Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Like it or not, the world seems to be moving towards electric vehicles (EVs). Fossil fuels won’t last forever. Fossil fuels also often have to be imported from nations with massive reserves. All sorts of issues come up from this, from price gouging to oil tanker spills. Every nation can produce electricity, meaning electric vehicles are a good way of making countries more energy independent. Finally, fully electric vehicles don’t produce carbon dioxide during driving. A full switch to all electric vehicles will seriously decrease the world’s greenhouse gas output.
One of the biggest challenges facing drivers who wish to switch to electric vehicles is range capability. There simply aren’t many electric charging stations in the US right now. Doing things like intercity or interstate travel become impossible if you can’t charge along the way.
Many commercial property owners are now considering adding electric vehicle charging stations. It makes sense if you own an apartment, a garage, a parking lot, or a business. But what are the best ways to put in EV chargers? What should you keep in mind while you do so?
How many do you need?
The ideal amount of electric charging stations is 1 for every 4 electric vehicles. That means we have a serious shortage, and will for the foreseeable future. Even if the amount of EV chargers being built starts to seriously increase, a shortage will remain for years to come. Either way, assess how many EV chargers you need. How many people in your apartment complex have electric vehicles? How many cars at any given time in your parking garage are electric? If you run a gas station, how often do you get electric vehicles driving or stopping by? For business owners, how many people who work at that business have electric vehicles? The way to figure out how many chargers you need will be different for every property. Of course, expect the number of people using electric vehicles to go up as time goes on.
Where should they go?
It’s usually a good idea for EV chargers to be visible when someone pulls into your parking garage, driveway, business, or gas station. That way, they know immediately where to go with their vehicle and they know they can charge its battery. If the charging outlets are somewhere harder to find, then you can put up some signage to let passers by, patrons, and workers know you have them.
Can you support them?
Make sure to check your building codes to ensure absolutely that you can supply enough electricity for EV charging stations. Not every building has the same power capacity.
You may be able to get some benefits
Certain communities offer tax credits for install EV charge stations. There are also insurance credits in some places that can be taken advantage of. Utility companies may even pay for the station all together if you participate in an EV demand response program. Find out what benefits your community – and the federal government – offer.
Choose a contractor for installation
Just about any licensed electrical contractor should be able to install your EV charging station for you. Regardless of who you choose, make sure to do a few things with the contractor you hire.
- Do a site walk through.
- Discuss how many EV charging stations you want to install. This determines your electrical demand.
- Ask what the contractor knows about tax credits, insurance rebates, and other financial bonuses.
- What other work might you need to do? Renovating, remodeling, etc.
Talking with your contractor about the above things will possibly alter your existing plan. It’s important, so make sure to go over the details. Information you get from the contractor may change where you will put your charging stations. Will you need to install electrical junctions? Pave more area for cars to sit while being charged? Will you need to install additional electric infrastructure in order to put more charging stations in later?
Finalize your plan
Compare your initial plan with the newly-revised plan you made with your contractor. Figure out what solutions are best and what your business/property is capable of. While finalizing the plan, be sure to contact any other contractors you need as well. If you need remodeling, try a construction contractor. If you need underground wiring worked on, then you may need to remove and repave existing paving. In that case, you might want to keep us in mind for your paving contractor needs. Finally, figure out what the total cost should be,. Try to calculate electric vehicle use (presently and predicted) to get a sense of how long it will take you to start turning a profit.
Use the new plan to create a proposal.
Once the proposal is approved, it’s time to start construction. When all of the work is done, then the last thing you have to do is register your charging stations.
Register your EV charging stations
Once you register them on a network, they will show up on maps for EV drivers. You can also do things like assign certain stations as public stations or to specific cars. Additionally, during registration with whatever company provides the charging station, you will decide on payment rates/methods.
Ready to start building for the future?
Electric vehicles will be the mainstream in the next decades. You should be ready for it. If you are ready to get some work done on your property, from installing EV chargers to any kinds of repairs, then Reliable Paving can help. We do full-depth asphalt repairs, concrete paving and repairs, seal coating, restriping, and of course, asphalt paving. Get your EV charging stations built and in working order, and make sure you have the extra spaces for the vehicles that need them. Contact us today for a free quote, and to find out all about our services and rates.