It is becoming increasingly important for businesses across all sectors to install commercial electric vehicle charging stations to meet the needs of employees, consumers and tenants. If you are considering installing electric car chargers at your commercial building, here are some things you should consider:

  • The end-user and knowing the number of vehicles projected to charge at your location to help you to determine the number and types of chargers to install
  • The ability to recruit employees with a complementary service to them
  • The opportunity to reduce fuel costs and raise additional revenue

Income Power management will be able to share data with you and help you with your decision.

Factors to Consider

  • Work with experienced and certified electricians: It is important to work with experienced electricians like those you will find at Income Power. They will help you plan and install the chargers and ensure compliance with building codes and safety standards. The office staff at Income Power can also assist in your rebate applications as well as apply for your electrical and mechanical permits that may be required. 
  • Identify the type of charger you want to install: There are different types of electrical car chargers available with different charging capabilities and differences in cost. You will need to determine what kind of charger best fits your commercial building.
  • Determine the location for the chargers: You will need to determine the best location for the chargers. The charging stations need to be easily identifiable and accessible to your customers or employees, ideally in a parking lot or garage.
  • Determine the electrical capacity of your building: Before installing chargers, you will need to ensure your building’s electrical system can handle the additional load. You may need to upgrade your electrical panel or wiring to accommodate the chargers. Surveyors may be needed to mark water and gas lines around buildings if outside. 
  • Obtain the necessary permits: You may need to obtain permits from your local government to install chargers. Make sure you check the requirements before you start. Even if you have installed chargers in other commercial buildings, every community has different requirements. Income Power administrative team can apply for the correct permits.
  • Determine cost: Installing chargers can be expensive, and you will need to determine the cost of installation, equipment, and ongoing maintenance. 
  • Consider the benefits: Offering car chargers at your commercial building can be a selling point for environmentally conscious customers or employees. This can be a great employee benefit to support your recruitment. It can also be a source of revenue, as you can charge a fee for using the chargers.