Choosing the Right EV Charging Setup for Commercial Properties

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The shift towards an electric vehicle (EV) dominant landscape is well underway in the United States. With EVs set to dominate the roads in the coming decade, commercial real estate owners and managers need to be strategic in choosing the right EV charging setup for their properties. We’ve previously emphasized the benefits of installing EV chargers, and now, let’s delve into the key considerations for selecting the right vendors and charging equipment.

Picking the Right EV Charging Vendor

Selecting the right electric vehicle charging infrastructure vendor is a crucial step in this process. Here are some factors to keep in mind:

Experience and Reputation

Look for an EV charging company with a stellar reputation and a proven track record. Research which companies are trusted by others in the industry. Seek recommendations from colleagues or explore public maps like Google Maps or PlugShare to identify popular EV charging companies in your region. State government endorsements, such as Blink Charging’s selection by Colorado, Maryland, and Utah, can also indicate credibility.

Services Provided

Beyond trustworthiness, ensure the vendor offers a comprehensive set of EV charging solutions. A reliable installer should assist with:

  • Site assessment, covering current electrical load usage, required capacity increases, permit needs, and potential utility upgrades.
  • Procurement of available funding for the installation.
  • Designation of parking and make-ready spots for current and future installations.
  • Permit acquisition and management of the installation and commissioning process.
  • Coordination with the local utility.

Planning Your EV Charging Installation

Choosing the right electrification partner goes beyond trust; it’s about finding a full-service solution. A qualified vendor, like Blink Charging, offers a holistic approach:

Site Assessment

During a site walk, your sales manager and general manager will discuss your specific needs. The assessment will cover property details and requirements, guiding the planning process.

Electrician Expertise

Whether you opt for your property’s electrician or one recommended by Blink, a qualified electrician with EV charging experience is crucial. Blink ensures your chosen professional is well-versed in the intricacies of EV charging installations.

By considering experience, reputation, and the range of services offered, you can make informed decisions when choosing the right EV charging setup for your commercial property. Stay tuned for more insights on optimizing your property for the electric future!

Exploring EV Charging Options

When diving into the world of electric vehicle (EV) charging, there’s more to it than just installing a charging station. Let’s break it down and simplify the process for you.

Navigating the Charging Network

Your charging network is like the conductor of an orchestra, and you want one that plays your tune. Look for a network that gives you control over your chargers – pricing, access, the whole shebang. The Blink Charging Network, for instance, hands you the reins with an easy-to-use dashboard. From setting prices for specific times to creating user groups, it’s a breeze. Plus, your chargers show up on the Blink Charging Mobile App and popular platforms like Google Maps and PlugShare.

Picking the Right Chargers

Choosing the right charging station is a bit like picking the right shoes – it depends on where you’re going. Your EV charging vendor can guide you here. Consider your property’s needs, budget, power availability, and incentives.

Level 2 vs. DC Fast Charging

It’s a showdown between Level 2 chargers (like Blink Series 7 or 8) and Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFCs). Level 2 is the slow dance, ideal for spots where cars hang out for a while – think workplaces or mixed-use properties. DCFCs are the quickstep, juicing up a battery in under an hour. Perfect for speedy top-ups, especially near highways.

To Charge or Not to Charge

The age-old question – free or paid charging? Some businesses toss in free charging like a bonus, while others turn it into a moneymaker. Blink Network lets you dance on both sides, offering free sessions for your customers and charging others.

Public or Private Power Play

The parking lot is your stage. If you want the public in on the action, make it happen. Blink Network helps you roll out the red carpet for public users. Alternatively, if it’s an employee or fleet affair, set up shop for approved personnel only with a nifty access code.

In the EV charging game, it’s not just about the plugs and wires – it’s about orchestrating a seamless experience. Stay tuned for more insights into creating your EV charging symphony.

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