Commercial Charging Station Cost: Budgeting for Business EV Solutions

A business parking lot featuring a mix of Level 2 and DC Fast EV charging stations with various electric vehicles charging, reflecting a commitment to sustainability.

As businesses shift towards greener practices, installing commercial charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) is becoming a priority. It’s not just an eco-friendly move—it’s smart business. But, how much does it cost? Let’s break it down in simple terms.

Why Invest in Commercial Charging Stations?

  • Attract Customers: EV owners are always looking for charging spots. Be the go-to place.
  • Employee Benefits: Offer charging as a perk. Happy employees, better work.
  • Go Green: Show you care about the planet. It’s good for the image.

Types of Commercial Chargers

  • Level 2 Chargers: These are the most common. Perfect for parking lots where cars stay for a bit.
  • DC Fast Chargers: Super quick. Ideal for spots near highways or for quick top-ups.

Cost Factors

  • The Charger Itself: Level 2 chargers can cost a few thousand dollars, while DC fast chargers can be tens of thousands.
  • Installation: Depends on how complex it is. Think about electrical upgrades, digging, and permits.
  • Maintenance: Keep them running smoothly with a regular check-up plan.

How to Budget

  1. Assess Needs: How many chargers do you need? What type fits your business best?
  2. Get Quotes: Talk to suppliers and installers. Compare prices.
  3. Plan for Extras: Don’t forget about ongoing costs like electricity and maintenance.
  4. Look for Incentives: Some places offer rebates or incentives for going green. Check them out.

Conclusion Setting up commercial charging stations is a big step towards a sustainable business model. It’s an investment, sure, but it pays back in customer loyalty, employee satisfaction, and brand image. Start planning, and soon, you’ll be powering up EVs and your business at the same time.

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  • Rapid

    DC charging

    Every vehicle is plugged in.

    Now any specific car can be charged in minutes rather than hours on slow AC charging. A game-changer for drivers and operations teams. 

  • Every space

    EV ready

    DockChain makes it possible, and affordable, to make every space in a car park ready for EV charging. Give certainty to drivers that there will be a charging bay available and remove the operational cost and hassle moving cars on and off chargers. 

  • Customer experience

    Tethered cables make it convenient for users. CCS cables to match the industry standard for high powered DC charging. Charging session authorisation can be configured to operator requirements (app enabled, RFID, open use, etc.)

  • Ease of

    Installation

    DockChain reduces ground works required for installation. Chain cables run in a shallow trench, wall mount, or lay in a cable tray to reach every parking space. The power supply cabinet connects and can be positioned in a convenient location at your site.

  • Scale & upgrade

    DockChain is flexible allowing you to increase the number of charging Docks as demand increases. E.g. Enable 10 spaces, then easily double this in the future. DockChain can be upgraded too, allowing larger capacity additions in the future without upheaval to any existing installation.

  • Battery

    cost savings

    With DockChain's rapid DC charging, a fleet operator could shift from purchasing larger capacity battery vehicles to more affordable smaller capacity ones as rapid turnaround makes it operationally possible to top-up frequently without impacting operations. Ideal for distribution/ delivery firms.

  • Charge when power is

    cheaper & greener

    Charging several EVs makes you a high electricity user subject to fluctuating grid prices. Slow AC charging requires constantly charging to complete in the  available time. DockChain's DC power enables more flexible timing of charging so you can put more kilowatts in your EVs at lower prices.

  • System integration

    DockChain can be stand-alone or fully integrated to your existing IT infrastructure. Charging can be matched to fleet or booking requirements (E.g. Car Rental / Distribution), integrated to customer systems and payments (e.g. hotel bookings or office parks). Analytics and power management are all configurable. 

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