Electric vehicles (EV) are coming. I mean literally, they’re driving down major highways and across city streets while you’re reading this on your phone as you wait for your Lyft driver, who may even be on her way to shuttle you in her all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Your Lyft driver, that Tesla you saw this morning parked at the coffee shop, and that Audi e-tron you saw pulling into an office park – all of these cars need to charge.
So where do they plugin?
Okay, I know what most of you are thinking. EV drivers just charge at home. That’s true today, but that model can’t be the be-all and end-all. People who live in apartments or rent rather than own comprise over 1/3 of the U.S. population, and these people will need an alternative to home charging. In many parts of the country, chargers are a completely foreign sight, while other parts like California, New York, and New Jersey are spending a combined $1.3 billion to address the shortage.
Even with major investments by states and cities, we’re going to need a lot more chargers to meet the growing demand. Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysts predict more than half of cars sold will be electric by 2040.
Make Money With Your Charger
You don’t have an electric car yet? That doesn’t mean you can’t cash in on the growing EV market. An investment in an EV charger makes sense now, and will definitely pay off as more and more car buyers go electric.
But how can you make money with a charger?
The charger sharing platform, EVmatch, lets you monetize a charger by listing it for rent. As the only reservable peer-to-peer charging network, we’re even giving away free Level 2 chargers valued at $500 if you list them for rent on our platform for a minimum of 1 year from installation. Just fill out the pop-up form at our website for residential or commercial to get started.
Attract Customers And Guests With Your Charger
As more people drive electric, it’s a no-brainer to offer charging at your business or hotel to stand out against your competitors.
Hotel guests swoon over the thought of fueling their EVs while they sleep, and gas stations and fast chargers don’t stand a chance against that. Hotels and vacation-rental hosts are catching on, offering charging to their guests as an amenity, attracting high-value, green-minded customers like Tesla and Audi e-tron drivers.
EVmatch is the place to be if you’re a business or apartment owner because the platform also enables commercial spaces to rent out chargers – an increasingly important amenity, and soon necessity, for many renters and hotel guests.
Attract, Satisfy, and Retain Valuable Employees
Survey after survey shows that the workplace ranks as one of the top locations where EV drivers want charging.
What’s driving this demand?
For one, as home prices push workers farther and farther from city centers, they’re forced to commute longer distances. That means some EV drivers won’t be able to commute to work without workplace charging, while others simply prefer it to avoid range anxiety.
Second, charging an electric car takes time. With a 240V Level 2 charger, you can fully charge your battery in about 6 hours, and this slower charging speed is better for the battery’s overall life. So plugging into a Level 2 or even Level 1 (110V) charger at work makes sense, especially if you do it in the morning during partial-peak hours.
Finally, with our historically low unemployment rate, employers must compete more than ever for top talent. Google offers rock-climbing gyms, Twitter has an in-office chef, but you can attract, satisfy, and retain employees by providing charging (something some Google and Twitter offices do as well by the way).
See how EVmatch can set your office up with affordable chargers and management software that allows you to offer free charging to employees, helps them efficiently schedule and share chargers, and then allows you to charge the public for use after business hours.
So the next time you look around for EV charging stations, keep an eye out at hotels, tech offices, and your neighbor’s house down the street. Many of them are available for rent on EVmatch, so download the app for free. Available from the App Store and Google Play.