ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGERS
Vehicle electrification and it's growing supporting infrastructure are on the rise. EV's bring with them a unique opportunity for businesses, non-profits, and cities / towns to become fueling stations; creating a new source of revenue and an opportunity to attract new customers. By installing EV chargers near businesses such as restaurants, shopping centers, and movie theaters, you are marketing yourself to the passerby that needs a charge. While these visitors wait on their vehicle to charge they may also decide to spend their time, and money, at your business.
EV chargers are also growing in popularity with schools, campuses, and places of work or business. Educational centers and employers are quickly adopting EV chargers as an incentive for their students, staff, and employees. If your organization has a sustainability plan, take it a step further and encourage your visitors to join you by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels by providing them a place to charge while they learn or work.
TYPES OF EV CHARGERS
Level 1 EV charging is the lowest level available and the slowest charging option. Level 1 charging only requires a standard receptacle rated for 120 Volts and 20 Amps. Designated circuits and receptacles for level 1 charging are most often found in homes. Due to the slow speed of charge, Level 1 charging is not ideal for business or commercial use.
Level 2 EV chargers are the most popular choice on the market and are compatible with most EV models. Found in both the residential and commercial markets, Level 2 EV chargers are 240 Volts and can utilize as much as 60 Amps. The higher power rating allows for a typical EV to charge 5 to 7 times faster when compared to a level 1 charger.
Level 3 chargers, also known as DC Fast Chargers, are the fastest charging stations available at this time. Level 3 chargers utilize a 480 Volt circuit that may require 100+ Amps. Many electric vehicles can achieve an 80% or greater charge in just 30 minutes. These chargers require a commercial utility service connection and are by far the most expensive to install.