It’s estimated that 35% of new car sales will be electric by 2030. While we anticipate the demand for EVs to increase, the prices are expected to drop as they become more available. Therefore, communities all over the U.S. (and the world) are starting to gear up in preparation for the electrification of the nation.
But what does installing charging infrastructure entail? Public EV chargers can be multifaceted and complex; they come with various payment structures, data collection, ownership models, parking and signage requirements, and are subject to regulations, safety and efficiency standards, equipment specifics, and other costs. Occasionally, formal requests for proposals (RFPs) are required as well.
Before purchasing, consider your community’s needs. Determine expected charging requirements based on travel patterns, EV ownership, time spent charging, and the anticipated customers. Once these factors are determined, a clearer picture will be given.
Also, bear in mind low-income or underserved populations without equitable EV charging access. Generally, these individuals are exposed to more environmental hazards, and EV chargers can encourage adoption and have a positive impact, thereby reducing negative effects.
It’s imperative to match EV charging solutions to the overall area. High-density urban communities, for example, would benefit from Level 2 on-street parking chargers or infrastructure set up within a parking garage. Rural areas may not be equipped with on-street parking, etc., so a fast-charging station may be a better option.
The main actionable steps in procuring and installing EV charger infrastructure:
Equipment: Determine what’s best to meet current demand with scalable growth. Equipment needs will vary based on application, location, charging level, and type. It can include networking capabilities, theft deterrence, output power rating, connectors, the number of charged vehicles, operation and maintenance, and more.
Installation: Factors include the number and type of charging systems, geographic and site locations, required trenching, wiring, required electrical upgrades, labor costs, and permits.
Networking: To install a networked charging station, the site must have access to the internet. The networked charging infrastructure can submit data, such as usage, and the site host can monitor the network, smartphone or credit card processing, and more.
Requirements: Other items to consider include compliance, permits, inspections, and specific certifications are often mandatory, along with signage markings, lighting, utility, and ownership specifications.
Going electric may seem like a daunting task; however, don’t fret! The team at State Electric Co. comprises highly qualified electricians, project managers, engineers, safety managers, and other professionals who are ready to walk you through each step.
If you are interested in learning more about purchasing or installing EV chargers in your community, call (866) 976-8890 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our energetic and friendly team is available to assist during regular business hours EST.
State Electric Company is a leader in the electrification of the nation. Our highly educated and experienced team of professionals uses industry-leading software technology and has partnered with manufacturers to deliver affordable solutions for all your electrical needs. State Electric Co. is also an exclusive distributor for Enel X JuiceBox EV chargers for residential and commercial use. We are fully licensed, insured, and bonded to install charging stations for homes, offices, hotels, and more. With our extensive knowledge of renewable energy, our team provides customers – large or small – with efficient electrical solutions. Contact us today to learn how we can safely and affordably meet your energy needs.
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