Current Trends Featured Blog Post November 22, 2022

Traveling With Your Electric Vehicle

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The idea of a road trip or any distance travel with an EV can initially seem daunting, however, EV travel is becoming easier due to increasing battery ranges and the increase of charging stations. Whether you are traveling for the holidays, hitting the road for a fun fall excursion, or simply taking the scenic route, here are some key tips to keep in mind as you head out on your next electric adventure.

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November 22, 2022

Traveling With Your Electric Vehicle

6 Min. Read

The idea of a road trip or any distance travel with an EV can initially seem daunting, however, EV travel is becoming easier due to increasing battery ranges and the increase of charging stations. Whether you are traveling for the holidays, hitting the road for a fun fall excursion, or simply taking the scenic route, here are some key tips to keep in mind as you head out on your next electric adventure.

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November 17, 2022

How to Get a Permit for a Commercial EV Charging Station Installation

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There is an increasing need for charging stations on rental properties and businesses as the electric vehicle (EV) industry continues to grow. Adding an EV charging station to your property is practical and profitable, but it is important to file the necessary paperwork and receive the correct permits before any electrification projects begin.

 

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November 15, 2022

How Often Does My Home EV Charger Need Maintenance?

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Maintaining an electric vehicle (EV) charger is crucial for getting the most efficiency out of your system. Maintenance will ensure that all EV charging components are working efficiently and charging your vehicle at the correct speed. Read more on how often your EV charger should be serviced and why you should consider hiring a professional to help.

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November 10, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and Its Impact on Fleets

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The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is the country’s single largest investment in climate and energy to date and features changes in federal tax credit incentives for those switching to electric vehicles. For fleet managers and drivers considering purchasing an electric vehicle (EV), these tax credit changes may have a huge impact on your EV purchase plans.

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November 8, 2022

Innovations in Electric Vehicle Charging for Multifamily Dwellings

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Plans for constructing a nationwide charging network are already underway; however, at-home charging will likely remain a more convenient option for many electric vehicle (EV) drivers. There is an opportunity for multifamily dwellings to stand out and prepare for the future of electrification by embracing the latest innovations in EV charging.

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November 3, 2022

EV Adoption Is Good Business for Building Owners

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EV sales are increasingly replacing combustion engine vehicles, and EV sales account for 6% of all new vehicle sales with forecasts predicting more than 50% of all car sales to be EV by 2030. This rapid adoption allows building owners to strengthen their brands, increase revenue sources, and attract talent, all while reducing their carbon footprint.

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November 1, 2022

Are EV Chargers Safe for My Home?

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Driving an EV has many benefits, between reducing costs linked to gas and maintenance or reducing one’s environmental footprint, and more consumers are adopting EVs as a result. That said, there are some important considerations regarding EV charger safety for those contemplating an EV purchase or a Level 2 charger installation.

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October 27, 2022

How Can Your Electricians Add Value on Every Service Call?

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Service calls are an excellent opportunity to interact face-to-face with customers, providing value and a need for your expertise in installation, repairs, and maintenance.  You can add value and build long-term relationships through practices such as educating customers and engaging with them to better understand their electrification needs.

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October 25, 2022

5 Common Misconceptions About Multifamily EV Charging

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EV charging stations are an excellent amenity to attract and retain residents already driving EVs or looking to make the switch to an electric vehicle in the future. Property management and ownership might be discouraged by several commonly propagated EV charging myths and misconceptions, missing out on the benefits of adding this valuable amenity as a result.

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October 20, 2022

How Can You Organically Grow Your Workforce?

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The demand for electricians is rapidly growing and the skilled workforce is aging. As a result, electrical contractors trying to recruit new workers face a highly competitive job market. It is important to think about ways to organically grow and train your workforce. Even small contracting firms need to create hiring strategies to avoid finding themselves short-staffed.

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October 18, 2022

Four Benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act for Homeowners

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The Inflation Reduction Act is a plan with an unprecedented scope designed to tackle a number of issues, ranging from rising healthcare costs to stagnant salaries. This extensive project includes measures that promote electrification and clean energy projects. For homeowners, some of these measures will translate into savings and opportunities.

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October 14, 2022

How the Electrification of Transportation Will Change the Utility Business

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EV adoption is accelerating rapidly as more consumers, commercial fleets, and public transport systems are embracing electric vehicles. Now is the right time for utility companies to embrace this increased demand and, with the right strategies in place, become a driver of change and growth.

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October 11, 2022

Main Electric Panel Review is a Must for EV Owners

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Roughly 80% percent of electric vehicle owners charge their EVs at home, but the Level 1 charger provided with the car is usually inadequate and EV owners often upgrade to an @Home Level 2 charger for greater convenience. Depending on the Level 2 EV charger specifications, a new electric panel may be required.

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October 6, 2022

Why You Shouldn't Fully Charge Your EV

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EV batteries rely on complex chemical reactions to store energy and power your vehicle. Ensuring that these reactions take place in optimal conditions will extend your driving range and preserve your battery’s lifespan. Maintaining your battery charge within a safe threshold can protect this important component.

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October 4, 2022

How to Charge Multiple Electric Vehicles at Home

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More people are purchasing electric vehicles (EVs) or planning to than ever before, and new models will be flooding showrooms in the coming months. While the transition to a first EV is a big step, multicar households should think ahead to being a two (or more) electric car family.

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September 29, 2022

Do I Need a Permit to Install an EV Charger At Home?

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As EV adoption numbers continue to rise, drivers are opting for the convenience of at-home charging. Charging an EV overnight at home is affordable, practical, and convenient, however, the installation process requires some research and preparation. For example, do you need a permit to install an at-home EV charger?

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September 27, 2022

Are EV Charging Stations Profitable?

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An EV charging station is an amenity that can make your multifamily or commercial property significantly more appealing. Due to the upfront cost of the installation, it is important to consider the ROI of the project. Let’s take a closer look at costs and revenues.

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September 22, 2022

What Makes EVs Safer Than Gasoline-Powered Vehicles?

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There are many economic, ecological, and practical advantages in switching to an electric vehicle. You’ll save money on “fueling” and maintenance, reduce your environmental impact and carbon footprint, and EVs may also be considered safer than traditional gas-powered cars.

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September 20, 2022

Is It Safe to Charge an EV in the Rain?

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Avoiding water and electricity is sound advice in nearly all situations, but this lesson in safety does not apply to plugging in and charging an EV in the rain thanks to the ingenuity of safety features added to EV chargers.

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September 15, 2022

Are EV Charging Stations Universal?

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Upgrading a multifamily or commercial property with EV chargers will appeal to EV owners. You should recognize that there are different types of EV charging stations available before delving into a project of this nature and scale.

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September 13, 2022

Reasons for Fleet Managers to Switch to EV Beyond Saving Money at the “Pump”

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EVs are much cheaper to “fuel up” than gasoline vehicles. This is only one of the many benefits fleet managers recognize when they shepherd their companies into this sector of the electrification movement.

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September 8, 2022

Creating a Positive ROI for Multifamily EV Charging Stations

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Electric vehicle (EV) charging can be an attractive amenity for your residents and is an investment worth close investigation by multifamily property owners and management companies.

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September 6, 2022

Get the Most out of Your Nanogrid with a Smart Panel

5 Min. Read

On average, electricity prices have gone up 10% in the US in the past two years, and many homeowners are switching to green technologies to mitigate this.

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September 1, 2022

How to Determine the Best Location to Install Your EV Charging Station

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You will want to maximize your convenience by installing your charger in an optimal location for your EV charging needs.

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August 30, 2022

Why You Need a Licensed Electrician for Home Electrification Projects

6 Min. Read

Even with some prior electrical experience, attempting to install complex electrification systems is not advisable without the appropriate training.

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August 26, 2022

How a Nanogrid Can Increase the Value of your Home

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A Nanogrid can represent a significant upfront investment for a homeowner; however, it is an upgrade that will improve the value of your home. This article will explain and explore nanogrids and how they generate economic value for you.

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August 23, 2022

Maintenance Plans are Critical for Home Electrification

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A maintenance agreement is a contract between a homeowner and a certified electrical partner that includes all aspects of the operations and maintenance of a home electrification system. This will have a maintenance plan, scheduled payments, response times in case of failures, and pre-set rates for repairs.

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August 16, 2022

Residential Emergency Generators vs Electric Battery Storage for Your Home: Evaluating the Options

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The two most common options for backup power are emergency generators and electric battery storage. This article will dive into detail in comparing the pros and cons of each system and tell you more about how Qmerit can help.

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August 11, 2022

Five Components You Need for an Effective Nanogrid

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A nanogrid can help support electrification while making you more independent from the grid. Whether you decide to build your nanogrid at once or invest in one component at a time, the following elements will help you design a system adapted to your needs.

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August 4, 2022

How to Determine the Best Spot for EV Charging Stations Installation

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As a homeowner who has just purchased a new EV, you will likely now be in the market for a level 2 charging station. Of course, you will want to maximize your convenience by placing your charger in an optimal location for EV charging.

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August 2, 2022

How Can Multifamily Owners Offset the Cost of EV Charger Installation in Their Properties?

4 Min. Read

EV ownership is surging along with the need for fast and convenient charging solutions. Since most EV drivers prefer to charge their cars at home and many live in multifamily buildings, it may be time to consider EV charger installation at the properties you own or manage.

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July 29, 2022

The Time is Right for Rental Companies to Include EVs

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It is clear the electrification movement is happening, and car rental companies are getting on board. The three major rental car companies, Hertz Global Holdings, Enterprise Holdings, and Avis Budget Group, have all announced they are adding fully electric vehicles to their lineups.

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July 27, 2022

It's Time to Bust the Myth That Electric Vehicles Are Too Expensive for the Average Driver

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As inflation rises and households see their budget shrink, you may wonder if switching to an EV is an intelligent financial decision. Let’s look at whether electric vehicles are too expensive or actually compare favorably to gas-powered vehicles in terms of cost of ownership.

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July 20, 2022

How to Assess Interest in EV Charging for Multifamily Buildings

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Electric vehicle (EV) sales are accelerating, and EV drivers strongly prefer electric car charging at home. These trends will impact your properties and residents, probably sooner rather than later.

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July 14, 2022

EV Charging: A Vital Amenity in the Multifamily Properties of Today and the Future

5 Min. Read

With electric vehicle (EV) adoption on the rise, providing drivers with an EV charger solution that meets their needs in a multifamily space can seem challenging. For owners of multifamily properties, this creates an opportunity to stand out and reduce carbon emissions by exploring EV charging infrastructure options.

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July 12, 2022

Having On-Site EV Charging Solutions at Multifamily Buildings Makes Sense

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Enterprises have more incentives than just PR; becoming greener has shown an economic payout by reducing the amount of electricity they use. Building owners can rely on the LEED certification program to pave a path forward during this change.

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July 7, 2022

Offering a Maintenance/Safety Agreement for Electrification Customers Makes Sense and Dollars

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Offering quality installation services will help you stand out as an expert contractor for their electricity project. However, you can grow a steady stream of recurring business and income by offering maintenance and safety agreements to your clients.

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July 5, 2022

Electrification Expansion: What it takes to be an electrician in this booming market

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Most electrical contractors have been working with the same technology for a long time. They know what they are doing, how to be safe, and how to troubleshoot issues; they have experience. But what happens when that technology changes?

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July 1, 2022

Save Money on Hot Water with an Electric Water Heater

4 Min. Read

Did you know that heating water is the second-largest energy expenditure in your home? And did you know that an electric water heater can significantly impact your environmental footprint and utility bills?

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June 28, 2022

Smart Panel Recommendations for 2022

5 Min. Read

A smart electrical panel is something that many homeowners on their path toward electrification opt in to install. If you have already invested or are planning to invest in technology like solar panels and battery storage, it makes even more sense to get the best value on your investment, and that is where a smart panel can come in. These recommendations will help you get the most out of this device.

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June 23, 2022

EV Charging: A Vital Requirement in the Multifamily Properties of Today and the Future

4 Min. Read

With electric vehicle (EV) adoption on the rise, providing drivers with an EV charging solution that meets their needs in a multifamily space can seem challenging. For owners of multifamily properties, there is an opportunity to stand out and reduce carbon emissions by exploring EV charging infrastructure options.

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June 21, 2022

Electrical Supply Chain Challenges for Q3 2022

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High energy prices and supply chain disruption are affecting most industries. The three major causes are:

  • The global impact of the war in Ukraine.
  • Surprising demand surges after COVID-19.
  • Lingering production and logistics slowdowns from COVID-19.
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June 16, 2022

Is a Smart Panel Right For Your Home?

4 Min. Read

Society is moving away from fossil fuels toward clean electricity created by renewable technologies like solar. With this move, the demand for electricity in the home by using tankless water heaters, electric stoves and ovens, electric heaters, and electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing rapidly. In addition, installing solar panels on rooftops creates its own power. All of these technological advances save homeowners money and are a large part of the solution to climate change.

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June 14, 2022

It’s Time to Get Smart - Your Guide to Smart Electrical Panels, What They Are and Why You Need One

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Digital features have transformed appliances, cars and so much more. Recent electrical panel technology innovations make advanced digital features available to homeowners. Here’s what you need to know about smart electrical panels and their benefits.

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June 9, 2022

The Future of the Grid is Going Nano

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If you want to power a single home or building, you might consider using nanogrids, which are small electrical networks designed to power a single home or building. As electrification increases, switching to local infrastructure is a solution that would make sense for many homeowners and businesses.

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June 7, 2022

Nanogrids - The Smaller But Smarter Solution to Rural Electrification

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As electric vehicle (EV) ownership takes off in cities and suburbs, EV uptake in rural areas lags. Factors such as longer typical driving distances play a part, but access to inexpensive and reliable electricity may be the real culprit.

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June 3, 2022

Installing a Smart Home Panel? Look for These 5 Key Features

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Smart home panels have several benefits, from giving you more control over your energy usage to prioritizing critical circuits during a power outage or peak hours. However, there are some important considerations. Here’s how you can find the best smart home control panel for your residence.

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May 31, 2022

Are You Ready to Take Advantage of the Growing Demand for Nanogrids?

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Innovative technology is changing energy production and usage in electric grids around the globe and here in the U.S. For electrical contractors, this trend means new opportunities. Nanogrids are one of the latest advances. Are you ready to support this growing market?

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May 26, 2022

Increase Your Home Energy IQ and Upgrade Your Electrical System With a Smart Panel

4 Min. Read

Many homeowners are investing in electrification or switching to driving an electric vehicle (EV) to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. But many homeowners miss the opportunity to get the benefits of upgrading their home’s power system with an electrical panel that has smart features.

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May 24, 2022

What's Next for Electrification? How About EV Trucks, Planes and Ships?

4 Min. Read

When you think about electrification, you probably think about electric cars. But have you thought of electrified logistics, services, and public transit vehicles?

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May 20, 2022

Keep Your EV and Charger Safe From Harm With Surge Protection

4 Min. Read

Today’s modern technology is vulnerable to power surges. Protection from surges is also an important consideration when installing an at-home charger for an electric vehicle (EV). The right device will protect your EV, charger and home electrical system from over-voltage.

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May 18, 2022

How the '70s Oil Crisis Led to the First EVs on the Roads

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The current race to find cleaner sources of energy echoes another event. Fifty years ago, an oil embargo caused businesses and consumers to rethink their fossil fuel consumption and explore alternatives. This historical event saw the creation of the first electric cars in a century.

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May 12, 2022

Common Electric Vehicle Myths Debunked

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Whether you’ve purchased an electric vehicle (EV) or are still considering it, you’ve likely heard about the supposed drawbacks and disadvantages of trading in your gasoline-powered car for an electric one. Driving an EV is different from driving a conventional

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May 10, 2022

5 Benefits of an At-Home EV Charging Station Installation

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You love driving your electric vehicle, but probably do not like having to search for or wait at a public charging station. You’ve probably want to install an EV charging station at home but aren’t completely sure what all the benefits would be. For a homeowner or a multifamily resident, the value of an EV charging station installation and having the freedom to charge at home increases daily!

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May 5, 2022

A Quick Guide for New EV Owners

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The number of electric vehicle (EV) owners is increasing rapidly. With gas prices so high and a plethora of new car models from which to choose, that trend will only accelerate. If you’re among the many new EV owners, there are some things you should know. This blog highlights a few essential tips.

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May 3, 2022

Bidirectional charging: What is it and What are the Benefits for EV drivers?

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Bidirectional charging is a relatively new benefit of electric vehicles (EVs), but it’s intriguing, transforming your EV into a home power source and a way to save money. Going bidirectional can save or even make money while benefiting the environment and ensuring additional peace of mind in a power disruption.

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April 28, 2022

How Long Does It Take to Charge a Car Battery With a Portable Charger?

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The battery is a component you’ll find in both EVs and gas-powered cars. However, the function of the battery in these two applications is very different. While an EV battery acts as the primary source of power, the battery of a gas-powered vehicle provides the initial electricity burst needed to crank the engine.

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April 26, 2022

How Many Amps Are Required for a Level 2 Charging Station?

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As a new electric vehicle (EV) owner, you’ve most likely realized that the Level 1 charger (charging cord) delivered with your car is too slow for daily use. And driving to a Level 3 charging station can be inconvenient. So what is the solution? Installing a Level 2 charging station in your home is often the best option.

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April 22, 2022

So, About That Level 1 Charger That Came With Your New Electric Vehicle...

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Your new electric vehicle (EV) came with a “power cord” known as a Level 1 charger. You may ask if all Level 1 chargers are the same or what the best Level 1 EV charger is. In reality, all Level 1 chargers are similar, so asking which is the best is a bit of a trick question.

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April 20, 2022

A Complete Guide to Electrification

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Electric vehicles (EVs) and solar panels are the first things that come to mind when electrification comes up. However, homeowners can explore other options to adopt a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle while lowering energy costs.

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April 15, 2022

Power Your Home and Car With Sunlight, Even at Night

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Home solar panels have come a long way in efficiency and represent one of the most common forms of renewable electricity. However, their immense strength may be their biggest weakness. When the sun goes down or a storm rolls in, your power stops being generated, but your energy needs are still there. So, how do you ensure your fridge keeps running and your electric vehicle (EV) can be charged at any time? Energy storage technologies are the answer.

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April 7, 2022

Guide to EV Charging, Battery Storage and Bidirectional Charging

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Electric vehicles are here to stay. So, the industry will need to address the challenge of battery storage to meet the demand for EV charging units. This guide will walk you through the EV charging industry and arm you with the information you need.

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April 5, 2022

What Is Involved In Whole Home Electrification?

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The shift from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources has accelerated the home electrification movement. As a result, many homeowners are converting their homes to go fully electric, saving money and the environment in the process. Here’s what you should know about electrification and what it could mean for your home.

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March 31, 2022

The Current State of the EV Industry and What Comes Next

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The electric vehicle industry is growing at a rapid pace with automakers actively expanding their EV lineup, federal incentives supporting the development of strong charging infrastructure, and consumers opting for greener forms of transportation.

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March 29, 2022

Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Getting an EV Home Charger (But Were Too Afraid to Ask)

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Savvy consumers take the time to research before they make big purchasing decisions. Asking the right questions and going to the right source are essential. Deciding to join the electric vehicle (EV) revolution involves more than picking the vehicle. Before you take the plunge into the EV world by installing an EV home charger, this guide aims to answer all of your EV questions.

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March 24, 2022

What to Do When You Need to Charge More Than One Car at Home

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With many U.S. cities at or quickly approaching two vehicles per household, the need for a comprehensive home EV charging solution has grown significantly. As drivers purchase and find value with their first electric vehicle (EV), it is reasonable to expect they will see the advantage of adding additional EVs.

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March 22, 2022

How Long Does It Take to Charge an EV at Home?

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The first question every prospective electric vehicle owner asks is: How long does it take to charge an EV? At-home charging gives EV owners a convenient way of keeping their vehicle’s battery full without making a stop at a public charging station a part of their daily commute.

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March 17, 2022

What is a level 3 electric vehicle charger?

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Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular in the mainstream car market and are starting to flood American roadways. Consumers need assurance that they can take charge in the wild when taking a trip with little or no “range anxiety.” Easy access to Level 3 EV charging would  help alleviate with this concern.

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March 15, 2022

Financing EV Home Charging Installations and Electrification Upgrades

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Home charging is now in reach for EV owners. To accelerate the transition to EVs, the federal government, the majority of states and some municipalities are offering incentives to help offset the costs for buyers. This article will explore charging options, costs, and other considerations of implementing a home EV charging solution.

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March 10, 2022

How long does it take to charge an electric car at a public charging station?

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Media attention on government plans to build an infrastructure to support electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. highways may have heightened range anxiety in those considering EVs.

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March 3, 2022

Opportunities and Risks in Multifamily EV Charger Station Installations

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The recent surge in demand for electric vehicles is only the beginning of a much bigger trend. It is clear that the demand for electric cars will continue to grow rapidly. EV charging can provide new revenue streams, increase resident satisfaction and add value to your property.

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March 1, 2022

Electrification Service Trends to Expect in 2022

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The electrification market has been growing at a fast pace. There are many opportunities to explore for drivers, commercial fleet managers, service technicians and more. Read on to learn more about the future of electrification.

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February 24, 2022

Key Considerations When Installing an EV Charger

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As electric vehicles (EV) become more popular, EV charging units are being installed in buildings all around the world. Installing an EV charger is not like plugging in a blender. It is an advanced electrical interface.

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February 22, 2022

5 Common Objections to Commercial Fleet Electrification

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Commercial fleets are finally in a position where a transition to zero-emission EVs isn’t only an environmental consideration, but also a possible financial boon.

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February 18, 2022

What Net Zero Means for Electrical Contractors

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Most of the world’s governments made serious commitments to net-zero emissions amid the worldwide pandemic. Almost 20 months into it, we have already seen enormous changes and growth in the renewable energy industry. The trends show no signs of stopping, either.

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February 15, 2022

Exciting Prospects of EV Trucks for Commercial Fleets

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Automakers are now focusing production toward medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and their potential for electrification. This is especially exciting news for fleet managers who are already transitioning light-duty vehicle fleets to electric.

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February 11, 2022

Increase Driver Productivity During Commercial Fleet Electrification

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Fleet electrification is a crucial step towards eliminating carbon emissions. However, benefits don’t stop there. This investment is an opportunity to rethink your fleet management process.

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February 8, 2022

Energy Storage Batteries Can Power Your Home and Future

7 Min. Read

Adopting clean energy solutions, such as newer energy storage batteries and an electric vehicle, is a huge step toward eliminating your fossil fuel dependence. And it is now more possible than ever.

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February 3, 2022

A Look at New Electric Vehicle Model Rollouts

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Electric vehicles are taking the U.S. automotive market by storm. New model rollouts seem to be announced monthly, and major auto manufacturers have finally joined the race to net zero.

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February 1, 2022

Fleet Electrification Can Help You Meet Commercial ESG Goals

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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals are increasingly becoming a factor in long-term corporate sustainability programs.

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January 27, 2022

How to Choose an EV Charger That is Right for You

4 Min. Read

EV charging is increasingly becoming a daily part of life for many Americans, Canadians and drivers elsewhere around the globe. Understanding the basics of chargers will help ensure a smooth experience of owning and using an EV.

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January 25, 2022

Auto Shows and EVs - Where the Auto Industry Is Heading in 2022 and Beyond

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Slick designs, single-pedal driving, no tailpipes, re-emerging from the pandemic to embrace the future of electric vehicles (EVs) – that’s what 2021 auto shows were all about.

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January 11, 2022

A Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy Transition

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Sustainability is not just about governments and corporations. Regular homeowners are increasingly making decisions that help reduce carbon emissions and make the world a greener place. Luckily, the average person can do a lot to make their home more sustainable with electrification and renewable energy.

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December 21, 2021

Get Electrified for the Holidays and Save: Electrification Trends, Tax Credits and More

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The end of the year is always a great time to think back and reflect on recent accomplishments. And for those who want to adopt some new resolutions, why not look into reducing one’s environmental impact? Thanks to new technologies and a growing range of options, committing to electrification can help reduce your carbon footprint and build a better future.

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December 7, 2021

Traversing the Country in Your EV - Planning your trip with electric charging stations in mind

5 Min. Read

Long-distance vacations are a common electric vehicle (EV) travel concern. However, times are changing. Smooth EV travel regionally and even long-distance treks are possible now! Drivers just need to prepare ahead to find electric charging stations and ensure a successful vacation or outing.

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November 30, 2021

Incentives for Electric Vehicle Drivers

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Drivers are getting more excited about electric vehicles (EVs) as every major automaker and some new entrants to the arena introduce new EV models. However, the likelihood of a driver becoming an EV owner varies greatly with perceptions of cost differences, charger accessibility and consumer incentives, particularly in the U.S.

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November 23, 2021

Electrification Kicks Into High Gear with All-Electric Trains, Boats and More

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A massive transformation is taking place in transportation of all kinds as the world seeks to reduce carbon emissions. Spurred on by major innovations in electric motors and batteries, the world is pushing to go all-electric as early as 2030.

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November 18, 2021

Bidirectional At-Home EV Charging Drives Long-Term Value for Commercial Fleets

4 Min. Read

For fleet managers, electrification requires careful consideration of costs and value. One thing to consider is the value you can create with the electric grid itself. With innovations like bidirectional charging, an EV charging infrastructure can unlock value in more ways than one. Here’s what you need to know about asset management and electrification.

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November 11, 2021

Why You Should Switch to an Electric Vehicle: Incentives for EV Drivers

4 Min. Read

Drivers are getting more excited about electric vehicles (EVs) as every major automaker and some new entrants to the arena introduce new EV models. However, the likelihood of a driver becoming an EV owner varies greatly with perceptions of cost differences, charger accessibility and consumer incentives, particularly in the U.S.

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November 4, 2021

Smart Home Trends — An Opportunity for Electrical Businesses

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Homeowners are embracing the new paradigm of smart, automated homes. It’s the electrical planner’s job to ensure that houses are connected, which means taking care of much more than what the job has traditionally entailed.

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October 26, 2021

Are You Positioned for Growth in Renewable Energy? A Checklist for Electrical Contractors

5 Min. Read

Savvy electrical contractors are reaping tremendous rewards by expanding their services in the renewable energy field by learning that embracing new technologies such as solar integration with battery storage in renewable energy is a lucrative undertaking.

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October 21, 2021

Why EV Fleets Adopt Overnight At Home Charging for Drivers

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A recent J.D. Power study showed that while the bulk of electric vehicle (EV) drivers will likely rely on home charging for the majority of their miles, they do not know it yet. Recent trends in electrification show a strong push for overnight at home charging.

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October 14, 2021

How to Improve Profit Margins as an Electrical Contractor

4 Min. Read

Electrical contractors are already under pressure due to certain material shortages such as steel and copper, and the trend isn’t looking up. However, there are proven ways to save money on electrical equipment that should help you improve profit margins and stock up before certain supplies become hard to find.

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October 5, 2021

Fleet Managers - Which EV Charging Strategy Is Right for You?

4 Min. Read

Electrifying your fleet requires a sound EV charging strategy. Cost, time and convenience are important considerations for building a fleet that is ready to hit the road every morning with a full charge. There are different options to explore, including public EV charging stations and investing in your own infrastructure.

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September 28, 2021

5 Ways for Electrical Contractors to Reliably Increase Profit Margins in 2021

4 Min. Read

2021 has the potential to make or break electrical contractors, given how we’re experiencing both a growth in demand and increasing shortages in electrical supplies and qualified personnel. This is why businesses need to carefully think about their strategy and find reliable ways to increase profit margins in order to come out on top in the next decade. Take a look at a few tips to start you off on the right foot.

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September 21, 2021

Why At-Home EV Charging Is a Gamechanger for Business Fleet Vehicles

3 Min. Read

As the benefits of transitioning your company’s fleet vehicles to electric continue to grow, making sure that your employees don’t have to spend all day at a charging station is crucial. At-home EV charging enhances productivity throughout the day, and with the right strategy, you can guarantee that all employees start their day fully charged.

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September 14, 2021

How Qmerit Helps Home Based Fleet Managers Take Control of EV Charging Installations

2 Min. Read

While the EV fleet transformation has been limited to larger vehicles, the electrification of light fleet vehicles is catching up as EV charger installations at home allow drivers to wake up to a full battery and hit the road without heading to a centralized facility first.

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September 9, 2021

Train Your Contractors in EVs and Emerging Technologies for More Electrification Jobs

4 Min. Read

While most electrical contractors are on board with the renewable energy transition, they often don’t know where to start with their workforce.  Help your employees deliver new services and tap into emerging technologies for the growing market of electrification jobs.

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September 7, 2021

Handling EV Driver Reimbursements With At-Home EV Fleets

5 Min. Read

Over the past decades, we have gotten used to gas station cards, mileage allowances and similar solutions for driver reimbursement. But now how do we handle EV driver reimbursements?

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August 31, 2021

Helping Your Customers Go Electric: EV Charging Installation Opportunities for Contractors

4 Min. Read

In a unique situation, all auto companies are starting to embrace electric vehicles (EVs). This presents EV opportunities for electrical contractors, enabling them to find new clients in this emergent market.

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August 24, 2021

EV ROI Considerations for Distributed At-Home Fleets

6 Min. Read

Affordable emission-free electric vehicles (EVs) are no longer a sci-fi prospect. Fleet managers across the nation are experimenting with different ways to introduce EVs into their businesses.

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August 17, 2021

How to Become an Electrification Leader in Your Local Market

5 Min. Read

Take the right steps in adapting your electrical company to lead the change in your local market, before everyone else catches up.

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August 10, 2021

The Severe Electrician Shortage in America of 2021: Is there an end in sight?

5 Min. Read

Finding skilled workers remains a challenge for many industries. But what’s behind the shortage, and what’s changed? Here’s an overview of the current state and what you can expect the future to look like.

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August 3, 2021

NEMA 14-50 and GFCI Breakers — Connecting EV Charging Stations

3 Min. Read

Recent amendments to the electrical code increase the need for ground fault protection when using NEMA 14-50 outlets and introduce new complications into the process of installing these outlets.

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July 28, 2021

Trends in EV Policies and Regulations That At-Home Fleet Managers Should Know About

4 Min. Read

Take a look at this overview of federal and local EV policies that fleet managers should know about on their path to electrification.

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July 21, 2021

What you need to know about electrification licenses and permits as an electrical contractor

4 Min. Read

Equipped with an understanding of green licenses and permits, you can open your business to contracts in various niches. This includes at-home EV charger station installations.

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July 13, 2021

EV Charging Installation 101 - What electrical contractors should know

5 Min. Read

As electric vehicles (EVs) grow in popularity and entire commercial fleets adopt them, electrical contractors are looking to offer solutions for this new customer base.

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July 6, 2021

Ways to Overcome the Challenges of Fleet Electrification While Upgrading Your Distributed Fleet to EV

5 Min. Read

Fleet electrification is gaining popularity as new energy efficiency initiatives are rolling out. But so far it hasn’t been an easy or streamlined process.

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June 30, 2021

Finding New Roles for Electrical Contractors in Emerging Green Energy

4 Min. Read

Like a massive destructive wave, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the globe full force in 2020 but the demand for electrical contractors remains strong, and new opportunities are plentiful.

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June 1, 2021

When Are the EVs Coming?

3 Min. Read

While the EV market has been growing for years, 2021 is poised to be the year where electric vehicles become mainstream.

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May 3, 2021

This Unique Contractor Scoring System Selects the Best EV Charging Station Installers

3 Min. Read

The ABC’s of EV charging stations and installation options.

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July 30, 2019

A Harvard Business Publishing Case Study: Qmerit and Schneider Electric Partner to Increase Innovation

2 Min. Read

Schneider and Qmerit’s joint venture was so successful for both companies that Qmerit received a particular call-out in a case study about Schneider Electric published in the Harvard Business School Review.

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May 10, 2019

Top 5 Takeaways From the NYC Formula E Race

3 Min. Read

As the dominoes continue to fall in favor of Electric Vehicle advancement, we can see from a business standpoint that we should keep a close eye on the EV industry.

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September 12, 2018

Intro to Level 1 and Level 2 EV Charging at Home

0 Min. Read

Are you considering switching to an Electric Vehicle?  Ever wondered how you charge an EV at home?

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November 17, 2022

How to Get a Permit for a Commercial EV Charging Station Installation

4 MIN. READ

There is an increasing need for charging stations on rental properties and businesses as the electric vehicle (EV) industry continues to grow. Adding an EV charging station to your property is practical and profitable, but it is important to file the necessary paperwork and receive the correct permits before any electrification projects begin.

 

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November 3, 2022

EV Adoption Is Good Business for Building Owners

3 MIN. READ

EV sales are increasingly replacing combustion engine vehicles, and EV sales account for 6% of all new vehicle sales with forecasts predicting more than 50% of all car sales to be EV by 2030. This rapid adoption allows building owners to strengthen their brands, increase revenue sources, and attract talent, all while reducing their carbon footprint.

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September 27, 2022

Are EV Charging Stations Profitable?

3 MIN. READ

An EV charging station is an amenity that can make your multifamily or commercial property significantly more appealing. Due to the upfront cost of the installation, it is important to consider the ROI of the project. Let’s take a closer look at costs and revenues.

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September 15, 2022

Are EV Charging Stations Universal?

3 MIN. READ

Upgrading a multifamily or commercial property with EV chargers will appeal to EV owners. You should recognize that there are different types of EV charging stations available before delving into a project of this nature and scale.

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September 13, 2022

Reasons for Fleet Managers to Switch to EV Beyond Saving Money at the “Pump”

4 MIN. READ

EVs are much cheaper to “fuel up” than gasoline vehicles. This is only one of the many benefits fleet managers recognize when they shepherd their companies into this sector of the electrification movement.

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October 27, 2022

How Can Your Electricians Add Value on Every Service Call?

4 MIN. READ

Service calls are an excellent opportunity to interact face-to-face with customers, providing value and a need for your expertise in installation, repairs, and maintenance.  You can add value and build long-term relationships through practices such as educating customers and engaging with them to better understand their electrification needs.

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October 20, 2022

How Can You Organically Grow Your Workforce?

3 MIN. READ

The demand for electricians is rapidly growing and the skilled workforce is aging. As a result, electrical contractors trying to recruit new workers face a highly competitive job market. It is important to think about ways to organically grow and train your workforce. Even small contracting firms need to create hiring strategies to avoid finding themselves short-staffed.

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August 23, 2022

Maintenance Plans are Critical for Home Electrification

4 MIN. READ

A maintenance agreement is a contract between a homeowner and a certified electrical partner that includes all aspects of the operations and maintenance of a home electrification system. This will have a maintenance plan, scheduled payments, response times in case of failures, and pre-set rates for repairs.

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August 16, 2022

Residential Emergency Generators vs Electric Battery Storage for Your Home: Evaluating the Options

4 MIN. READ

The two most common options for backup power are emergency generators and electric battery storage. This article will dive into detail in comparing the pros and cons of each system and tell you more about how Qmerit can help.

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July 7, 2022

Offering a Maintenance/Safety Agreement for Electrification Customers Makes Sense and Dollars

4 MIN. READ

Offering quality installation services will help you stand out as an expert contractor for their electricity project. However, you can grow a steady stream of recurring business and income by offering maintenance and safety agreements to your clients.

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July 5, 2022

Electrification Expansion: What it takes to be an electrician in this booming market

5 MIN. READ

Most electrical contractors have been working with the same technology for a long time. They know what they are doing, how to be safe, and how to troubleshoot issues; they have experience. But what happens when that technology changes?

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June 21, 2022

Electrical Supply Chain Challenges for Q3 2022

2 MIN. READ

High energy prices and supply chain disruption are affecting most industries. The three major causes are:

  • The global impact of the war in Ukraine.
  • Surprising demand surges after COVID-19.
  • Lingering production and logistics slowdowns from COVID-19.
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April 7, 2022

Guide to EV Charging, Battery Storage and Bidirectional Charging

4 MIN. READ

Electric vehicles are here to stay. So, the industry will need to address the challenge of battery storage to meet the demand for EV charging units. This guide will walk you through the EV charging industry and arm you with the information you need.

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March 3, 2022

Opportunities and Risks in Multifamily EV Charger Station Installations

5 MIN. READ

The recent surge in demand for electric vehicles is only the beginning of a much bigger trend. It is clear that the demand for electric cars will continue to grow rapidly. EV charging can provide new revenue streams, increase resident satisfaction and add value to your property.

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March 1, 2022

Electrification Service Trends to Expect in 2022

4 MIN. READ

The electrification market has been growing at a fast pace. There are many opportunities to explore for drivers, commercial fleet managers, service technicians and more. Read on to learn more about the future of electrification.

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February 18, 2022

What Net Zero Means for Electrical Contractors

4 MIN. READ

Most of the world’s governments made serious commitments to net-zero emissions amid the worldwide pandemic. Almost 20 months into it, we have already seen enormous changes and growth in the renewable energy industry. The trends show no signs of stopping, either.

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November 4, 2021

Smart Home Trends — An Opportunity for Electrical Businesses

5 MIN. READ

Homeowners are embracing the new paradigm of smart, automated homes. It’s the electrical planner’s job to ensure that houses are connected, which means taking care of much more than what the job has traditionally entailed.

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October 26, 2021

Are You Positioned for Growth in Renewable Energy? A Checklist for Electrical Contractors

5 MIN. READ

Savvy electrical contractors are reaping tremendous rewards by expanding their services in the renewable energy field by learning that embracing new technologies such as solar integration with battery storage in renewable energy is a lucrative undertaking.

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October 14, 2021

How to Improve Profit Margins as an Electrical Contractor

5 MIN. READ

Electrical contractors are already under pressure due to certain material shortages such as steel and copper, and the trend isn’t looking up. However, there are proven ways to save money on electrical equipment that should help you improve profit margins and stock up before certain supplies become hard to find.

Read More
September 28, 2021

5 Ways for Electrical Contractors to Reliably Increase Profit Margins in 2021

5 MIN. READ

2021 has the potential to make or break electrical contractors, given how we’re experiencing both a growth in demand and increasing shortages in electrical supplies and qualified personnel. This is why businesses need to carefully think about their strategy and find reliable ways to increase profit margins in order to come out on top in the next decade. Take a look at a few tips to start you off on the right foot.

Read More
September 9, 2021

Train Your Contractors in EVs and Emerging Technologies for More Electrification Jobs

5 MIN. READ

While most electrical contractors are on board with the renewable energy transition, they often don’t know where to start with their workforce.  Help your employees deliver new services and tap into emerging technologies for the growing market of electrification jobs.

Read More
August 31, 2021

Helping Your Customers Go Electric: EV Charging Installation Opportunities for Contractors

5 MIN. READ

In a unique situation, all auto companies are starting to embrace electric vehicles (EVs). This presents EV opportunities for electrical contractors, enabling them to find new clients in this emergent market.

Read More
August 10, 2021

The Severe Electrician Shortage in America of 2021: Is there an end in sight?

7 MIN. READ

Finding skilled workers remains a challenge for many industries. But what’s behind the shortage, and what’s changed? Here’s an overview of the current state and what you can expect the future to look like.

Read More
August 3, 2021

NEMA 14-50 and GFCI Breakers — Connecting EV Charging Stations

4 MIN. READ

Recent amendments to the electrical code increase the need for ground fault protection when using NEMA 14-50 outlets and introduce new complications into the process of installing these outlets.

Read More
July 21, 2021

What you need to know about electrification licenses and permits as an electrical contractor

4 MIN. READ

Equipped with an understanding of green licenses and permits, you can open your business to contracts in various niches. This includes at-home EV charger station installations.

Read More
July 13, 2021

EV Charging Installation 101 - What electrical contractors should know

6 MIN. READ

As electric vehicles (EVs) grow in popularity and entire commercial fleets adopt them, electrical contractors are looking to offer solutions for this new customer base.

Read More
June 30, 2021

Finding New Roles for Electrical Contractors in Emerging Green Energy

5 MIN. READ

Like a massive destructive wave, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the globe full force in 2020 but the demand for electrical contractors remains strong, and new opportunities are plentiful.

Read More
May 3, 2021

This Unique Contractor Scoring System Selects the Best EV Charging Station Installers

5 MIN. READ

The ABC’s of EV charging stations and installation options.

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November 22, 2022

Traveling With Your Electric Vehicle

5 MIN. READ

The idea of a road trip or any distance travel with an EV can initially seem daunting, however, EV travel is becoming easier due to increasing battery ranges and the increase of charging stations. Whether you are traveling for the holidays, hitting the road for a fun fall excursion, or simply taking the scenic route, here are some key tips to keep in mind as you head out on your next electric adventure.

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November 15, 2022

How Often Does My Home EV Charger Need Maintenance?

4 MIN. READ

Maintaining an electric vehicle (EV) charger is crucial for getting the most efficiency out of your system. Maintenance will ensure that all EV charging components are working efficiently and charging your vehicle at the correct speed. Read more on how often your EV charger should be serviced and why you should consider hiring a professional to help.

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November 1, 2022

Are EV Chargers Safe for My Home?

3 MIN. READ

Driving an EV has many benefits, between reducing costs linked to gas and maintenance or reducing one’s environmental footprint, and more consumers are adopting EVs as a result. That said, there are some important considerations regarding EV charger safety for those contemplating an EV purchase or a Level 2 charger installation.

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October 18, 2022

Four Benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act for Homeowners

4 MIN. READ

The Inflation Reduction Act is a plan with an unprecedented scope designed to tackle a number of issues, ranging from rising healthcare costs to stagnant salaries. This extensive project includes measures that promote electrification and clean energy projects. For homeowners, some of these measures will translate into savings and opportunities.

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October 14, 2022

How the Electrification of Transportation Will Change the Utility Business

4 MIN. READ

EV adoption is accelerating rapidly as more consumers, commercial fleets, and public transport systems are embracing electric vehicles. Now is the right time for utility companies to embrace this increased demand and, with the right strategies in place, become a driver of change and growth.

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October 11, 2022

Main Electric Panel Review is a Must for EV Owners

4 MIN. READ

Roughly 80% percent of electric vehicle owners charge their EVs at home, but the Level 1 charger provided with the car is usually inadequate and EV owners often upgrade to an @Home Level 2 charger for greater convenience. Depending on the Level 2 EV charger specifications, a new electric panel may be required.

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October 6, 2022

Why You Shouldn't Fully Charge Your EV

2 MIN. READ

EV batteries rely on complex chemical reactions to store energy and power your vehicle. Ensuring that these reactions take place in optimal conditions will extend your driving range and preserve your battery’s lifespan. Maintaining your battery charge within a safe threshold can protect this important component.

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October 4, 2022

How to Charge Multiple Electric Vehicles at Home

4 MIN. READ

More people are purchasing electric vehicles (EVs) or planning to than ever before, and new models will be flooding showrooms in the coming months. While the transition to a first EV is a big step, multicar households should think ahead to being a two (or more) electric car family.

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September 29, 2022

Do I Need a Permit to Install an EV Charger At Home?

3 MIN. READ

As EV adoption numbers continue to rise, drivers are opting for the convenience of at-home charging. Charging an EV overnight at home is affordable, practical, and convenient, however, the installation process requires some research and preparation. For example, do you need a permit to install an at-home EV charger?

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September 22, 2022

What Makes EVs Safer Than Gasoline-Powered Vehicles?

3 MIN. READ

There are many economic, ecological, and practical advantages in switching to an electric vehicle. You’ll save money on “fueling” and maintenance, reduce your environmental impact and carbon footprint, and EVs may also be considered safer than traditional gas-powered cars.

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September 20, 2022

Is It Safe to Charge an EV in the Rain?

3 MIN. READ

Avoiding water and electricity is sound advice in nearly all situations, but this lesson in safety does not apply to plugging in and charging an EV in the rain thanks to the ingenuity of safety features added to EV chargers.

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September 6, 2022

Get the Most out of Your Nanogrid with a Smart Panel

4 MIN. READ

On average, electricity prices have gone up 10% in the US in the past two years, and many homeowners are switching to green technologies to mitigate this.

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September 1, 2022

How to Determine the Best Location to Install Your EV Charging Station

4 MIN. READ

You will want to maximize your convenience by installing your charger in an optimal location for your EV charging needs.

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August 30, 2022

Why You Need a Licensed Electrician for Home Electrification Projects

4 MIN. READ

Even with some prior electrical experience, attempting to install complex electrification systems is not advisable without the appropriate training.

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August 26, 2022

How a Nanogrid Can Increase the Value of your Home

4 MIN. READ

A Nanogrid can represent a significant upfront investment for a homeowner; however, it is an upgrade that will improve the value of your home. This article will explain and explore nanogrids and how they generate economic value for you.

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August 23, 2022

Maintenance Plans are Critical for Home Electrification

4 MIN. READ

A maintenance agreement is a contract between a homeowner and a certified electrical partner that includes all aspects of the operations and maintenance of a home electrification system. This will have a maintenance plan, scheduled payments, response times in case of failures, and pre-set rates for repairs.

Read More
August 16, 2022

Residential Emergency Generators vs Electric Battery Storage for Your Home: Evaluating the Options

4 MIN. READ

The two most common options for backup power are emergency generators and electric battery storage. This article will dive into detail in comparing the pros and cons of each system and tell you more about how Qmerit can help.

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August 11, 2022

Five Components You Need for an Effective Nanogrid

4 MIN. READ

A nanogrid can help support electrification while making you more independent from the grid. Whether you decide to build your nanogrid at once or invest in one component at a time, the following elements will help you design a system adapted to your needs.

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August 4, 2022

How to Determine the Best Spot for EV Charging Stations Installation

4 MIN. READ

As a homeowner who has just purchased a new EV, you will likely now be in the market for a level 2 charging station. Of course, you will want to maximize your convenience by placing your charger in an optimal location for EV charging.

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July 29, 2022

The Time is Right for Rental Companies to Include EVs

4 MIN. READ

It is clear the electrification movement is happening, and car rental companies are getting on board. The three major rental car companies, Hertz Global Holdings, Enterprise Holdings, and Avis Budget Group, have all announced they are adding fully electric vehicles to their lineups.

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July 27, 2022

It's Time to Bust the Myth That Electric Vehicles Are Too Expensive for the Average Driver

4 MIN. READ

As inflation rises and households see their budget shrink, you may wonder if switching to an EV is an intelligent financial decision. Let’s look at whether electric vehicles are too expensive or actually compare favorably to gas-powered vehicles in terms of cost of ownership.

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July 1, 2022

Save Money on Hot Water with an Electric Water Heater

4 MIN. READ

Did you know that heating water is the second-largest energy expenditure in your home? And did you know that an electric water heater can significantly impact your environmental footprint and utility bills?

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June 28, 2022

Smart Panel Recommendations for 2022

4 MIN. READ

A smart electrical panel is something that many homeowners on their path toward electrification opt in to install. If you have already invested or are planning to invest in technology like solar panels and battery storage, it makes even more sense to get the best value on your investment, and that is where a smart panel can come in. These recommendations will help you get the most out of this device.

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June 16, 2022

Is a Smart Panel Right For Your Home?

4 MIN. READ

Society is moving away from fossil fuels toward clean electricity created by renewable technologies like solar. With this move, the demand for electricity in the home by using tankless water heaters, electric stoves and ovens, electric heaters, and electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing rapidly. In addition, installing solar panels on rooftops creates its own power. All of these technological advances save homeowners money and are a large part of the solution to climate change.

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June 14, 2022

It’s Time to Get Smart - Your Guide to Smart Electrical Panels, What They Are and Why You Need One

5 MIN. READ

Digital features have transformed appliances, cars and so much more. Recent electrical panel technology innovations make advanced digital features available to homeowners. Here’s what you need to know about smart electrical panels and their benefits.

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June 9, 2022

The Future of the Grid is Going Nano

3 MIN. READ

If you want to power a single home or building, you might consider using nanogrids, which are small electrical networks designed to power a single home or building. As electrification increases, switching to local infrastructure is a solution that would make sense for many homeowners and businesses.

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June 7, 2022

Nanogrids - The Smaller But Smarter Solution to Rural Electrification

3 MIN. READ

As electric vehicle (EV) ownership takes off in cities and suburbs, EV uptake in rural areas lags. Factors such as longer typical driving distances play a part, but access to inexpensive and reliable electricity may be the real culprit.

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June 3, 2022

Installing a Smart Home Panel? Look for These 5 Key Features

4 MIN. READ

Smart home panels have several benefits, from giving you more control over your energy usage to prioritizing critical circuits during a power outage or peak hours. However, there are some important considerations. Here’s how you can find the best smart home control panel for your residence.

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May 31, 2022

Are You Ready to Take Advantage of the Growing Demand for Nanogrids?

4 MIN. READ

Innovative technology is changing energy production and usage in electric grids around the globe and here in the U.S. For electrical contractors, this trend means new opportunities. Nanogrids are one of the latest advances. Are you ready to support this growing market?

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May 26, 2022

Increase Your Home Energy IQ and Upgrade Your Electrical System With a Smart Panel

4 MIN. READ

Many homeowners are investing in electrification or switching to driving an electric vehicle (EV) to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. But many homeowners miss the opportunity to get the benefits of upgrading their home’s power system with an electrical panel that has smart features.

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May 24, 2022

What's Next for Electrification? How About EV Trucks, Planes and Ships?

3 MIN. READ

When you think about electrification, you probably think about electric cars. But have you thought of electrified logistics, services, and public transit vehicles?

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May 20, 2022

Keep Your EV and Charger Safe From Harm With Surge Protection

4 MIN. READ

Today’s modern technology is vulnerable to power surges. Protection from surges is also an important consideration when installing an at-home charger for an electric vehicle (EV). The right device will protect your EV, charger and home electrical system from over-voltage.

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May 18, 2022

How the '70s Oil Crisis Led to the First EVs on the Roads

4 MIN. READ

The current race to find cleaner sources of energy echoes another event. Fifty years ago, an oil embargo caused businesses and consumers to rethink their fossil fuel consumption and explore alternatives. This historical event saw the creation of the first electric cars in a century.

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May 12, 2022

Common Electric Vehicle Myths Debunked

4 MIN. READ

Whether you’ve purchased an electric vehicle (EV) or are still considering it, you’ve likely heard about the supposed drawbacks and disadvantages of trading in your gasoline-powered car for an electric one. Driving an EV is different from driving a conventional

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May 10, 2022

5 Benefits of an At-Home EV Charging Station Installation

5 MIN. READ

You love driving your electric vehicle, but probably do not like having to search for or wait at a public charging station. You’ve probably want to install an EV charging station at home but aren’t completely sure what all the benefits would be. For a homeowner or a multifamily resident, the value of an EV charging station installation and having the freedom to charge at home increases daily!

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May 5, 2022

A Quick Guide for New EV Owners

3 MIN. READ

The number of electric vehicle (EV) owners is increasing rapidly. With gas prices so high and a plethora of new car models from which to choose, that trend will only accelerate. If you’re among the many new EV owners, there are some things you should know. This blog highlights a few essential tips.

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May 3, 2022

Bidirectional charging: What is it and What are the Benefits for EV drivers?

4 MIN. READ

Bidirectional charging is a relatively new benefit of electric vehicles (EVs), but it’s intriguing, transforming your EV into a home power source and a way to save money. Going bidirectional can save or even make money while benefiting the environment and ensuring additional peace of mind in a power disruption.

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April 28, 2022

How Long Does It Take to Charge a Car Battery With a Portable Charger?

3 MIN. READ

The battery is a component you’ll find in both EVs and gas-powered cars. However, the function of the battery in these two applications is very different. While an EV battery acts as the primary source of power, the battery of a gas-powered vehicle provides the initial electricity burst needed to crank the engine.

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April 26, 2022

How Many Amps Are Required for a Level 2 Charging Station?

3 MIN. READ

As a new electric vehicle (EV) owner, you’ve most likely realized that the Level 1 charger (charging cord) delivered with your car is too slow for daily use. And driving to a Level 3 charging station can be inconvenient. So what is the solution? Installing a Level 2 charging station in your home is often the best option.

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April 22, 2022

So, About That Level 1 Charger That Came With Your New Electric Vehicle...

2 MIN. READ

Your new electric vehicle (EV) came with a “power cord” known as a Level 1 charger. You may ask if all Level 1 chargers are the same or what the best Level 1 EV charger is. In reality, all Level 1 chargers are similar, so asking which is the best is a bit of a trick question.

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April 20, 2022

A Complete Guide to Electrification

4 MIN. READ

Electric vehicles (EVs) and solar panels are the first things that come to mind when electrification comes up. However, homeowners can explore other options to adopt a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle while lowering energy costs.

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April 15, 2022

Power Your Home and Car With Sunlight, Even at Night

4 MIN. READ

Home solar panels have come a long way in efficiency and represent one of the most common forms of renewable electricity. However, their immense strength may be their biggest weakness. When the sun goes down or a storm rolls in, your power stops being generated, but your energy needs are still there. So, how do you ensure your fridge keeps running and your electric vehicle (EV) can be charged at any time? Energy storage technologies are the answer.

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April 7, 2022

Guide to EV Charging, Battery Storage and Bidirectional Charging

4 MIN. READ

Electric vehicles are here to stay. So, the industry will need to address the challenge of battery storage to meet the demand for EV charging units. This guide will walk you through the EV charging industry and arm you with the information you need.

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April 5, 2022

What Is Involved In Whole Home Electrification?

3 MIN. READ

The shift from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources has accelerated the home electrification movement. As a result, many homeowners are converting their homes to go fully electric, saving money and the environment in the process. Here’s what you should know about electrification and what it could mean for your home.

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March 31, 2022

The Current State of the EV Industry and What Comes Next

4 MIN. READ

The electric vehicle industry is growing at a rapid pace with automakers actively expanding their EV lineup, federal incentives supporting the development of strong charging infrastructure, and consumers opting for greener forms of transportation.

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March 29, 2022

Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Getting an EV Home Charger (But Were Too Afraid to Ask)

5 MIN. READ

Savvy consumers take the time to research before they make big purchasing decisions. Asking the right questions and going to the right source are essential. Deciding to join the electric vehicle (EV) revolution involves more than picking the vehicle. Before you take the plunge into the EV world by installing an EV home charger, this guide aims to answer all of your EV questions.

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March 24, 2022

What to Do When You Need to Charge More Than One Car at Home

4 MIN. READ

With many U.S. cities at or quickly approaching two vehicles per household, the need for a comprehensive home EV charging solution has grown significantly. As drivers purchase and find value with their first electric vehicle (EV), it is reasonable to expect they will see the advantage of adding additional EVs.

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March 22, 2022

How Long Does It Take to Charge an EV at Home?

4 MIN. READ

The first question every prospective electric vehicle owner asks is: How long does it take to charge an EV? At-home charging gives EV owners a convenient way of keeping their vehicle’s battery full without making a stop at a public charging station a part of their daily commute.

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March 17, 2022

What is a level 3 electric vehicle charger?

3 MIN. READ

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular in the mainstream car market and are starting to flood American roadways. Consumers need assurance that they can take charge in the wild when taking a trip with little or no “range anxiety.” Easy access to Level 3 EV charging would  help alleviate with this concern.

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March 15, 2022

Financing EV Home Charging Installations and Electrification Upgrades

4 MIN. READ

Home charging is now in reach for EV owners. To accelerate the transition to EVs, the federal government, the majority of states and some municipalities are offering incentives to help offset the costs for buyers. This article will explore charging options, costs, and other considerations of implementing a home EV charging solution.

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March 10, 2022

How long does it take to charge an electric car at a public charging station?

4 MIN. READ

Media attention on government plans to build an infrastructure to support electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. highways may have heightened range anxiety in those considering EVs.

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February 24, 2022

Key Considerations When Installing an EV Charger

4 MIN. READ

As electric vehicles (EV) become more popular, EV charging units are being installed in buildings all around the world. Installing an EV charger is not like plugging in a blender. It is an advanced electrical interface.

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February 8, 2022

Energy Storage Batteries Can Power Your Home and Future

6 MIN. READ

Adopting clean energy solutions, such as newer energy storage batteries and an electric vehicle, is a huge step toward eliminating your fossil fuel dependence. And it is now more possible than ever.

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February 3, 2022

A Look at New Electric Vehicle Model Rollouts

7 MIN. READ

Electric vehicles are taking the U.S. automotive market by storm. New model rollouts seem to be announced monthly, and major auto manufacturers have finally joined the race to net zero.

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January 27, 2022

How to Choose an EV Charger That is Right for You

4 MIN. READ

EV charging is increasingly becoming a daily part of life for many Americans, Canadians and drivers elsewhere around the globe. Understanding the basics of chargers will help ensure a smooth experience of owning and using an EV.

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January 25, 2022

Auto Shows and EVs - Where the Auto Industry Is Heading in 2022 and Beyond

5 MIN. READ

Slick designs, single-pedal driving, no tailpipes, re-emerging from the pandemic to embrace the future of electric vehicles (EVs) – that’s what 2021 auto shows were all about.

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January 11, 2022

A Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy Transition

5 MIN. READ

Sustainability is not just about governments and corporations. Regular homeowners are increasingly making decisions that help reduce carbon emissions and make the world a greener place. Luckily, the average person can do a lot to make their home more sustainable with electrification and renewable energy.

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December 21, 2021

Get Electrified for the Holidays and Save: Electrification Trends, Tax Credits and More

5 MIN. READ

The end of the year is always a great time to think back and reflect on recent accomplishments. And for those who want to adopt some new resolutions, why not look into reducing one’s environmental impact? Thanks to new technologies and a growing range of options, committing to electrification can help reduce your carbon footprint and build a better future.

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December 7, 2021

Traversing the Country in Your EV - Planning your trip with electric charging stations in mind

6 MIN. READ

Long-distance vacations are a common electric vehicle (EV) travel concern. However, times are changing. Smooth EV travel regionally and even long-distance treks are possible now! Drivers just need to prepare ahead to find electric charging stations and ensure a successful vacation or outing.

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November 30, 2021

Incentives for Electric Vehicle Drivers

4 MIN. READ

Drivers are getting more excited about electric vehicles (EVs) as every major automaker and some new entrants to the arena introduce new EV models. However, the likelihood of a driver becoming an EV owner varies greatly with perceptions of cost differences, charger accessibility and consumer incentives, particularly in the U.S.

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November 23, 2021

Electrification Kicks Into High Gear with All-Electric Trains, Boats and More

6 MIN. READ

A massive transformation is taking place in transportation of all kinds as the world seeks to reduce carbon emissions. Spurred on by major innovations in electric motors and batteries, the world is pushing to go all-electric as early as 2030.

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November 18, 2021

Bidirectional At-Home EV Charging Drives Long-Term Value for Commercial Fleets

4 MIN. READ

For fleet managers, electrification requires careful consideration of costs and value. One thing to consider is the value you can create with the electric grid itself. With innovations like bidirectional charging, an EV charging infrastructure can unlock value in more ways than one. Here’s what you need to know about asset management and electrification.

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November 11, 2021

Why You Should Switch to an Electric Vehicle: Incentives for EV Drivers

4 MIN. READ

Drivers are getting more excited about electric vehicles (EVs) as every major automaker and some new entrants to the arena introduce new EV models. However, the likelihood of a driver becoming an EV owner varies greatly with perceptions of cost differences, charger accessibility and consumer incentives, particularly in the U.S.

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August 31, 2021

Helping Your Customers Go Electric: EV Charging Installation Opportunities for Contractors

5 MIN. READ

In a unique situation, all auto companies are starting to embrace electric vehicles (EVs). This presents EV opportunities for electrical contractors, enabling them to find new clients in this emergent market.

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August 17, 2021

How to Become an Electrification Leader in Your Local Market

6 MIN. READ

Take the right steps in adapting your electrical company to lead the change in your local market, before everyone else catches up.

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August 3, 2021

NEMA 14-50 and GFCI Breakers — Connecting EV Charging Stations

4 MIN. READ

Recent amendments to the electrical code increase the need for ground fault protection when using NEMA 14-50 outlets and introduce new complications into the process of installing these outlets.

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July 13, 2021

EV Charging Installation 101 - What electrical contractors should know

6 MIN. READ

As electric vehicles (EVs) grow in popularity and entire commercial fleets adopt them, electrical contractors are looking to offer solutions for this new customer base.

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June 1, 2021

When Are the EVs Coming?

6 MIN. READ

While the EV market has been growing for years, 2021 is poised to be the year where electric vehicles become mainstream.

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May 3, 2021

This Unique Contractor Scoring System Selects the Best EV Charging Station Installers

5 MIN. READ

The ABC’s of EV charging stations and installation options.

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July 30, 2019

A Harvard Business Publishing Case Study: Qmerit and Schneider Electric Partner to Increase Innovation

5 MIN. READ

Schneider and Qmerit’s joint venture was so successful for both companies that Qmerit received a particular call-out in a case study about Schneider Electric published in the Harvard Business School Review.

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May 10, 2019

Top 5 Takeaways From the NYC Formula E Race

3 MIN. READ

As the dominoes continue to fall in favor of Electric Vehicle advancement, we can see from a business standpoint that we should keep a close eye on the EV industry.

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September 12, 2018

Intro to Level 1 and Level 2 EV Charging at Home

3 MIN. READ

Are you considering switching to an Electric Vehicle?  Ever wondered how you charge an EV at home?

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November 10, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and Its Impact on Fleets

4 MIN. READ

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is the country’s single largest investment in climate and energy to date and features changes in federal tax credit incentives for those switching to electric vehicles. For fleet managers and drivers considering purchasing an electric vehicle (EV), these tax credit changes may have a huge impact on your EV purchase plans.

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September 13, 2022

Reasons for Fleet Managers to Switch to EV Beyond Saving Money at the “Pump”

4 MIN. READ

EVs are much cheaper to “fuel up” than gasoline vehicles. This is only one of the many benefits fleet managers recognize when they shepherd their companies into this sector of the electrification movement.

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March 1, 2022

Electrification Service Trends to Expect in 2022

4 MIN. READ

The electrification market has been growing at a fast pace. There are many opportunities to explore for drivers, commercial fleet managers, service technicians and more. Read on to learn more about the future of electrification.

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February 22, 2022

5 Common Objections to Commercial Fleet Electrification

4 MIN. READ

Commercial fleets are finally in a position where a transition to zero-emission EVs isn’t only an environmental consideration, but also a possible financial boon.

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February 15, 2022

Exciting Prospects of EV Trucks for Commercial Fleets

5 MIN. READ

Automakers are now focusing production toward medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and their potential for electrification. This is especially exciting news for fleet managers who are already transitioning light-duty vehicle fleets to electric.

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February 11, 2022

Increase Driver Productivity During Commercial Fleet Electrification

3 MIN. READ

Fleet electrification is a crucial step towards eliminating carbon emissions. However, benefits don’t stop there. This investment is an opportunity to rethink your fleet management process.

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February 1, 2022

Fleet Electrification Can Help You Meet Commercial ESG Goals

5 MIN. READ

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals are increasingly becoming a factor in long-term corporate sustainability programs.

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November 18, 2021

Bidirectional At-Home EV Charging Drives Long-Term Value for Commercial Fleets

4 MIN. READ

For fleet managers, electrification requires careful consideration of costs and value. One thing to consider is the value you can create with the electric grid itself. With innovations like bidirectional charging, an EV charging infrastructure can unlock value in more ways than one. Here’s what you need to know about asset management and electrification.

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October 21, 2021

Why EV Fleets Adopt Overnight At Home Charging for Drivers

4 MIN. READ

A recent J.D. Power study showed that while the bulk of electric vehicle (EV) drivers will likely rely on home charging for the majority of their miles, they do not know it yet. Recent trends in electrification show a strong push for overnight at home charging.

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October 5, 2021

Fleet Managers - Which EV Charging Strategy Is Right for You?

5 MIN. READ

Electrifying your fleet requires a sound EV charging strategy. Cost, time and convenience are important considerations for building a fleet that is ready to hit the road every morning with a full charge. There are different options to explore, including public EV charging stations and investing in your own infrastructure.

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September 21, 2021

Why At-Home EV Charging Is a Gamechanger for Business Fleet Vehicles

6 MIN. READ

As the benefits of transitioning your company’s fleet vehicles to electric continue to grow, making sure that your employees don’t have to spend all day at a charging station is crucial. At-home EV charging enhances productivity throughout the day, and with the right strategy, you can guarantee that all employees start their day fully charged.

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September 14, 2021

How Qmerit Helps Home Based Fleet Managers Take Control of EV Charging Installations

3 MIN. READ

While the EV fleet transformation has been limited to larger vehicles, the electrification of light fleet vehicles is catching up as EV charger installations at home allow drivers to wake up to a full battery and hit the road without heading to a centralized facility first.

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September 7, 2021

Handling EV Driver Reimbursements With At-Home EV Fleets

5 MIN. READ

Over the past decades, we have gotten used to gas station cards, mileage allowances and similar solutions for driver reimbursement. But now how do we handle EV driver reimbursements?

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August 24, 2021

EV ROI Considerations for Distributed At-Home Fleets

6 MIN. READ

Affordable emission-free electric vehicles (EVs) are no longer a sci-fi prospect. Fleet managers across the nation are experimenting with different ways to introduce EVs into their businesses.

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July 28, 2021

Trends in EV Policies and Regulations That At-Home Fleet Managers Should Know About

5 MIN. READ

Take a look at this overview of federal and local EV policies that fleet managers should know about on their path to electrification.

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July 6, 2021

Ways to Overcome the Challenges of Fleet Electrification While Upgrading Your Distributed Fleet to EV

6 MIN. READ

Fleet electrification is gaining popularity as new energy efficiency initiatives are rolling out. But so far it hasn’t been an easy or streamlined process.

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November 8, 2022

Innovations in Electric Vehicle Charging for Multifamily Dwellings

5 MIN. READ

Plans for constructing a nationwide charging network are already underway; however, at-home charging will likely remain a more convenient option for many electric vehicle (EV) drivers. There is an opportunity for multifamily dwellings to stand out and prepare for the future of electrification by embracing the latest innovations in EV charging.

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October 25, 2022

5 Common Misconceptions About Multifamily EV Charging

4 MIN. READ

EV charging stations are an excellent amenity to attract and retain residents already driving EVs or looking to make the switch to an electric vehicle in the future. Property management and ownership might be discouraged by several commonly propagated EV charging myths and misconceptions, missing out on the benefits of adding this valuable amenity as a result.

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September 27, 2022

Are EV Charging Stations Profitable?

3 MIN. READ

An EV charging station is an amenity that can make your multifamily or commercial property significantly more appealing. Due to the upfront cost of the installation, it is important to consider the ROI of the project. Let’s take a closer look at costs and revenues.

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September 15, 2022

Are EV Charging Stations Universal?

3 MIN. READ

Upgrading a multifamily or commercial property with EV chargers will appeal to EV owners. You should recognize that there are different types of EV charging stations available before delving into a project of this nature and scale.

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September 8, 2022

Creating a Positive ROI for Multifamily EV Charging Stations

5 MIN. READ

Electric vehicle (EV) charging can be an attractive amenity for your residents and is an investment worth close investigation by multifamily property owners and management companies.

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August 2, 2022

How Can Multifamily Owners Offset the Cost of EV Charger Installation in Their Properties?

4 MIN. READ

EV ownership is surging along with the need for fast and convenient charging solutions. Since most EV drivers prefer to charge their cars at home and many live in multifamily buildings, it may be time to consider EV charger installation at the properties you own or manage.

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July 20, 2022

How to Assess Interest in EV Charging for Multifamily Buildings

4 MIN. READ

Electric vehicle (EV) sales are accelerating, and EV drivers strongly prefer electric car charging at home. These trends will impact your properties and residents, probably sooner rather than later.

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July 14, 2022

EV Charging: A Vital Amenity in the Multifamily Properties of Today and the Future

4 MIN. READ

With electric vehicle (EV) adoption on the rise, providing drivers with an EV charger solution that meets their needs in a multifamily space can seem challenging. For owners of multifamily properties, this creates an opportunity to stand out and reduce carbon emissions by exploring EV charging infrastructure options.

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July 12, 2022

Having On-Site EV Charging Solutions at Multifamily Buildings Makes Sense

4 MIN. READ

Enterprises have more incentives than just PR; becoming greener has shown an economic payout by reducing the amount of electricity they use. Building owners can rely on the LEED certification program to pave a path forward during this change.

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June 23, 2022

EV Charging: A Vital Requirement in the Multifamily Properties of Today and the Future

4 MIN. READ

With electric vehicle (EV) adoption on the rise, providing drivers with an EV charging solution that meets their needs in a multifamily space can seem challenging. For owners of multifamily properties, there is an opportunity to stand out and reduce carbon emissions by exploring EV charging infrastructure options.

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