ChargeLab was built on the belief that every individual’s choices and actions can have a huge impact on the health and future of our world. Environmental protection is in our DNA: ChargeLab was built with the sole purpose of accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles. By scaling electric vehicle charging infrastructure, we are helping build a path towards a zero-emission transportation future.
We are committed to providing a quality service in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and minimizes our potential impact on the environment. We operate in compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and strive to use pollution prevention and environmental best practices in all that we do.
The burning of fossil fuels by internal combustion engines (ICEs) produces hazardous chemicals and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, contributing to air pollution and climate change. ChargeLab is based in Canada, so we considered the issue through this lens when developing our mission. Most of Canada’s electricity comes from hydro and nuclear—both low-emitting energy sources—so by driving an electric vehicle, Canadians can reduce their car’s emissions by as much as 90%. Though coal and natural gas remain prevalent in the United States, we believe a similarly profound impact is possible throughout North America and the world.
ChargeLab is committed to the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of our projects and their related contributions toward this goal. For all charging stations managed on ChargeLab’s platform, environmental impact is measured as the quantity of CO2 emissions mitigated by providing electricity as a substitute fuel to gasoline.
Our measurement of this metric is based on the following inputs:
- Our networked, smart-charging stations are able to collect information on the make and model of the vehicle behind each charge.
- Based on the vehicle model, we apply manufacturer information on the average range efficiency for that vehicle (i.e., kWh/100km).
- Based on the vehicle model, we identify the class equivalent (i.e., compact, SUV, mid-size, etc.) for an ICE vehicle.
- Using the average fuel economy of the ICE class equivalent, we apply manufacturer information on the fuel efficiency of that vehicle to derive the amount of gasoline that would have been required to drive the same distance that was provided by the electric charge to the EV vehicle.
- The amount of CO2 displaced is then calculated based on the amount of gasoline that would otherwise have been consumed.
- Because we are able to calculate GHG reduction capacity at a transaction level, our measurement can be aggregated by individual stations, by any grouping of stations, or even by time period.
network management platform and provides our customers with an accurate and timely understanding of how their charging station assets are contributing to GHG reduction efforts.