Andrew Klock

The Charge for Change – Charging Stations Popping Up Across the Nation

Blog Post created by Andrew Klock Employee on May 9, 2011

<p>Here at the EV blog we have focused a lot of attention on the ins and outs of electric vehicles. However, an equally important topic, and one that we cover in our safety training, is the expanding infrastructure that will allow the growth of the EV market to continue.</p>
<p>We are witnessing a significant amount of investment and development in building this infrastructure—from federal, state and local governments to private companies. Some of the nation’s largest rental car companies, such as <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/07/27/enterprise-to-buy-500-electric-cars-from-nissan/">Enterprise</a> and <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/05/hertz-ev-plans-2011/">Hertz</a>, have announced they would be incorporating EVs into their fleets within the year. This step will be instrumental in getting the public more acquainted with these new cars. Any consumer can test one out during their next vacation or business trip and get a better sense of the new technology first hand.</p>

&lt;p&gt;As reported by &lt;a href=&quot;http://analysis.evupdate.com/industry-insight/invitation-demand-planning-ev-charging-infrastructure-investment?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fcommunicator.evupdate.com%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=EVweeklywrap28&amp;amp;utm_term=EVUpdate%E2%80%99sWeeklyebr&quot;&gt;Electric Vehicle Update, and PRTM analysts&lt;/a&gt;, “by 2020, worldwide investment in EV charging infrastructure will need to top $30 billion to provide the minimum support required for a 10% sales penetration of plug-in vehicles.”&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;And much of this investment is already taking place.&lt;/p&gt;
<p>In the past few months, EV charging stations have been <a href="http://www.greenlodgingnews.com/ev-charging-stations-popping-up-meet-needs-of-travelers">added</a> to hotels across the nation in order to accommodate hotel guests with EVs—both owned and rented. They will also serve as <a href="http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20110323/NEWS/110323006">public</a> charging stations for local residents. These changes to our infrastructure will take time and continued investment, but it is taking place right before our eyes.</p>
<p>For the firefighter and first responder communities, we are doing our part to do the same. NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training is helping to make the novelty of EVs turn into familiarity and acceptance. Simple training and understanding of how these cars should be handled in a potential crash is another step in adapting our nation’s infrastructure.</p>
<p>It’s our goal that by the time you see a sign on the highway indicating a charging station at your next exit, as a first responder, you’ll be ready to handle any car that pulls in for a charge.</p>
<p>Andrew Klock<br />Senior Project Manager, Training Development</p>

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