As more and more people look for environmentally-friendly alternatives to traditional means and methods of doing all sorts of things, electric vehicles have become an increasingly popular mode of transportation. With this surge in popularity comes the need for more commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that are available for public use.
Read on to learn more about electric vehicle charging stations.
Where electric vehicle charging stations would be useful
Basically, anywhere that experiences a high volume of vehicles would benefit from installing public EV charging stations. This includes business districts, shopping centers and public parking structures. Not only will drivers appreciate being able to recharge their battery while they’re away, but it might actually encourage them to take their time with their errands and activities in order to charge their vehicle longer. More time for these consumers to shop and dine could boost sales for stores and restaurants.
Workplaces and multifamily communities may also want to consider installing EV charging stations for their employees or residents to use. Offering this amenity may make a workplace or apartment building stand out as a more attractive option. After all, you wouldn’t want to limit your candidate pool or potential tenants due to failing to keep up with the times, and electric vehicles are clearly here to stay.
Types of commercial charging stations available
Commercial EV charging stations are classified according to their charging speeds and data communications. Level I is compatible with typical wall outlets but is also the slowest option, with each hour of charging time equivalent to 3 to 5 miles of travel, which is often too slow for overnight charging. Level II can offer 12 to 40 miles of travel per hour of charging, which is the standard for commercial EV charging. Level III, also known as DC fast charging, can deliver 35 to 100 miles of travel per hour of charging, which requires vastly more energy to charge and more money to install.
Cost of installing electric vehicle charging stations
Installation makes up the bulk of expenses related to EV charging stations. Factors that will impact overall cost include availability of electric service, site location, materials, labor and permits. New buildings may have been designed to later accommodate the installation of EV charging stations, but older buildings will likely also require renovation work.
While the potential project costs of installing EV charging stations might be daunting, there might be possible solutions that can help offset the cost of the infrastructure. Financial incentives such as rebates, grants and tax credits might be available. Adjacent businesses that would benefit from adding EV charging stations may also be able to share the cost.
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