $500,000 per site. $3,000,000 in available funding and 3 application periods through the end of 2019. 

MA: Eversource Massachusetts is offering free make-ready (infrastructure required to install) for nearly 4,000 Level 2 ports at about 450 charging sites and about 70 DC fast charging ports at about 35 charging sites at commercial or multifamily properties. Eversource will also cover the cost of the charging equipment via a rebate for qualifying participants in environmental justice communities.

NV: Nevada Energy territory. Up to 100% of project costs covered under a “custom grant” application.

TX: Austin Energy is providing rebates up to $10,000 to hosts who want to install a DC Fast Charger.

UT: Rocky Mountain Power territory: $42,000 per charger, up to 75% of total charger and installation costs for non-residential, dual cord units.

 

About National Car Charging:

Launched in 2012, National Car Charging was designed to make the transition to electric vehicles as easy as possible for electric car buyers and EV station owners. Our mission is to offer a choice of top quality EV charging products and services at reasonable prices and stellar customer service. Our product portfolio includes: ChargePoint, EV Box, AeroVironment/Webasto, BTC Power, Siemens and so many more! 

About Jim Burness:

Jim Burness is the CEO of National Car Charging (NCC) and Aloha Charge and is considered one of the nation’s top Electric Vehicle experts. With previous careers in both the automotive industry and the renewable energy sector, Jim launched NCC in 2012 to facilitate the build out of U.S.’s EV charging infrastructure in a wide variety of key sectors, including multi-family. He’s previously held position J.D. Power, American Honda and Microsoft’s CarPoint.

 



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