EV Charging Strengthens Employee Retention, Says Schneider Electric’s Mike Calise

Fleets that are bring­ing in plug-in elec­tric vehi­cles and on-site charg­ing sta­tions are dis­cov­er­ing a few key ben­e­fits of mak­ing the invest­ment – one of them being strength­en­ing employ­ee reten­tion, says Mike Calise, direc­tor of elec­tric vehi­cles at Schnei­der Elec­tric. “Dri­vers under­stand the ben­e­fits of EVs, includ­ing the dol­lar-cost ben­e­fits – and it gets repli­cat­ed (among their peers),” he said.

Work­place charg­ing is def­i­nite­ly an ameni­ty – an employ­ee perk – and has been part of sev­er­al com­pa­nies strength­en­ing their images in the com­mu­ni­ty, he said. “Installing a $10,000 charg­er, and hav­ing HOV lanes in cer­tain states, has employ­ees brag­ging about it and the com­pa­ny they work for,” he said.

Schnei­der Elec­tric has been very involved in charg­ing sta­tion instal­la­tions across the US and Europe. Promi­nent recent instal­la­tions have includ­ed Cae­sars Enter­tain­ment Corp. at its north­ern Neva­da Casi­no prop­er­ties, Red Cross Sil­i­con Val­ley Chap­ter, and the Hacien­da Busi­ness Park in Pleasan­ton, Calif. Hacien­da Busi­ness Park serves Ora­cle, Kaiser, and Schnei­der Elec­tric and offers an inter­est­ing exam­ple of a new busi­ness mod­el using an elec­tric vehi­cle car-shar­ing ser­vice. This col­lab­o­ra­tion between Schnei­der Elec­tric, Toy­ota, City Car­share, and oth­er busi­ness park ten­ants, allows employ­ees at this loca­tion to com­mute to work by train and bike and have a rental car avail­able for errands, lunch, and oth­er short trips, through City Car­Share, with the EVlink charg­ing infra­struc­ture from Schnei­der Elec­tric.

EVlink is a com­plete elec­tric vehi­cle charg­ing solu­tion that deliv­ers flex­i­ble, safe, reli­able, and com­pat­i­ble charg­ing of elec­tric vehi­cles. Schnei­der Electric’s EVlink charg­ing sta­tions are used in pub­lic and pri­vate loca­tions such as res­i­den­tial, retail stores, restau­rants, resorts/hotels, hos­pi­tals, office build­ings, uni­ver­si­ties, apart­ment com­plex­es, and des­ti­na­tion cen­ters.

In late Sep­tem­ber, Schnei­der Elec­tric announced its “Charge the World Change the World” ini­tia­tive, a phil­an­thropic pro­gram to give EV dri­vers an oppor­tu­ni­ty to have a mean­ing­ful impact on glob­al sus­tain­abil­i­ty when pur­chas­ing an EV charg­er. For every EVlink home charg­ing sta­tion sold in North Amer­i­ca, Schnei­der Elec­tric will donate a solar pow­ered, bat­tery oper­at­ed LED lamp to a fam­i­ly with­out access to elec­tric­i­ty. Here’s a video to share with oth­ers – for every 100 views of the video, Schnei­der Elec­tric will donate anoth­er light to a fam­i­ly.

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