Electric vehicle (EV) charging points are becoming more common across the UK. This is great news for drivers who want to reduce their carbon footprint, but it can be confusing if you are unsure what work is involved in installing one at your work place or home.
If you have an existing electrical installation, then it may be possible to install an EV charging point yourself but if not then we can help. We can provide a free quote for the electrical work required to install an EV charger point and complete the groundwork required for installation in your home / business. We can also install pre-wired units that you can simply connect when ready for use. These units can be used where there is only one socket in use or where there is no room for another socket in another location such as a garage or out building.
As EV charging stations become more prevalent, there is increasing demand for workplaces to install them. There are a few obstacles that stand in the way of this transition though. The biggest is the cost associated with an installation of EV charging stations. However, the benefits outweigh the costs by far and employers have been more willing to invest in EV charging station installation as the number of electric cars on the road continues to grow.
The first step to installing EV charging stations at your workplace is to find out which models are compatible with your existing infrastructure (i.e., electricity source). There are many different types of EV charging stations, and they work differently depending on the specific model.
EV charging station installations require professionals to be hired to ensure that all safety precautions are followed and that all regulations are met to ensure everyone's safety while operating and using these devices. It is important that your workplace put its best foot forward when it comes to setting up EV charging stations at their workplace because it could affect the productivity of your workforce by making their commutes more convenient and happier employees make for better companies.
Installing EV charging stations at workplace is a great idea for companies that want to be environmentally friendly, although there are some obstacles to doing it. The first thing to keep in mind is that the charger you choose can have an impact on your electrical bill, so it is important to get the right one. The second thing is to make sure you have enough space for them, and to make sure they are in areas where they will be most useful.
When choosing chargers, investigate the efficiency rating of each one. According to EnergyStar.gov, electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) should have a minimum efficiency of 80%, which means that it will have less of an effect on your monthly power bill. EVSE also has wattage ratings, which can go up to thirty-two amps. If you do not know what kind of usage, you will need from your EVSE, these ratings can help you figure it out. If you are not sure how much space you will need for your chargers, remember that these things are getting bigger all the time. A good rule of thumb is about four-square feet per charger - you can get away with less if you install them in a sheltered area like under a porch or overhang.
Electrically-powered vehicles is still new enough that many people are unfamiliar with it - including those in the fields of law and policy. There are still many questions surrounding electric vehicles (EVs) and the infrastructure they need to operate successfully.
Issues surrounding installation of charging stations involve many different factors, including parking regulations, and building codes. The first step in installing a charging station is locating a site that is both safe and accessible in terms of utilities and proximity to the site where you will be parking your vehicle. Take into consideration how much space you will need for pedestrians and the public at large, as well as for your car and those of other drivers.
The most important thing about installing an EV charging station is maintaining compliance with local codes - most municipalities have some form of code or ordinance dealing with infrastructure like this. Depending on how it is done, installation could be considered either a utility project or an alteration to real property, so contact your local council to find out which category applies to you.
Electrical vehicle charging stations are a new addition to the landscape of transportation. Many communities have embraced the concept and are installing them in parking lots, loading docks, and other convenient locations to encourage consumers to make the shift to electric vehicles. If you are considering installing an EV station at your business location, you will want to make sure you follow applicable building codes.
There are two main issues related to electrical wiring that you will need to consider: grounding and voltage. Under code requirements, you will need an accessible ground connection within six feet of all new receptacles installed after 1970. If you are planning to install an EV station that includes multiple outlets, you will need to connect them all to a grounded circuit breaker panel with a dedicated circuit breaker - these circuits may not be able to serve other purposes besides powering the charging stations. In addition, if you are going to provide power for more than one vehicle at a time, you will also need to install GFCI protection for the entire circuit.
If your installation is going to be providing direct power for mobile equipment - such as forklifts - you will need to use equipment designed specifically for that purpose. And keep in mind that there may be special requirements based on where your installation is located.
Who should have access? There are two main types of users for an EV charging station: employees and visitors. While employees may have access 24/7 due to their schedules, visitors may only need to charge during business hours or on nights and weekends when the office is closed.
Electrically-powered vehicles, especially the ultra-popular Tesla, have made a huge impact on the way people drive around the world. While there are still plenty of drivers who are not sold on the idea of EVs, there is no doubt that the popularity and usage of electric vehicles is growing and there is an equally undeniable need for public EV charging stations. But what materials do these structures use in their construction?
The good news is some of the materials used in EV charging station design are not far off from those used in regular buildings. Using metal and concrete, they are created to be sturdily built and durable. However, there are some special features to consider when it comes to building them.
While most chargers are placed at homes or parking lots where parking spaces are normally empty, their construction still must be able to accommodate large amounts of traffic. To facilitate this, they tend to have higher load capacity than regular buildings. They also have special electrical systems that allow them to function independently from the main electrical grid.
Charging stations come in three main varieties: AC Level 1, AC Level 2, and DC fast charging. Each type of station uses a different combination of equipment.
DC fast charging is newer and a more efficient style, but it is also the rarest, only Tesla makes cars with DC fast-charging capability out of the box, so there are currently only a few dozen places where a DC station has been installed.
Charging stations use electricity to power electric vehicles by one of two methods: AC induction or direct current (DC) supercharging.
AC level 1 stations are what you find at most public charging stations today. They are plug-in chargers that operate from standard 120V outlets and can charge an EV up to twenty miles per hour. Level 1 is typically used to charge up overnight at home or during off-peak hours at work or public parking spaces.
Level 2 stations use 208V to 240V electrical service to charge vehicles faster than AC levels 1 and 3, but slower than DC Superchargers (more on those later).
Your electric vehicle (EV) may cost a lot less to run than your gas-powered ride, but that does not mean you want to be stranded on the side of the road. Charging an EV is still a new thing, and there are some things you should know before setting it up in your work station. The first question is how much does it cost to set up an EV charging station? You might think that getting the charging station itself would be the largest expense, and it can be, depending on what kind of charger you want to install. Your best bet is to go with a Level 2 charger (220 volts), which will take about twice as long as using a standard 120-volt outlet but will charge your car more quickly than the typical 110-volt outlet.
The cost of installing a charging station in an office parking lot is minimal. These include adding a standard 240-volt outlet and circuit breaker for the cars onboard charger and updating your buildings electrical system to manage the additional power load. However, these costs can vary depending upon the layout of your building and whether you need to tap into existing wiring or rewire your parking lot.
The factors used to calculate the cost of installing an EV charging station include:
(1) Cost of electricity
(2) Site preparation costs (e.g., installation of conduit and electrical boxes)
(3) Cost of equipment (e.g., ground fault circuit interrupters [GFCIs], a service panel, fuses, wire, and circuit breakers)
(4) Labour costs (a licensed electrician must do the installation work)
It is easier to learn about electric vehicle charging if you have someone showing you the ropes. The technology involved is complex, so it is hard to figure out on your own.
You need to rely on industry professionals who can help you with setting up EV charging stations at your workplace. You can also take necessary guidance from:
EV charging hardware providers
EV charging software providers
Certified people installing the equipment.
However, it can be difficult to work with a wide array of professionals, as capable as they each may be. If responsibilities and accountabilities become blurry, delays can occur. We are one stop shop for all your EV charging points. From ground work to setting up the equipment and maintenance we will take care of everything.
Electric vehicles play an essential role in combating climate change, but there are still many hurdles to overcome. We want to do our part by offering you and your customers a place to charge your electric cars. We can offer you a complete solution for the installation and maintenance of your electric vehicle charging station. Our managed smart charging stations come delivered directly to you, ready-to-install. We will take care of the charging station procurement, configurations, logistics, warranty, and diagnostics. All that is left for you to do is contact us.
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