Opting for the Right Charging Level for Your EVS

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With over 4.2 million electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.S. and an expected 48 million on the road by 2030, installing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) in your parking makes sense. The U.S. government sweetens the deal with tax incentives for new and used EVs, as well as credits for charging station installations.

But how do you choose the right charging level for your parking space? Here’s what parking managers need to know about commercial Level 2 and DC fast charging.

Factors to Weigh When Picking EVSE for Your Parking Area

Selecting chargers for your commercial parking involves considering factors like budget, driver habits, and your existing electrical setup.

Understanding EV Charging Stations

Firstly, let’s break down the different EV charger types. Electric vehicle charging comes in three power levels: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3/DC fast charging. While Level 1 suits residential needs, for commercial parking, your go-to options are Level 2 and DC fast charging.

Level 2 Chargers

These chargers, ideal for commercial spaces and multifamily units, are directly wired into your electrical system. They operate on 208/240V input, delivering up to 80amp and 19.2kW of power to your EV. Like Level 1 chargers, they convert AC to DC for battery storage. Charging times vary (four to eight hours) based on station power, onboard charger, current battery level, capacity, and desired charge level (often 80%).

DC Fast Chargers

These need more electricity and may require a new transformer. Operating at 480V, they offer 60 to 300+kW, charging your EV in under an hour. Installation is pricier than Level 2, and they’re not compatible with plug-in hybrid EVs.

Installation Costs

According to the International Council on Clean Transportation, a single-plug Level 2 charger averages around $6,000. Costs fluctuate based on charger model, existing infrastructure, labor, permits, and prep work.

For DCFCs, starting installation costs are $45,506 for a 50kW unit, excluding the station cost. Consider factors like charger quantity, type (Level 2, low-power DCFC, high-power DCFC), potential infrastructure upgrades, permits, concrete work, safety equipment, labor, and materials.

Smart businesses can save future costs by adding make-ready infrastructure now at current labor and material rates.

Funding Boosts for EV Charging

If you’re a property manager eyeing EV charging, cashing in on funding opportunities is a smart move. Take a peek at Uncle Sam’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit. It foots up to 30% of your EV charger installation bill, capping at $100,000. The catch? Your business must be in specific zones, like low-income neighborhoods.

Some funding, like the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program, caters to commercial spots in Alternative Fuels Corridors but sticks to DCFC, ignoring Level 2 chargers. On the flip side, the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) grant focuses on Level 2 in communities but plays favorites with state and local governments.

Doubting your eligibility? State programs and tax perks could be your ticket. Check out Blink Charging’s tool to unveil more state-specific funding options.

Setting Up for EVSE Success

Is your parking lot a newbie? If your spots are close to power and your wiring is fresh, you’re in luck. Your project won’t break the bank. But if you’re rewiring or digging trenches, buckle up for a pricier ride.

Each parking pad is a unique beast. So, before the EVSE frenzy, huddle up with your electrician and site manager. A pre-install site assessment is the playbook for budgeting.

Want to trim costs? Use local load management to spread power love between chargers. Your electrician’s the guru for budget-friendly moves.

Cracking the Charging Code

For spots where customers linger, Level 2 chargers steal the show. Perfect for workplaces or city centers, they keep drivers juiced up during long stints – shopping, appointments, or movie nights.

For swift pit stops like highways or truck stops, DCFCs shine. Quick charge, quick go. But don’t forget at least one L2 charger for PHEVs.

Vehicle Variety Matters

Different vehicles, different needs. Light-duty EVs sip power, but school buses or PHEVs gulp it down. Fleets and truck stops? DCFCs and L2 chargers are your pals. Public and employee hangouts? Level 2 chargers should do the trick.

Plug-In Pro Help

Choosing the right gear at the right price? Enter a trusted electrification vendor and electrician. The Blink team’s got your back, from site checks to funding hints. Ready for a charged-up lot? Ping your Blink sales team now.

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