Electric vehicles have come a long way in a short amount of time. Now, more than two dozen vehicles have been made commercially available to consumers. That’s led some 800,000 Americans to switch to plug-in EVs rather than traditional, gasoline powered cars. It’s no real surprise, then, that more property owners and managers are installing electric car charging stations for residents to use. If you’ve considered the pros and cons of EV stations and have decided to go ahead and take the plunge, you may be wondering where to start. We’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide below.
- Do Your Research: Installing a recharging station is a big decision that requires a significant amount of investigation on your part. First, you’ll need to ascertain whether there’s enough of a demand to warrant this installation. You’ll then need to determine the number of chargers you need, whether you have the physical space and requirements for installation, what the economic impact might be, whether you’re eligible for tax incentives, whether you’ll need additional insurance coverage, how residents might pay for this service, and how area building codes and permitting regulations will affect you. All of these factors will help you assess whether installing an electric car charging station is even feasible. If you find that it is, you can move on to step two.
- Find a Company and Obtain a Proposal: There are likely at least a few EV charging companies to choose from for this project. You’ll need to find out more about these companies — namely, the services they offer and how their prices differ — before making a final decision. You can then have the contractor or company visit the site you intend to use for your electric car charging station to evaluate it and create a proposal. This proposal should include a general plan for the installation, necessary upgrades, and code concerns
- Apply For Permits and Inspection: Once you’ve approved a company’s proposal and have decided to go ahead with the installation, you’ll need to begin the process of applying for permits. Each municipality will have slightly different regulations, but your plan will need to comply with local, state, and even historical ordinances. You’ll need to obtain an electrical permit and will be required to fill out a number of forms, submit a site plan, and have electrical plans signed off by an engineer. You’ll probably need to have the site inspected before and after the installation, as well. To ensure you’ve filled out all your paperwork correctly and submit it within the proper time frame, you’ll want to consult your contractor (and possibly a permit expediter).
- Have Installation Performed: Installing an EV charging station in a single-family home is a bit less complex than installing one for use on a multi-family rental property. Still, if all goes according to plan, your tenants will soon be able to use this electric car charging station for their plug-in vehicles. By prioritizing your research and permitting, you’ll be able to speed up the time frame of this installation and take advantage of tax incentives or other discounts that might be available. You’ll even gain access to software training to ensure your charging station runs smoothly.
Here at SemaConnect, we make it easy to select your station, have your site approved, install your charger, and keep it maintained. To find out more about our services, please get in touch with us today.