Not only is it starting to electrify its own fleet, but it’s taking steps to encourage EV adoption among the community. Specifically, the municipality recently completed a pilot project to address a growing concern among residents: as it is in any densely populated city, not everyone resides in a dwelling with a garage or parking space, or has the real estate to install an EV charger. These folks who have to park on the street are sometimes referred to as ‘garage orphans’.
So, while much of the conversation has been focused on “range anxiety” – the fear of your battery running dry on the road – many are now wondering how they’ll charge their EVs at all.
In this case, it was especially important to be the least invasive as possible when installing the chargers; several of its buildings hold historical importance.
The customer needed an efficient way to connect an EV charger to the electrical room while drilling through as few walls as possible.
But EV charging, in many respects, is still a new frontier, especially in public spaces; sometimes there’s no power source nearby, or the existing infrastructure might complicate an installation. There’s a lot to consider, and a lot of people involved, which is why it’s important to have an experienced partner.
In this case, the municipality turned to Envari Energy Solutions to help guide them and lead the way. They started by facilitating funding through the federal Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
That included reviewing each location and pivoting when necessary to ensure power could be accessed efficiently and cost-effectively; crossing a road to connect to a utility pole, for example, could incur additional costs and the inconvenience of roadway construction.
From engineering and procurement to installation and project management, Envari was there to help the municipality serve its community by adding more chargers to its network: 24 curbside, two at busy park-and-rides, and three more to support its municipal fleet plan.
As more municipalities make the switch to clean mobility, more specialized solutions may be required and having the right partner to lead the way will be key. It takes a village, after all, and when everyone has the willingness to get there, there’s no challenge that can’t be conquered along the way.