Contact Eaton...they're in your neck of the woods...Are there any good websites that I can share with my employer and other commercial properties to investigate getting ev chargers for their parking lots? What are the key feature that an employer should look for on a charging station? Any tips on getting businesses to install them?
http://www.czx.cz/Chevrolet_Volt_Information_for_Condominiums_v0.3.pdfAre there any good websites that I can share with my employer and other commercial properties to investigate getting ev chargers for their parking lots? What are the key feature that an employer should look for on a charging station? Any tips on getting businesses to install them?
It's also $1500 MSRP. That's insane. If this is the option you pursue, far better to just ask for a 120v outlet and use your own EVSE. That's the cheapest possible option for the workplace.There's a new product called the PowerPost out there which is an L1 charger. Workplaces may not want to go 240V but may want to allow all-day parking with an L1 120V charger. It's a single post with 120V EVSE built in and retractable cord.
Looks like the model number is EV230PDR (or EV230PDRR if you want RFID). $4000 MSRP.Another one I like is the Schneider Electric double 240V L2 post which is basically a good way to deliver two non-networked L2 EVSEs on one physical post. Seems less expensive than ChargePoint and Blink network ones and those will only work if those companies survive since it requires their network to be online to allow the chargers to start.
Keep in mind that this is illegal in some states.If they must charge a fee - charge it per-kWh and not by time.
Why should your employer provide this?I would like to have L2 charging capability for free.
Agree that free is bad. I don't know the $8/day is enough to encourage people to move though. I pay $0.50/hr @ work, and I'm a little surprised that there aren't people connected to the chargers all day long. Maybe it's a good balance of being significantly more expensive than home power, but not so much that people completely avoid using them (like the $1/hr Blink units I see).I don't have what I think is a good solution but I do know the problem with "FREE" anything is that you can never supply enough of a free good or service. In a work situation this can lead to a whole lot of wasted productivity as people squabble over charging. At this point the best solution would be to charge $1/hour to charge. This rate is higher that what someone would pay for home charging, hence you eliminate the freeloaders, but less than you'd pay for gas, which means there isn't a penalty for using them.
No, current Volt's do not. There are now multiple standards for DC charging. Best that you don't get into this right now Plus the options are NOT cheap.Does the Volt work with these DC Quick chargers that I keep reading about.
Well, 110V charging is less useful for BEVs that might need a full charge for each leg of a commute. I think there are tax benefits for the L2s also. My company started with 1, then 2 L2s that several of us shared, now we have 12 dedicated spotsI think your best bet would be to ask them to put in regular 110V outlets. They are cheap and easy to maintain and require very little investment. If electrics take off, it wouldn't be that expensive to add multiple outlets as required. You're at work 8 or 9 hours, why spend the money for a L2 when they can probably install 5 or more 110V outlets for the same cost or less?
You can also consider a monthly access subscription model, say $20/month. That will help defray the costs of installation while keeping out the riff-raff. It also fends of the "nobody buys me free gas" morons.I'm going to be approaching my work about the same thing, though my suggestion will be to charge the employees for access. They already subsidize many benefits (everything from cafeteria to car detailing and dry cleaning), and I know of at least one other PHEV.
My tentative recommendation is to put in two L2 chargers (charging $1 an hour) and four 120V 20A GFCI w/ lock boxes, but I want to do more research on the benefits for the company. Also, they might be leasing the facilities, so I'm not sure if they are even authorized to make those types of changes to the grounds.
That's what I'm thinking. I'm not, personally, looking for a free ride (though I'm sure many would be); I would just like to be able to do 70% or more of my commute on electricity. The subscription model might be difficult, and logistically, the biggest difficulty might be the already overcrowded parking lot. As it is, we do not have enough spaces to accommodate all of the employees.You can also consider a monthly access subscription model, say $20/month. That will help defray the costs of installation while keeping out the riff-raff. It also fends of the "nobody buys me free gas" morons.