Going against a tide is never easy, but if you don’t start, you will be left behind. Ever thought of an EV charging station at your shop? There are a bunch of things to consider. Listen firsthand from shop owners that have an EV charging station at their locations. Find out why they did it, especially knowing it wouldn’t be a revenue builder today. Gain insight and knowledge to keep you current on EV charging station considerations.
Jeff Walter, Zimmerman Auto & Tire, Mechanicsburg, PA
Melody and Phil Heller, Better Day Repairs, Boiling Springs, PA
Key Talking Points
Level 1- home charging, Level 2- 5.5 KW to 19.2 KW
Standards- right now there aren’t many, utility companies are trying to monopolize with government funds available
DC fast charging - 50KW-400KW, which many models cannot utilize, up to 10X the cost, can only charge up to 80%
Your utility may skyrocket without the proper software and devices
Stepping stone: plug-in hybrids
Subsidies- each state has its own, tax credit
Different types of services for EV/hybrid- always be researching maintenance needs
What's your motivation? Why are you putting EV charging stations in your business? Is it private vs public? Wall-mounted or pedestal? Hours to operate? Separate meter? Offer discounts for your own customers?
Destination charging- low amp system (few hours), fast charging would be gas station (less than 30 minutes)