The number of charging stations on the market now are inadequate to meet the needs of existing EV motorists.
Retail properties stand to benefit greatly from the growing number of electric vehicles on the road, a new post from the National Association of Realtors, points out, noting the synergy between electric charging stations and retail sales are similar to convenience stores’ relationship to gas stations.
“EV charging stations amount not only to an added convenience amenity allowing consumers to refuel as they shop, but they have the potential to increase footfalls and to promote shoppers lingering in projects and stores for longer periods of time,” David Greensfelder, managing principal, Greensfelder Commercial Real Estate, tells GlobeSt.com. Read more
As electric vehicles (EV’s) continue to become more popular, the need for DC fast charging stations is rapidly increasing. Many car dealerships, fleet operators, commercial and industrial business owners, including hotels and retail malls are choosing to install DC fast chargers, also known as Level 3 chargers, on site. It is a prudent decision and there are many benefits involved. DC fast chargers provide greater convenience, an elevated level of customer service, added benefits to employees and guests, and a demonstrated commitment to reducing environmental impact. As an industry leader in electric vehicle charging solutions, one of the most common questions we are asked from our commercial clients is, “What is the cost of a DC fast charger and/or what is the cost to install a DC fast charger?”
Similar to any construction project, there are many factors that contribute to the overall cost of a DC fast charger purchase and/or installation. The initial things to consider are:
Charger Output Level – DC fast chargers can output from 20kW to above 350kW, depending on the model and application they are built for.
- Costs for these units can range from approximately $15,000 to over $150,000 for the highest output units.
- There are some chargers that can service two vehicles at the same time, but others may require additional dispensers, or units, in order to provide that convenience.
Existing Electrical Infrastructure – As a site owner, manager or operator, or the person tasked with getting a DC fast charger for your site, you will need to take into consideration your current electrical infrastructure. While DC fast chargers provide a faster charge, they also require a lot more energy. Most DC fast chargers need 480 V/3-Phase in order to function properly.
- There are a few DC fast chargers that can operate on single phase or 208V/3-Phase, but they are limited to 50kW output and below.
- If you are considering a high power DC fast charger installation, it may require over 500A of 480V/3-Phase.
- If the utility company needs to be involved to get additional power to the site, it can add to the cost due to the significant time involved.
Location – the closer to the electrical infrastructure you are, the more affordable your installation will be. The further away from the electrical panel, the greater the chance it will require cutting through concrete or walls, which will increase the overall costs.
Rebates and Incentives – There are many programs available to site hosts that can help offset the equipment costs, installation costs, or both. Please contact us for further information about programs you may qualify for.
It is important to note that DC fast chargers require an extra level of knowledge and expertise to select and install. You want to feel confident in your choice and we are here to help you with that process. EV Safe Charge specializes in DC fast chargers and can provide you with end-to-end solutions to meet all your needs.
Please contact us with any questions you may have. We offer the latest, most reliable DC fast chargers from the most trusted brands in the industry.
November 11, 2021
As an emerging player in the growing Electric Vehicle services market, EV Safe Charge is creating the much-needed infrastructure for the 18.7 million electric vehicles expected to be on the road by the end of the decade (the current market sits at close to 1.5 million vehicles nationwide). With such tremendous growth will come a surge in demand for commercial, residential, mobile, and fast charging stations. EV Safe Charge works with best-in-class equipment manufacturers for product selection, installation, network management software, charging station rentals, and consultations. As such, they are positioned as a key liaison in helping developers, businesses, governments, and other stakeholders provide robust, reliable vehicle charging solutions for their clients, customers, and the public. Read more
WARREN — A Los Angeles-based company using Columbus as a guinea pig to develop and manufacture its mobile electric vehicle charging stations is part of BRITE Energy Innovators’ portfolio, using the energy startup incubator to rapidly develop a prototype.
BRITE also will help plan for production “with enthusiastic support, connections in manufacturing and energy, a strong investor base and an ideal location in the heart of American manufacturing country,” Caradoc Ehrenhalt, EV Safe Charge’s founder and CEO, said. Read more
EV Safe Charge Joins BRITE Energy Innovators
Company Bringing Energy Innovations to Ohio with Launch of Pilot
WARREN, OHIO – April 15, 2021 BRITE Energy Innovators, Ohio’s incubator for energy tech startups, is proud to announce the addition of EV Safe Charge to its portfolio of companies. The Los Angeles, California-based company joins BRITE to leverage the incubator’s resources and relationships in Ohio for the development and manufacture of its novel mobile charging solution. EV Safe Charge chose Columbus earlier this year as the ideal place to develop its technology and complete its initial manufacturing, where it expects to create high-tech production jobs.
Caradoc Ehrenhalt, founder & CEO of EV Safe Charge reflected on the benefit of working with BRITE, saying, “BRITE is helping us to rapidly develop our prototype and plan for production with enthusiastic support, connections in manufacturing and energy, a strong investor base and an ideal location in the heart of American manufacturing country.” As the inventor of EV Safe Charge’s technology, Ehrenhalt sees a big value in the relationship: “Joining BRITE is so meaningful to our long-term ambitions. It will help us take the next step in scaling our technology and we are ecstatic to be working with them.”