Deciding on the right AC EV Charging solution for Apartments or Commercial Buildings takes the exact same three step approach.
It goes without saying - to install electrical infrastructure (cabling and conduits) across common property, requires approval. For budgeting purposes, estimate anywhere between $2500 and $5000 per EV Charger installed - dependent on each site and location.
For larger sites, it pays to have an Electrical Infrastructure Strategy. That considers available electrical capacity vs future tenant needs to install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. An initial one or two Stations can usually be installed quickly and easily. However is the strategy clear, if more Tenants also require installations?
For larger Commercial and Apartment sites, there are several areas that may need to be considered with regards to Building Compliance, when installing EV Charging Stations:
We are more than happy to guide you through these, if necessary.
Inevitably, your request will come down to the question of 'who is going to pay for the electricity consumed?'. Dependent on each site, we prefer to supply the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations from the Landlord/ Common supply. This way, the correct sub metering and protection can be incorporated. Users of the Charging Stations pay-as-they-go via the Smart Charge App, or via an API directly to the Retailer, which keeps and administration very simple.
For Users/Drivers to engage with the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, for you to be able to offer security management, and for the Charger to get timely communication and firmware updates from the backend software, a good 4G and/or Wi-Fi hotspot signal is required at the EV Charging Station location. Additional Routers and Antennas can be installed, to strengthen a weak signal reception.
The Power required for your EV Charger will depend on your vehicle requirements, and available capacity within your building. If there are multiple Chargers onsite, then a three phase supply is preferred. If there is enough electrical capacity, go for the 22kW unit.
Load Management may be required to allow the EV Charger/s to work together with the available electrical capacity onsite. Note that there are two types of Load Management: Static Limit - A set 'ceiling' value that an individual or group of Chargers are programmed to stay under; Dynamic Limit - Additional measurement devices are installed, to work together with the backend software to 'seamlessly fit' the EV Chargers into the real time available capacity of the site.
Your choice of Lead vs Socket, for an Apartment or Commercial premises, is all around the convenience and safety of a tethered lead for others. Will it get in the way, or cause a hazard?, Is the unit being installed inside or outside? Then, what length do you require to reach your EV Charging Port?
Smart Charge backend Electric Vehicle Charging Station management software and Charging Network, provide the ability for all Charging Station Operators (CSO) to monitor, provide security and defined payment options for all Users. Note: To allow for a backend software connection, the EV Charging Station must be OCPP compliant, and open to third party software.