Revving Up Your Airport for Electric Vehicles

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The transportation game is going electric, and airports are hopping on the trend to clean up their act. Cars, trucks, planes, and trains contributed to a hefty 29% of the US greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 and a solid 20% worldwide. The Rocky Mountain Institute says the US transportation sector must slash emissions by 45% by 2030 for a climate-friendly future.

To steer transportation in a greener direction, there’s a push for eco-friendly fuels in planes and a surge in electric ground vehicles. Right now, there are 4.2 million electric vehicles (EVs) cruising the US roads, and they’re predicted to grab 40-50% of new vehicle sales by 2030. Airports, bustling with millions of vehicles yearly, are primed to spearhead the shift to EVs. If your airport is ready to hit the electric road, here’s your roadmap.

Picking Your EV Sidekick

Electrifying your airport doesn’t need to be a head-scratcher. The first pit stop is snagging an EV charging whiz who can guide airport big shots and facility honchos through the process.

Plotting Your Course

Next on the journey is a site assessment with your EV pro or electrical guru. Scope out your needs and plan the most cost-efficient route.

Experts at Kimberly-Horn suggest slotting EV chargers in key spots:

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

They throw in a nugget of wisdom: think not just about today’s EV needs but also tomorrow’s. Be savvy – install the chargers you need now, but prep parking spots to be “EV charger ready” for future plug-ins.

During your site pitstop, your EV guru or electrician will size up your EV charging needs and help draft a plan. They’ll also hunt down savings like hitching chargers onto existing structures, placing them close to power sources, and using smart moves like demand response and load management to save juice. Now you’re on the fast track to an electrified airport!


Upgrading Electrical Infrastructure for Efficient EV Charging at Airports

When diving into the world of EV charging at airports, your initial site assessment isn’t just about the perfect spot for charging stations; it’s also about understanding if your location needs an electrical facelift. EV charging stations usually demand a dedicated circuit for each plug, though some magic with load management might let you share power. Brace yourself: this could mean installing a new electrical panel, meter, or even a transformer. Particularly, Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFCs) may gulp down more energy, potentially necessitating a new transformer.

Thanks to your powwows with your electrician, you’ll be in the know if upgrades are needed and the financial implications upfront. In the intricate realm of airports where various chargers are a must, consider the bonus of a Battery Energy Storage (BES) system. Think of it as a massive battery stash that can play power DJ, tapping into off-peak rates or harnessing solar energy – a solid plan for cost savings.

Securing Funds for Electrification

Electrifying an airport for EVs isn’t a pocket-change affair, but don’t break a sweat just yet. There’s funding out there to cushion the financial jolt. Federal programs like the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit can slice off 30% of the charger cost, capping at $100,000. Airports have their VIP pass – the Airport Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) and Infrastructure Pilot Program. This lets them dip into the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds for EV purchases and infrastructure tweaks.

States have their incentives too, and Anfu Charging’s Commercial Incentives tool is your ticket to navigating this funding maze.

Executing the Plan: Installation Matters

With your EV charging plan inked and funds in the pocket, it’s showtime! Installations go beyond just plonking charging stations. Think concrete bases, protective bollards, clear signage, and striping. While digging and prepping, be smart and future-proof your site. Toss in “EV Ready” infrastructure – all the electrical goodies ending in a junction box. Capitalize on today’s costs before they skyrocket.

Sure, you have your go-to installer, but Anfu Charging has a squad of certified EVSE installers across the map. Need a nudge in the right direction? Ask your Anfu sales manager for a referral.

Choosing the Right Chargers: A One-Two-Three Punch

Airports stand out in the charging game. Why settle for one when you can have all three levels of EV charging?

  1. Level 2 Chargers (Blink Series 8): Ideal for long-stay parking, they provide 50-80 amps and allow for credit card payments. Billing drivers for energy consumed is a breeze.
  2. DCFCs (Blink 60kW-360kW): Quick and mighty, perfect for places where vehicles linger briefly. Collect a premium fee for the speed boost.
  3. Combo for Fleets: Mix Level 2 chargers and DCFCs for the airport fleet. Schedule overnight charges with 80amp Series 7 for airport shuttles, buses, and other vehicles. Save the pricier DC fast chargers for a swift power-up during the day.

When it comes to EV charging at airports, it’s not just about volts and watts – it’s about a seamless experience for drivers and a future-ready infrastructure for the long haul. Stay charged, stay smart!

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