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CLEVELAND, Ohio – SEAM Group, a global leader in energized asset performance, today announced the hiring of Scott Moretz as Vice President of Electric Vehicle Operations. Moretz brings nearly a decade of EV industry experience to the role, in which he will lead all aspects of EV infrastructure activity, including site and space planning, design and engineering, construction, commissioning, operations and maintenance, as well as specialty areas like energy storage systems, and solar batteries.

“As we drive our mission of creating a safer, more reliable world, we continue to mature our global organization by adding passionate, seasoned industry veterans to our leadership team,” said Colin Duncan, SEAM Group chief executive officer. “The electric vehicle sector is experiencing explosive growth, and Scott brings a breadth of experience to help expand our success in this market.”

Moretz has held key leadership roles at EVgo, and most recently served as Director of Engineering and Construction for North America at Electrify America. As an innovator in the EV industry, Moretz has worked closely with global charging system manufacturers, site hosts, and automotive manufacturers. One of his signature achievements includes leading the long-term, highly strategic installation of 4,200+ direct current fast charging (DCFC) units across 46 states and four Canadian provinces.

A native of Abingdon, Va., Moretz received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan post-Sept. 11, 2001, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on two separate occasions for his leadership in combat.

“Throughout both my professional and military career, I have focused on mobilizing team members and developing best-in-class strategies to drive results,” Moretz said. “Joining the SEAM Group leadership team enables me to work alongside fellow passionate, customer-first individuals, while growing our EV practice into a key line of business that can help optimize the utilization of EV infrastructure across the world.”

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Electric vehicles and fleets are here to stay. In the United States alone, automotive manufacturers estimate that electric vehicles (EV) will account for 40%-50% of new sales by 2030. Are you ready to meet the challenge and seize the opportunity?

With more electric vehicles hitting the road, owners will need a reliable network of EV charging stations to keep them going. Facility owners and operators can become part of the vital network and turn the opportunity into a competitive advantage. So, where do you begin? Let’s walk through some basics.

1. EV charger types and levels. What should you install at your facility?


EV charging stations range in voltage and speed. Connectors also vary by region and manufacturer. We outline below key facts for your information:

explains different levels of electric vehicle charging station power

Level 1 chargers, commonly used by homeowners, charge electric vehicles over several hours. While homeowners can purchase level 2 chargers, these chargers are widely used at public charging stations. Level 3 chargers, also known as DC fast chargers, are for commercial applications and require specific technical skills for successful installations.

That’s not all there is to know about EV charging. EV manufacturers use different charger connectors. There are four standard connector types:



Then there is Tesla

Tesla vehicles are equipped with a connector compatible with Tesla-specific chargers, Levels 1, 2, and 3. Tesla drivers can also use a J1772 charging adapter to connect to most Level 2 public charging stations.

Note: Since Level 1 chargers have the lowest volt output, most businesses install Level 2 or Level 3 chargers.

2. What is the cost of EV charger installation?


There is a massive range in charging stations' unit and installation costs for commercial EV chargers. When evaluating the value of adding EV charging stations to your facility, keep in mind that these stations are a long-term investment.


3. How many EV charging stations should you install at your facility?


There isn’t an exact formula to decide the number of charging station units your company should invest in. However, there are at least four key factors to consider:

  • The total parking spaces available

  • Your building’s utility capacity

  • Who will be the primary user of your charging stations: customers or employees?

  • Tax incentives available for EV charging stations installation


Research the number of EVs registered in your city or state. It is more likely that a customer drives an EV in California than in Wyoming. The dependence on public chargers is higher in California. However, the scarcity of charging stations in areas with lower numbers of EVs will help draw in more EV owners as potential customers.

Your building’s utility capacity will dictate the right strategy for your specific use case. Consider adding solar-powered EV charging stations to your mix. A specialized consultant can help you assess your specific needs and craft a sustainable plan.

And, of course, stay up to date with tax incentives and government programs. With the heightened emphasis on the need for clean energy and the infrastructure bill, you might find opportunities to help finance your capital investment.

4. What are the benefits of installing public EV charging stations?


Lead the way: Environmental stewardship can fuel your growth


In 2021, customers care about a company's stances on matters like sustainability. This concern includes a business’s ecological footprint. A 2017 Forbes report supports this shift in consumers’ mindsets. Eighty-eight percent of customers are more likely to remain loyal to a ‘green’ company than a less eco-conscious competitor. What do your customers care about? Are you prepared to show how you are leading the way to a greener future?

Put your business on the map


Installing EV charging stations at your facility literally puts you on all the maps for public EV charger locations. Customers can locate your business as a place to spend time and shop while their vehicles charge. Since EV charging stations are not as common as gas stations, your location will stand out to EV drivers who plan their trips around EV charging station availability.

Reach new customers and employees


Offering access to EV charging stations means opening your doors to a new pool of customers. The same can be true for attracting talent. While the competition for talent intensifies across industries, many employers opt to up the ante in their benefits by outfitting their facilities with EV charging stations.

Receive Tax Incentives


Take advantage of the tax breaks and incentives available for companies investing in EV charging stations. In 2021, U.S. lawmakers are looking to expand EV infrastructure opportunities with the now approved bipartisan infrastructure bill.

In addition, businesses that receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for their buildings are eligible for tax credits, zoning allowances, reduced fees, and expedited permitting from several U.S. government agencies. The LEED certification is a green building certification program used worldwide.

5. What are the first steps in EV charging purchasing and installation?


So, you’ve made up your mind and are ready to start the exciting yet daunting journey of EV charging station purchasing and installation for your facility. Here are a few questions from our pros to get you pointed in the right direction:

  • What utility upgrades, if any, will your site require?

  • Should you consider adding solar-powered stations to your mix?

  • What type of EV charging stations do you want to purchase?

  • What financial incentives are available in your region?

  • How many EV charging stations should you install?

  • What will your maintenance and repair plan look like?


Our advice? Ask a professional. Our SEAM Group team of experts offers a variety of solutions to people in your exact situation. From commissioning and repairs to consulting and management services, you can rely on a team dedicated to making the world a safer, more reliable place.

Learn more about the EVCS installation and maintenance services our team can provide you.

 
The chicken and the egg metaphor perfectly sums up the current state of the electric vehicle (EV) mass market in the United States. What should come first, increasing the demand for electric vehicles or expanding the availability of public charging stations?

The United States is home to one of the most extensive road systems globally, inherently presenting logistical challenges for the implementation of a cross-country electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) network. It is estimated that there are more than 150,000 fueling stations in the U.S. and only 43,000 public EVCS, which are heavily concentrated in specific geographic locations.

So the question remains, how can the U.S. increase demand for electric vehicle sales while implementing the necessary EVCS infrastructure? The first step is to understand what is bottlenecking the electric car market.

Easing the Bottleneck in American EV Charging Stations


“Range anxiety” describes a driver’s fear of being stranded due to insufficient fuel to reach a destination. Whether driving a gas or an electric vehicle, long road trips require a tank fueling or battery charging plan. Based on the number of available fueling stations and electric vehicle charging stations, it’s not hard to determine which drivers have a more significant challenge planning long road trips.

However, it’s important to dispel the common misconception that EVs battery range is far less than gas-fueled vehicles. An excellent example is the popular Tesla Model 3, which ranges between 250 and 300 miles on a single charge depending on conditions and mode. As manufacturers continue to improve the range of EV batteries, their next big challenge is reducing charge times and increasing public EVCS availability.

Electric vehicle owners typically have Level 1 chargers at home, which can charge a battery over several hours. But when that owner leaves their home, where do they go if they need a charge? Depending on the EVCS options available, an EV driver can extend their battery’s range between 10-240 miles in an hour.

Types of Electric Car Chargers



Public EV Charging Station Availability


The map below shows current public Level 2 and 3 charging stations in the U.S. While a driver will have access to EVCS along major routes, trips will require careful planning and time allotted to wait at the pump.

Map of Public EV Chargers in the United States - Courtesy: U.S. Department of Energy




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Why the slow charge times? Electric vehicle batteries recharge just like your electronic devices. The first 20 percent takes far less time to charge than the last 20 percent. While there are charging stations along major routes, a driver could wait at a station for close to an hour if their electric car battery nears the lowest level. Installing more Level 2 and Level 3 charging stations means drivers won’t have to recharge their batteries fully. Instead, they can fill halfway, get to the next charging station, and repeat in less time than it would take to recharge a battery fully.

The additional availability of public EV charging stations also increases the security drivers feel when hitting the road. While a driver may have 400 miles until empty, passing a few gas stations and charging stations along the way eases any stress during a long trip.

Expanding EVCS Infrastructure


The good news is that several EV manufacturers have committed to expanding the network of public EV charging stations across the country. For example, Rivian announced the installation of over 3,500 fast chargers at approximately 600 charging stations by 2023 in its ‘Adventure Network’ across the U.S.

Additionally, the federal government could be creating new incentives for building out the public EV charging infrastructure through the new bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Incentives for Building EV Charging Infrastructure


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) 2017 report analyzed the number of public EV charging stations required to support the estimated 15 million electric vehicles that could be on U.S. roads by 2030. According to the study, the future EV charging infrastructure would need a minimum of 27,500 Level 3 and 601,000 Level 2 chargers to support drivers. In 2021, U.S. legislators passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill that would provide about $7.5 billion for EV charging infrastructure including a network of 500,000 charging stations.

Currently, NREL’s Q1 2020 EV report counted 13,627 Level 3 and 71,975 Level 2 public electric car chargers in the U.S. Nearly 60% of those Level 3 chargers are located along Tesla’s charging network, meaning availability is for Tesla drivers only.

Current Action to Improve Electric Car Charging Accessibility


A recent study by Storage Cafe ranked the 100 most populated metropolitan areas in the United States on their electric vehicle friendliness. At the top, San Jose, California, with the most public charging stations per capita at 2.4 per 1,000 residents. All but two top ten cities are located on the West Coast.

While many states along the West Coast are leading the charge in installing public EV stations, all states and the federal government offer tax and grant incentives for EVs.

Currently, public EV charging infrastructure is a long-term investment for municipalities and business owners. Many private companies are looking to add chargers to storefronts to attract new customers by establishing the brand as a sustainability leader and giving EV owners a place to charge.

If you are curious, our team has curated five questions to consider before you install electric vehicle chargers at your facility.

While the road ahead may present challenges, there is a sharp focus on the topic of EVCS infrastructure and investment. Our team of SEAM Group experts can help you determine the ideal strategy for commissioning, repairs, upgrades, retrofits, and maintenance of electric vehicle charging stations for your clients or facilities in North America and EMEA. Let’s talk and see what our team can do for you.