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Anyone setup a "commercial" charger?


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#1 OFFLINE   WheNRG

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 01:45 PM

I've been talking to my CEO about putting in a charger in the office parking lot.  I think he is hoping that they could put some sort of badge access to it with potential daily limits.  Since we're also in a bit of a crappy part of town he is also worried about theft and vandalism.  Does anyone have any experience with what outfits may supply such a beast and what they could run?  I figure if I research it a bit it will be easier for him to approve. 

 

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#2 OFFLINE   fotomoto

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 01:57 PM

Sorry I have no advice but I think you doing some of the legwork can only help your cause with management.   GOOD LUCK!

 

I would like to take the opportunity to mention that having a smaller battery like our Energi's means one can easily charge to full at work with nothing more than a 120v receptacle during the typical work day/shift. <wink, wink>.  


Edited by fotomoto, 26 October 2017 - 01:57 PM.


#3 OFFLINE   dicko

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 03:56 PM

Not to rain on your parade, but I think it's a lot more complex than just installing a charger.

 

Here in Illinois, there're a whole lot of regulatory issues you must satisfy

ftp://www.ilga.gov/jcar/admincode/083/08300469sections.html

 

Other states are probably similar.

 

Even for non-commercial, i.e. home installations, they force you to use approved licensed installers and there must be pre and post notifications to the electric utility saying you're installing a charger.



#4 OFFLINE   stolenmoment

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 04:04 AM

ChargePoint's network "Connections" feature can limit access to certain cardholders, or just charge outsiders more to charge.  We use it so employees can charge for free, but others must pay.

 

Their business model is that the landlord buys the unit and pays for the install and upkeep, ChargePoint runs the network and takes a cut of the proceeds.  They seem to be the most driver-friendly outfit.

 

But Doug is right, the cheapest thing for the landlord is to make 20A 120v outlets available near parking places (light poles?), people can bring their own EVSEs.


Edited by stolenmoment, 27 October 2017 - 04:07 AM.

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#5 OFFLINE   komondor

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 04:34 AM

Check with your state too Colorado offers grants to pay for quite a bit of the cost of the charger.



#6 OFFLINE   RubyMax

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 05:49 AM

This looks promising.

 

http://www.evsolutions.com/turbodock



#7 OFFLINE   JonC

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 02:23 PM

Not to rain on your parade, but I think it's a lot more complex than just installing a charger.

 

Here in Illinois, there're a whole lot of regulatory issues you must satisfy

ftp://www.ilga.gov/jcar/admincode/083/08300469sections.html

 

Other states are probably similar.

 

Even for non-commercial, i.e. home installations, they force you to use approved licensed installers and there must be pre and post notifications to the electric utility saying you're installing a charger.

 

It's not like that everywhere.

 

Here, it's just a matter of having an electrician put it in for a business, the only permit would be a normal electrical work permit.

 

For a home installation, you can DIY it, no permit needed.  The utility here doesn't care in the slightest about anything on your side of the meter.










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