The process of installing a public EV charging station is not difficult but it does require some planning and forethought. When planning an installation, you need to consider the following:
The type of charging equipment required (DC Fast Charging, Level 2 AC Charging, both, etc.) The power requirements of the station (kW) The distance from the street to the site’s main service entrance The number of parking spaces on the site A safety assessment for your site and equipment
This guide will provide you with the basic information necessary to install a DC fast charging or level 2 AC charging station.
The installation of an electric vehicle charging station is a straight forward process. However, it is very important to choose the right location and components of your station. These are some things you should think about prior to purchasing and installing a charging station:
Permit/Zoning Requirements Depending on your city or state, there may be zoning requirements for the installation of an EV Charger station. Make sure you check with your city or state for more information on what these might be before you purchase the equipment for your charger. Be sure to check with your insurance company as well to make sure that you will still be covered by their policy if there is any damage to your house or business because of the charger, especially if you have a swimming pool or other bodies of water on your property.3. Location Location location! You want to make sure that you have enough room in front and behind your vehicle for people to park, but also have enough room for the charging cord so that it does not get in anyone’s way while they are walking by or parking next to the station. You also want to make sure that the area where you are placing the charger is convenient for most of your customers.
Before installing an EV charger, you need to decide where to place it. Think about the locations where you spend most of your time while using your vehicle each day and choose one of those locations or another easily accessible location within your budget. Common areas used to install chargers include:
- Home garage
- Work parking lot
- Shopping center parking lot
- Your office building
- Public spaces such as libraries and grocery stores
If you are going to install this yourself, make sure that you have the right tools for the job. The most important tool for installing an EV Charger is a drill. Make sure that the drill is compatible with the screws and bolts that come with the charger. If you don’t have a drill yet, purchasing one is worth it as they are cheap and can be used for many other home improvement projects in your house too.