Business Charging & Fleets

Be the change you want to see – join the forward-thinking Oregon businesses who are demonstrating their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by offering EV charging to their customers, tenants and employees.

We’re here for you…and so are Oregon and the federal government.

Whether you are powering a fleet of work vehicles, attracting new business or just keeping customers charged up, we can help you get charging facilities set up at your business or electrify your whole fleet. We even connect you with federal and state programs that help cover the costs of getting your site ready.

Get a rebate for your business

We provide financial incentives to provide charging stations and help encourage EV adoption at your workplace or commercial property. Need technical assistance? We’ve got you. We’ll even help with your infrastructure, line extension and make-ready.

EV charging is as easy as 1,2,3

Planning an EV charging project at your business is a straightforward process. We’ll walk you through planning the project, determining installation requirements, and promoting and maintaining the chargers.

Identify key stakeholders

Contact PGE, an electrical contractor and the property manager.

Evaluate charging needs

Establish how many chargers and what types of chargers to install.

Check the electrical service

A licensed electrician can assess the building’s electrical capacity.

Choose a site

To keep cost low, locate chargers as close to existing infrastructure as possible.

Select chargers

Consider a networked charger for smart charging capabilities.

Estimate costs

Get multiple bids from trusted vendors.

Future proof

Plan to include extra conduit and upsize equipment to account for future EV chargers.

Build

Use contractors with EV experience.

Promote

We can suggest creative campaigns to drive interest to the chargers.

Maintain

Contract with an equipment provider or use an internal crew.

Check-in

Re-evaluate in a few years to keep up with EV growth and technology.

Get more information on local EV programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning an EV charging project at your business is a straightforward process. We’ll walk you through planning the project, determining installation requirements, and promoting and maintaining the chargers.

  • Level 2 is the most common EV charging for the workplace, fleets, tenants and the public.

  • Level 3 DC fast charging is typically installed by EV Charging Networks or utilities because of the high upfront costs. If the site is a good fit for a DC fast charging station, it could be a site host for a charging network.

  • The J1772 connector is standard for level 2 charging and will charge all major EV models. For DC fast charging there are three connector types: CCS (standard for most vehicles), CHAdeMO (standard on some Japanese vehicles) and Tesla (proprietary for Tesla vehicles)

  • If an EV charger is used 4 hours per day, it would cost about $3/day in electricity. Many workplaces and other businesses offer free charging as an employee benefit and/or a reward for choosing clean transportation options.

  • With a pay-to-use model, consider what payment methods are supported by the EV charger. Some require users to have an account and membership card or app associated with that network; while others have a guest payment method or credit card readers.

  • To reduce cost, situate it near electrical infrastructure. It is common to place a dual-port EV charger (a single unit with two cords) at the curb, along the line between two parking spaces.

  • Budget for annual maintenance costs, as well as cellular data and software fees for networked chargers.

Electrify your fleet

Adding electric vehicles to your fleet is a great way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower your operating costs. We’re even doing it here at PGE. Need help? Our experts can provide no-cost one-on-one support to explain the benefits of EVs, recommend the right vehicles, assist with installing charging stations/equipment, and help you plan for your electric fleet. 

When it comes to electric vehicles, there is no reverse.

It won’t happen overnight, but we have confidence in our ability to work together to significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions in our state. We have confidence in you. Here are a few ways we are supporting transportation electrification, with your help.

We are walking the talk around our commitment to advancing transportation electrification in Oregon. More than 60% of our entire fleet will be electric by 2030, including 100% of Class 1 vehicles (sedans, SUVs, small pickups — even forklifts), by 2025.

Cleaner, quieter, less costly to operate – what’s not to love about electric school buses? Especially because the air inside and outside the bus cabin is healthier for our kids, our neighborhoods and all Oregonians. That’s why we are partnering with four public school districts in our service area to enable adoption of electric school buses.

From transit buses and passenger vehicles to electric bikes and community service vehicles, the PGE Drive Change Fund is all about electrifying transportation in Oregon. Do you have a local electric vehicle adoption, EV charging infrastructure and/or education project you would like us to fund? Get in touch.