Many people intrigued by electric vehicles will tell you the main reason they haven’t made the jump to a plug-in car is lack of public charging stations. But, with more affordable and longer range EVs coming on the market and $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to increase the installation of charging infrastructure, it looks like lack of charge stations should soon be the least of anyone’s concerns.
Drivers want to charge their cars in convenient places—at work, at home, at the store, or en route to their regular stops. So, for business owners out there, whether you own an apartment building, a mall, a convenience store, a hotel, or some other destination where consumers stop in for a while, charging stations should be on your mind.
In fact, by 2040 EVs are expected to account for 54 percent of new car sales, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It would behoove property owners to begin considering the type of charging stations to install at their locale, if they haven’t already.
The three types of charging stations.
There are three breeds of charging stations: level 1 charging, level 2 charging, and DC fast charging (sometimes referred to as level 3). Level 1 is the slowest form, providing between two and five miles per hour of charging. That seems very low and very slow, but some people choose to install these chargers at home if they drive less than 40 miles per day and plan to charge their car every night.
Level 2 chargers provide power at 220v or 240v and up to 30 amps, meaning drivers can get between 10 and 25 miles of range per hour of charging. DC fast chargers are, as you might imagine, the quickest of them all, delivering about 80 percent charge in a half hour. Tesla has its own version of fast chargers, called the Supercharger, and Nissan Leaf and other models get their quickest boost using CHAdeMO.
So, how do you decide?
Most businesses choose to install level 2 charging stations, and pricing to charge is usually set between $1 and $5, or sometimes even free—especially if the cost of access to the parking facility costs money. However, because of the allure of DC fast charging stations to electric vehicle owners (they deliver more than double the charge of level 2 chargers in half the time), often drivers are willing to pay more to plug into fast chargers.
Electrical systems at your facility or property could play a part in the decision, as well. Amperage is important when installing charging stations, so be sure that the area you plan on putting the station can handle 30 amps. Your standard electrician should be able to check this out for you.
Cost of installation differs, as well, but if you contact our team at EV Connect, we can provide a free assessment of your property and give a personalized quote for the area and type of installation. Making your decision for installing an EV charging station just got a whole lot easier.