PlugShare and Sungevity Team Up to Provide Free Residential Charging Station with Installation to Bay Area PlugShare Members Who Go Solar
VENICE, CA and OAKLAND, CA - September 10, 2015 - Deciding to drive an electric vehicle and installing rooftop solar just got a lot easier for Bay Area homeowners. PlugShare, the makers of the #1 ranked electric vehicle (EV) charging station locator app, and Sungevity, a leading residential solar provider, have teamed up to offer an attractive home energy bundle.
Through the first-of-its-kind Drive Solar program, PlugShare community members in the San Francisco Bay Area can receive both a free home charging station and free station installation when they go solar. The Drive Solar program addresses one of the most significant post-purchase inconveniences of driving an EV: installing a residential charging station. After accounting for the cost of the charging station, electrician labor, shipping, permitting, materials, and a potential panel upgrade, installing a home charging station can cost an EV driver upwards of $2,100.1 Drive Solar capitalizes on the operational efficiencies that emerge when the electrical work for the EV charging station is folded into the residential solar installation process. Furthermore, the program simplifies involvement for the homeowner, reducing two home improvement projects to one.
The charging station that Drive Solar customers will receive is a 7.2 kW GE WattStation™, which serves as an upgrade over the standard wall outlet adapter that comes with an EV. The GE WattStation™ can deliver up to 20 miles of range for each hour of charging, depending on the type of vehicle. For comparison, a standard 120V wall outlet only delivers 2 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging.2 Tesla drivers can opt for free installation of a 240V NEMA 14-50 outlet and 50A breaker to get the most out of their 10 kW Tesla Mobile Connector. Moreover, Sungevity’s efficient, high quality solar technology empowers EV drivers to take another major step towards reducing their dependence on fossil fuels.
While the program is currently limited to San Francisco Bay Area homeowners, PlugShare and Sungevity plan to roll out to additional markets in the coming months. The fast-growing electric vehicle market could represent a budding new opportunity for residential solar installers. According to PlugInsights, PlugShare’s consumer research division, about 13% of drivers who registered an electric vehicle in 2014 had rooftop solar.3 That number is many times higher than the national household solar rate, which is below 1%.4 Meanwhile, the global electric vehicle market doubled each year between 2012 and 20145 and upcoming vehicle introductions, such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt are expected to further bolster sales.
For more information on the Drive Solar program, visit plugshare.com/drivesolar.
PlugShare provides the #1 ranked EV charging station locator app, supporting and empowering a community of over 120,000 plug-in drivers. The PlugShare app hosts the most accurate and complete charging station map in North America with over 30,000 charging sites. PlugShare’s mission is to support the adoption and growth of plug-in car technology to help bring about a sustainable transportation future.
Sungevity is a global solar energy provider focused on making it easy and affordable for homeowners and business owners to benefit from solar power. Leveraging proprietary remote solar design technology, Sungevity can deliver a quote without a site visit. The company continues to grow its global customer base and now services 14 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
GE WattStation is a trademark of the General Electric Company.
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1 GE WattStation™ retails at $549 (before tax); approximate value of three hours of installation services is $300; permitting up to $100; a new breaker panel, if needed, up to $1,000; miscellaneous materials up to $150. Values for permitting, new breaker panel, and miscellaneous materials are based on the outer ranges estimated for these items in Pulling Back the Veil on EV Charging Station Costs, a study by the Rocky Mountain Institute.
2 Developing Infrastructure to Charge Plug-In Electric Vehicles
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4 There are approximately 700,000 US households with solar, or 0.6% of the 116.7 million US households recorded by the 2010 Census.
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