Brian Thomson can see into the future. Blue eyes widened, he describes a highway system flooded with electric vehicles (EVs) surrounded by an atmosphere of clean air. The data backs his vision up. Even though EVs currently make up 3 percent of vehicle sales worldwide, a report by Bloomberg suggests that EVs will hit 10 percent vehicle sales by 2025, with that number eventually rising to 28% in 2030 and 58% in 2040. In Colorado alone, Governor Polis has issued a goal of putting 940,000 EVs on the road by 2030.
“Car companies are spending millions of dollars preparing for this change. You’re going to be seeing Jeeps, Porsches, Jaguars, BMWs, all going electric. And they’re not going to be $80,000— they’re going to be in the 20-30,000 range,” Brian says. “The tide is coming in. This is happening.”
Brian is the President and CEO of GreenCore EV Infrastructure Development. The company’s home base is in Parker, but they’ve built numerous electric vehicle charging stations nationwide. So, what even is an EV? EV’s are vehicles that have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. They run on battery power, so they need to be plugged into a power source or charger rather than using fossil fuel as gas. This means no car exhaust, which helps lessen air pollution. They require less maintenance because they’re built more simply, and they don’t require any oil changes!
Along with his business partner, Dwight Johnson, Brian helped create GreenCore’s infrastructure system, which reduces the overall project timeline by 50% and onsite construction time by over 70%. This allows one 4-man construction crew to build 4 charging sites in 2 months rather than the current average of 1 site every two months. The hope is that this efficiency will expedite GreenCore’s goal to prepare for the surge of EV growth to come.
“Charging stations need to be everywhere, like gas stations,” Brian says. “I like to use a coffee analogy. You can get coffee at home when you get up in the morning, or you can go to a coffee shop to refuel. That’s just like charging a car— you can do it at home, but it’s convenient to get a charge when you’re out and about as well.”
Charging stations are convenient, but they can also prove to be a necessity. Currently, the main reason people opt out of purchasing an electric vehicle is range anxiety. Simply put, range anxiety is the nervousness that emerges when a driver can’t find a place to refuel. GreenCore hopes that, with enough charging stations, range anxiety can be eliminated altogether.
Currently, Colorado has over 800 charging stations— the seventh-most in the nation. Colorado residents who purchase an electric vehicle can expect a state tax credit of $2,500 – or more for an electric truck – through the end of 2022.
Brian, who has lived in Parker for 35 years, is committed to serving residents and local businesses alike. EV charging stations are a draw for consumers since they can pop into a storefront while charging their car. A full charge only takes between 30-45 minutes, and drivers pay a fee per kilowatt just as they would per gallon of gas.
This brings local companies more business, along with the additional revenue they gain from implementing the stations. GreenCore stations are set to go up all around Parker, including downtown at Parker Station and the crossroads at Parker Road and Mainstreet. In addition, EV drivers can find charging stations from Pueblo to Fort Collins and beyond.
If you want to profit from your parking lots, GreenCore is continually on the lookout to lease parking spaces from businesses. The ideal candidate has 4-5 parking spaces and adjacent green space to install a 4-stall charging station. Contact Sam Thomson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.