How to choose a commercial EV charging station
1. Who will be its end users?
Here, you get a vision of what unit you need both regarding the AC/DC type and its power output. To be more specific, you need to have a clear idea about two things:
For your employees
First, if you purchase an EV charger for your personnel, you will unlikely need any rapid DC facilities. In other words, even an AC unit of 7 kWh may be enough to top up their batteries during their working hours. However, if the electric fleet is a large-battery one, you’d better turn your head to more powerful EV charging points.
For your customers
Second, if you purchase an EV charger to attract more customers, you still don’t need a DC unit. However, a 7-kWh station may be too weak to satisfy the needs of your customers. For example, if you own a café near a highway, the average time the customer spends at your place may be only half an hour. Thus, a 7-kWh appliance can’t prepare their EVs for further trips. Yes, sometimes you can request a charge point service and upgrade your existing device. But this can be done not with any unit.
For the EV charging business
Third, if you open an EV charging business, you need to have a clear idea of what your targeted audience is. For example, if you target the owners of middle-powered cars, you may consider 11 or 22-kWh AC units. In contrast, if you also target the owners of more powerful vehicles such as Tesla or Porshe Taycan, you may need a DC station.
2. How many electric vehicles do you plan to charge simultaneously?
However, this question goes even further and touches your company policy. For example, you can install one 2-cable unit of 11-kWh and schedule your employee charging session. Or, if you plan to use the station as a free EV charging facility for your customers, you may deem it appropriate to cover only 30-50% of their EV charging needs.
3. What is your budget?
Definitely, a budget not only matters but may affect the answer you give to the previous question. Moreover, knowing the budget, you can answer the following questions:
Instead of conclusion
Now, it comes to other things to consider. In other words, it is about some must-have features of a commercial EV charger. We recommend you to choose stations with:
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