Where to Start with EV Charging for Convenience Stores & Truck Stops

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Jumping into the EV charging game for your convenience store or truck stop? Here’s the lowdown:

The US government is pushing for half of all new car sales to be electric by 2030. To support this, the Department of Transportation is rolling out 500,000 EV chargers along highways by 2030. Good news for you – convenience stores and truck stops can cash in on federal funds for DC fast charging stations. Let’s dive into the deets on setting up EV chargers at your spot.

Pick Your Partner and Business Style

Choosing the right electrification partner is crucial. Whether you want to buy, subscribe to a Charging as a Service plan, or go all-in with a turnkey solution, Blink has flexible options. Anfu-Owned is a full package deal, while Host Owned gives you control. You can even pick your own electrician or use one from Anfu’s crew.

Choose Your Charger

For stores like yours, the choice is between Level 2 chargers or DC fast chargers (DCFCs). Your call depends on location, amenities, power availability, budget, and any funding guidelines.

In a designated Alternative Fuel Corridor (AFC)? Want a slice of the Department of Transportation’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program (NEVI) pie? You’ll need a minimum of four 150kW DCFCs. NEVI is dishing out $5 billion to help states build EV charging networks.

No AFC nearby? You’ve got more charger choices. Level 2 chargers, compatible with all EVs, could be your pick. They offer 40-65 miles of range per charging hour – great for stores near restaurants, hotels, or entertainment. If you’re aiming for quick pit stops, DC fast chargers are your go-to, getting more drivers charged in less time.

Ready to electrify your spot? Stay tuned for more insights to power up your EV charging game.

Assessing Your Site for EV Charging

Once you’ve decided on the charging station type, it’s crucial to evaluate your convenience store or truck stop. An EVSE site assessment is essential to determine if it’s feasible to install the desired number and type of chargers. This includes checking available space, existing electric power, and potential power needs. The assessment guides you in preparing the site for EV charger installation, addressing factors like concrete pouring or bollard installation. Smart features, such as local load management, and plans like make-ready infrastructure, can save you future headaches during EV charging expansion.

Securing the Funds

Now, let’s dive into funding opportunities for your EV charging venture. Various options cater to businesses like yours:

National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program

  • Funds available for all states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.
  • Covers EVSE acquisition, installation, network connection, operation, maintenance, and long-term data sharing.
  • Prefers businesses in Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs) to support a nationwide DCFC network every 50 miles.

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program

  • Complements NEVI program, offering grants to local and state governments.
  • Includes Community Charging and Fueling Grants and Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants.
  • Criteria involve being in a rural area, a low- or moderate-income neighborhood, and adherence to EV Charging Minimum Standards Rule.

Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit

  • Businesses may qualify for a federal tax credit, up to 30% of EV charging infrastructure installation costs, capped at $100,000.
  • Criteria include being in designated census tract areas.

State and Local Government Funding

  • State governments, municipal bodies, power companies, and air pollution control districts offer additional funding.
  • Utilize Anfu Charging’s Commercial Incentives tool to discover local funding opportunities.

Navigating these funding avenues ensures you’re well-equipped to embrace the EV charging wave while enjoying financial support tailored to your location and business type.

Get Your EV Charging System Up and Running

Once your site check is done, funds are secured, and the green signal is given, it’s time to roll up your sleeves. Order those EV chargers, prep your site, and get the installation ball rolling.

In a nutshell, setting up Level 2 chargers or DCFCs at your convenience store or truck stop doesn’t have to be a head-scratcher or a budget-buster. Team up with the right electrification partner, tap into available funding, and watch the process unfold seamlessly.

Ready to kickstart the electrification journey for your convenience store or truck stop? Reach out to Anfu Charging today, and let’s make it happen.

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