Volvo Latest to Confirm EV Adoption’s Connection to Charging Stations

A 2018 Volvo report titled “The State of Electric Vehicles in America” provides further confirmation of a common sense expectation: EV adoption is linked to Range Anxiety.

Volvo Car USA/The Harris Poll surveyed 1,510 USA drivers “…To provide new insights on the evolution of electric vehicles, the current barriers to purchasing, and the future of the EV economy.” (LINK TO REPORT HERE)

The two largest barriers to EV ownership among non-EV drivers polled in the study were: 1) Fear of Running out of Power (62%); And 2) Low Availability of Charging Stations (53%). Almost two thirds (61%) of the non-EV drivers also listed More Charging Stations as the top factor in increasing their likelihood of buying an EV. In short, non-EV drivers have Range Anxiety.

More alarmingly, only 16% of the 250 current EV drivers polled said they charge at work.

Source: Volvo Cars USA/The Harris Poll

Contact us at Park to Spark for help with your workplace EV charging strategy. Providing EV charging will help resolve Range Anxiety issues and increase the workplace EV charging frequency of your employees.


Drive Electric to Ride Electric

Pittsburgh is home to the Park to Spark HQ. Public Transit isn’t great here-mostly because traffic isn’t bad for suburbanites. We do have a limited electric trolley system that serves one suburb south of the city, Downtown, and the Pirates and Steelers Stadiums. The trolley “system” is called The “T”.

One of the best parts of the “T” is a connection to a parking garage just North of the Monongahela River at First Avenue. This connection allows EV drivers to plug in their cars and walk to the “T” for a ride into the Downtown.

The bad news is that this is the only Drive/Ride electric location in Pittsburgh. At Park to Spark, we wonder why EV charging isn’t at more Park and Ride lots. The strategy makes sense.

Contact us here at Park to Spark to see how we can help with your EV Charging strategy.


Honda PHEV Is Here

The Honda Clarity PHEV is here. By that we mean literally 2 miles from the Park to Spark HQ in western Pennsylvania. We have not seen it yet in person. But, it appears to be a great car that should appeal to people that wish to drive electric most of the time and then just drive the rest of the time.

The Clarity PHEV has 47 miles of EV range before being “just a car” that gets 42 MPG when using gas. Those that have access to a 120 volt power outlet at the place where they sleep will wake up with a full battery on any day they can charge for 12 hours. 90% of American trips in 2017 were less than 20 miles one way. So, most drivers (understatement?) would drive on 100% Electric on most days.

Please Contact us so we can help your firm with a workplace EV charging strategy to help your employees with their Clarity PHEV and other great cars with a plug.