With the exception of traditional fleet management, the Facility Management industry historically had little overlap with what’s happening in the Automotive or Transportation sectors. But things are changing — Fast. The new generation of Electric Vehicles “EV” is literally bringing the transportation industry to the front doorstep of property owners and managers everywhere. Until recently, the personal fueling habits of visiting drivers were not on the list of property owners’ top concerns.
The new era of attractive, mass-market, consumer-friendly EVs is completely changing the way drivers “fuel up” their cars. Rather than going out of their way for a traditional gas station stop, today’s EV drivers usually “charge up” at home while they sleep and “top off” while at the places they already spend their time – at work, or while dining, shopping, or enjoying recreation or entertainment. This EV movement brings opportunity and burden to facility owners of all types — government, commercial, retail, industrial and multi-tenant residential. Like it or not, property owners are getting into the business of offering “fuel” for the EV vehicles of their employees, tenants and visitors. This new trend can raise questions, opportunities, risk, rewards and expense.
As EV sales increase, facilities of all types will need to accommodate vehicle charging on their property. This whitepaper provides an introduction to some of the basics of this new and changing industry – and some tips on how to get started on your own EV infrastructure project.