Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. They are better for the environment, more energy-efficient, and can save money in the long run. As more people switch to EVs, the demand for EV charging stations is also growing. If you are considering installing EV charging stations, there are several things to consider before making a decision.
1. Stakeholder Demand
Every decision about the number and placement of charging stations should be based on a fully researched use case. For example, fleet operators will need to consider such factors as how many EVs will be added each year based on replacement schedules. Higher education institutions will need to consider both their fleet needs and that of their students, staff, and visitors. And state and local agencies building out public infrastructure will need to factor consumer expectations into their planning.
2. Ability to Scale
The current-versus-projected uptake of EVs requires a delicate balancing act. Ramp up too fast, and assets could go unused. For that reason, decision-makers should select their charging station locations based on current needs and the ability to scale up. Designing for expansion will ensure that the real estate and underlying infrastructure are in place to meet demand.
3. Grid Infrastructure
Local grid availability is another consideration that will influence both short- and long-term planning. Are power sources available in logical and accessible locations? Can the infrastructure support an expansion strategy? Can infrastructure improvements be completed on the front end to avoid future disruption? Evaluating grid availability early in the design process will help mitigate the risk of investing in unworkable solutions.
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