Uptake of electric vehicles is surging around the world, with five million passenger EVs sold globally by March 2019 and sales gathering increasing momentum. Both New Zealand and Australia have ambitious EV targets, and in 2018 both countries experienced their highest EV sales to date. If you haven’t already installed EV charging stations at your car park, this is a great time to future-proof your space and consider how to manage their use.
But where to start? Parkable has partnered with EV Power in China to provide connected EV chargers for parkers, and we’ve learnt a lot about the workings of EV chargers in the process. Here are our top tips for installing and managing them:
The ideal time to install EV chargers is during a car park renovation or construction. However, existing car parks can also install chargers.
For a new car park, Ecotricity recommends installing cabling for between 20% and 50% of your parking bays, then installing one or two chargers and increasing the number as demand grows. With the cabling already in place, increasing your number of chargers is easy, and you only increase your installation costs when demand requires it.
It’s best to consider a mix of slow (7 kW) and fast (22 kW) EV chargers, taking into account the electrical capabilities of your car park. A 22kW charger should be installed close to a transformer that can handle 50kW easily (the typical residential property can only handle 14kW).
Once EV chargers are in place, one of the problems that facilities managers confront is how to manage the use of those chargers. This includes management of payments, length of stay in charger bays, availability, and ensuring that only EVs are parking in that space - a problem also faced by EV drivers and Auckland Council. Parkable for Business provides a complete management service, including:
To find out more about managing EV chargers through connected technology, contact us here.
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