Electric Vehicle Charging for Employee Vehicles and Agency Fleets  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours


0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

Federal requirements encourage agencies to develop employee charging policies, acquire electric
vehicles (EVs), and annually report on charging infrastructure available for employees. This First Thursday Seminar will provide fleet and facility managers with an overview of how meeting electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) goals can decrease greenhouse gas emissions, save money, and lead by example. Expert presenters will describe technical and financial considerations involved in electric vehicle charging, as well as legislation and Executive Orders impacts on agency EV acquisition, installation of EVSE for employees and fleets, and associated reporting requirements.


Sarah Olexsak, Workplace Charging Challenge Coordinator, EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy  

As part of the Energy Department's EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, Sarah Olexsak serves as the Workplace Charging Challenge Coordinator. Sarah promoted fleet electrification and employee charging availability at Federal facilities in her role as Senior Sustainability Officer in the White House Council on Environmental Quality's Office of Federal Sustainability. She also served as Chairman of EERE's Assistant Management Board and managed the technical component of the $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program. Sarah received a M.S. in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from Muskingum University in New Concord, OH.

Margaret Smith, Technical Support, DOE Clean Cities, Energetics Incorporated  

Margaret Smith has provided programmatic and technical support for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities since 2010. She supports Clean Cities headquarters staff with various activities, such as organizing trainings and developing resources related to alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. She has created DOE reports about electric vehicle charging stations including, "Costs Associated with Non-Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment" and "Level 1 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at the Workplace". Ms. Smith has a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering and a concentration in cognitive science from the University of Virginia.

Cabell Hodge, Federal Fleet Project Lead, U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Cabell Hodge is the Federal Fleet Project Leader for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Market Transformation Center. He assists Federal agencies in the transition to alternative fuel vehicles by offering technical support, infrastructure analysis, compliance guidance, and training. Before joining NREL, Cabell was a Policy Advisor at the Colorado Energy Office, where he developed programs to deploy alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure as well as policies to remove barriers to adoption. Cabell graduated from the University of Colorado with a J.D. and a Graduate Energy Certificate, and he earned a B.A. in Economics from Syracuse University.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will learn to:

  • Understand new guidance on charging stations at the workplace;
  • Recognize how federal electrification requirements affect your fleet;
  • Develop cost-effective strategies that increase employee access to and use of charging stations;
  • Plan, construct, and optimize fleet-level charging in agency infrastructure and operations;
  • Apply best practices for management and safety during installation and use of charging stations; and
  • Access technical resources like DOE's Workplace Charging Challenge and the GSA Fleet Drive-thru tool.

NOTE: The executive order(s) cited in this course has/have been revoked and superseded by the latest executive order(s). For information on the latest federal energy and environmental policies, visit the Office of Federal Sustainability Council on Environmental Quality website.