With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we felt like this might be a good time to take stock of what we’re grateful for this year. Gratitude, after all, is a vitally important attribute, and yet one that can be so easily left by the wayside, especially in a trying year like 2020. But each passing day brings new opportunities, and recent events (several of which we’ve covered in past blogs) have made us very optimistic for the future. So, without further ado, here are a handful of things that really got EVCS’s gratitude motor humming recently.
The Moving Forward Act
This massive $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill passed the House this summer, and despite Senate opposition, has a 91% chance of being enacted into law, according to independent analyses. It encourages numerous advances in electrified transportation, including financial incentives for expanded charger installation that directly affects our business as well as the renewal of defunct EV tax credits, investment in sustainable mass transit, and the establishment of environmentally friendly protocols, all of which promote the core EVCS mission.
West Coast Electric Highway
The US, Oregon and Washington Departments of Transportation, along with original WCEH owner and operator AeroVironment, had the foresight to create a contiguous network of 57 EV charging stations across the Pacific Northwest with the goal of facilitating zero-emission travel through increased power accessibility. Earlier this year, we were able to purchase the WCEH, which was gradually becoming outdated, and now have been gifted with the opportunity to modernize the stations to keep pace with the rapid increase in modern EV technology.
The Election of Joe Biden
Biden has made no qualms about his support for clean energy in general and EVs in particular. He has publicly declared his intention to subsidize a network of half a million new chargers, much of which EVCS will be active in implementing. He will also restore the $7,500 federal EV tax credit, replace antiquated government fleet vehicles with modern electric counterparts, and return our country to the progressive fuel economy standards of the Obama Administration that curtailed carbon-emitting fossil fuels, which further incentivize the transition to electric.
California Executive Order N-79-20
Many people don’t know it by name, but Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent EO directs the State of California to mandate all new passenger vehicle sales be zero-emission by 2035, and the same for all medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (where feasible) by 2045. Considering that the Golden State is by far the largest car market in the country, manufacturers must sit up and take notice. Thus, with more EVs hitting the road between now and then, the demand for new infrastructure will be enormous, and our turnkey solutions will help make it a reality.
Our Partnership with Noodoe
Taiwan-based company Noodoe, which shares our mission of greening the world through electric mobility, develops innovative hardware, software, firmware, cloud and wireless technology to power charging infrastructure. Our collaboration with them has resulted in a proprietary networking system that allows for uninterrupted charging, payment process automation, peak load management, demand response, access control and real-time performance monitoring. With tools like these, our site hosts can feel confident that they’re in good hands.
Without those site hosts that decide to make charging infrastructure a valuable part of their properties (and by extension the EV drivers who use it), we wouldn’t be in business. So, to all the hotels, shops, restaurants, gyms, theaters, lots, garages, apartment buildings, offices, parks, hospitals, campuses, municipalities and myriad other property owners we work with out there, thank you so much for trusting us to keep you charged. We wouldn’t be here without you!Tags: customer service, EV adoption, Executive Order N-79-20, Joe Biden, Moving Forward Act, Noodoe, WCEH, West Coast Electric Highway