According to a 2014 report, volume battery-electric vehicles could save fleet operators an average of $16,000 apiece, compared to the vehicles they'd be replacing, over a service life of seven years.
Converting your fleet to plug-in hybrid or all-electric and equipment can dramatically reduce fossil fuel use and emissions and add to your overall energy efficiency. The California Hybrid and Electric Truck Voucher Program can provide substantial rebates when buying electric trucks.
The right plug-in vehicle depends on several factors, including how much you drive your EV, vehicle battery capacity, and charging speed versus utility billing costs. We can help you identify new and existing all-electric or hybrid vehicles and incentives.
EV charging represents new load and it needs to be managed to keep your demand charges and overall cost down. The faster you charge, the higher the load.
A demand charge charges customers based on how fast they use electricity. Most commercial customers consuming over 20 kilowatts of power have this on their bill. The faster you use energy, the higher your demand charge.
- What is a demand charge?
A demand charge is a way for the utility to charge your fair share of infrastructure based on how fast you need your energy. If everyone else uses a low and slow amount of electricity, there is no demand charge. If one person needs a faster amount of electricity they have to pay for those system upgrades through a demand charge.
For example, if you have a 5 gallon bucket and you all want to fill it up slowly with a garden hose, it will cost everyone $5. However, if you want to fill it up much faster and need a $5,000 fireman’s hose to do it, you will have to pay for that instead of having everyone else pay.