Empowering Your Airport with Electric Vehicle Charging

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The shift to electricity is reshaping transportation, and airports are boarding the eco-friendly journey. From cars to planes, the transportation sector contributed to 29% of total US greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 and 20% globally. The Rocky Mountain Institute insists on a 45% reduction in US transportation emissions by 2030 for a climate-aligned future.

Efforts to greenify transportation include sustainable fuels for planes, but electric ground vehicles are taking the lead. With over 4.2 million electric vehicles cruising in the US, airports have a golden chance to steer the transition. As bustling hubs managing millions of vehicles annually, airports are prime spots for electrification. Here’s your guide to plotting the course for an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging installation at your airport.

Choose Your EV Partner

Kicking off your airport’s electric evolution is a breeze. The key is to pick an EV charging guru who can guide administrators and facility managers through the process.

Site Checkup

Next, team up with your EV expert or electrical whiz for a site assessment. Pin down your needs and find the most cost-effective route forward.

Engineering wizards Kimberly-Horn suggest airports consider charging stations in strategic zones like:

  • Rental car lots
  • Employee parking zones
  • Cell phone waiting lots
  • Valet parking spots
  • Rideshare and taxi hubs
  • Shuttle bus territories
  • Airside for service fleets

They stress the importance of anticipating future needs. Install the chargers you need now, but be savvy by making parking spots “EV charger ready” for future expansions.

During the site assessment, your EV maestro will map out your charging needs, concoct a plan, and seek ways to slash costs. Think mounting chargers on existing pillars, placing them close to power sources, or employing smart features like demand response and load management to cut energy use.

Upgrading Your Electrical Setup

When you’re gearing up for an electric vehicle (EV) charging station, it’s crucial to assess if your site needs any electrical upgrades. Typically, each charging plug requires a dedicated circuit, although some smart features might let you share power. This could mean installing a new electrical panel, meter, or even a transformer. Especially with Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFCs), the surge in energy consumption might demand a new transformer.

Thanks to your chats with the electrician, your team will be in the loop about any necessary upgrades and how they might tweak the overall electrification cost.

In spots like airports, where you’ll probably need various charger types, consider a Battery Energy Storage (BES) system. These giants are essentially power banks that store and release electricity as needed. Airports can tap into off-peak rates or renewable sources like solar panels.

Securing the Funds

Getting an airport juiced up for EVs is no small feat and comes with a hefty price tag. But fear not, there are funding options to ease the financial load.

Federal programs for EV charging, like the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit, offer a tax break of 30% on the charger’s cost, up to $100,000, for eligible installations.

Airports have their own ticket to funding with the Airport Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) and Infrastructure Pilot Program. This lets airports in the US dip into Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds to buy EVs and tweak or build the necessary infrastructure.

And don’t forget the state-level incentives! Blink Charging’s Commercial Incentives tool is your go-to for exploring state-specific programs for EV charging stations.

Installation Made Easy

Once your EVSE plan is set and funds are secured, it’s time to roll out the EVSE installation. Alongside the charging stations, you might need some site tweaks—concrete bases, protective bollards, signage, or striping.

While digging into the current installation, it’s wise to future-proof your site for the inevitable surge in EV charging demand. Get your site “EV Ready” by setting up all the electrical infrastructure, neatly concluding in a junction box. Grab this year’s material and labor costs before they decide to play hard to get.

If you have a preferred installer, great! But if you’re still pondering, Blink Charging has your back. We team up with certified EVSE installers nationwide. Need a nudge in the right direction? Ask your Blink sales manager for a referral to one of our trusted partners.

Unlocking EV Charging Success with Anfu

In the realm of EV charging at airports, the options are vast. Enter Anfu, a trailblazer in EV charging tech, offering a one-stop solution tailored for airports. Picture this: a dynamic duo comprising the all-encompassing Anfu Network and the game-changing Fleet Management Portal.

With the Anfu Network, the power is in your hands—or rather, in the hands of your parking managers. They can wield the pricing wand based on the hour, season, or member group. Fancy offering free juice to your employees or discounted rates for loyal taxi partners? Done. And here’s the cherry on top: all these public charging stations seamlessly sync with the Blink Mobile App and popular EV charger locator services.

But wait, there’s more! Introducing the Anfu Fleet Management Portal, an exclusive perk for fleet managers rocking the Anfu Series X stations via the Blink Network. This portal isn’t your average sidekick; it’s the hero your charging routine deserves. Schedule charging sessions? Check. Get heads up on early or fashionably late plug-ins? Absolutely. And for the data aficionados, download a comprehensive report showcasing your organization’s EV station usage.

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