Have you considered installing an electrical vehicle charging station on property you own or manage? If you’re an enterprising landlord or business owner, chances are you will before long. And there are plenty of reasons why you should.
As most everyone knows, electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more commonplace. In 2021, a record 6.3 million EVs were sold globally. One estimate predicts that California alone will have 4 million EVs by 2030. Local, state, and federal government agencies across the country are already stocking their fleets with EVs. And the federal government is aiming for 50 percent of all new cars sold to be electric by 2030.
That’s a lot of electric vehicles! And all those EVs will need to be charged regularly. It isn’t always convenient for the owners to charge them at home, so public charging stations are also becoming commonplace.
But Why Should You Have an EV Charging Station?
This is where it gets good.
For many businesses, it makes sense to have EV charging stations on their premises. It shows that they care about their clients, customers, staff and visitors—and want to provide the highest possible level of service. And for some, it’s also a practical necessity. Car dealerships that sell EVs need to have their stock charged and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Government agencies that use EVs need to provide a way to accommodate all those vehicles. Upscale apartment and condo complexes can convey an attractive, up-to-date image for their residents by providing charging stations. Those are just a few examples. There are many more.
But there’s another reason for businesses of all types to have charging stations available …
Charging an electric vehicle takes time—ranging from a few minutes to hours. That’s time that customers and potential customers could be spending in your business. What might that mean for you in increased volume and revenue?
Gas stations already take advantage of this phenomenon. There’s a reason most of them also feature convenience markets, selling everything from beef jerky to phone accessories. They know that gasoline customers, who’ve already interrupted their day to fill up, will probably want a snack or something else while they’re using the restrooms or waiting for the tank to top off. That down time for the customers translates into clean profit for the station owners.
But Aren’t EV Charging Stations Expensive?
They do require a significant investment. But here’s a secret: you can have a charging station on your property with little or no capital expenditure.
By working with a company that handles the whole thing for you.
If you have the available space, HiOn EV can install a complete EV charging station on your premises with no strings attached. HiOn handles the installation, the commissioning, the maintenance, and the day-to-day running of the stations.
You get the prestige of being an up-to-date, socially responsible business—and the increased customer traffic.
It’s a classic win-win.
What About All the Red Tape?
You’ve probably heard that there are generous government incentives for establishments that install EV charging systems.
But you’ll find that there’s a maze of requirements, stipulations, and hoops you’ll need to jump through. And some companies have felt the consequences of their inexperience too late. They rushed to install their own EV charging stations and looked forward eagerly to receiving their government rebates. But then they found that they had failed to comply with some requirement. And their hopes were deflated.
Dealing with bureaucracies is not for the faint of heart. Better to hand the whole thing over to a company with experience and a good track record.
Once your EV charging station is installed, it must be commissioned and tested to verify that all safety measures are working properly and that it complies with national regulations—another step you might prefer to assign to an experienced company.
Where Would I Even Find a Competent Contractor?
EV charging stations are still a relatively new product. There aren’t that many companies that know how to install them.
Do EV charging station installers require a special contractor’s license?
The fact is, licensing and permitting requirements vary from state to state and locality to locality.
You could spend your time investigating the various programs and requirements that apply in your state, region and locality. (And yes, they do differ a lot depending on where you are.) And then you could spend more time requesting the permits, filing the paperwork, locating licensed contractors, supervising the installation, and—oh yes, actually operating and maintaining your new equipment.
And of course, you’ll have to wait to receive any rebate money that’s due you.
Or, you could have an experienced, licensed company carry the entire burden for you.
The experts at HiOn EV have deep experience in the various facets of electric vehicles and their charging equipment. We know the most reputable contractors in the areas we serve and work with those we’ve come to trust—so you can trust them too.
Having HiOn EV install your EV charging station makes sense. The question that remains is: do you have the space?
And then, are you ready to upgrade your business profile and customer service—all at little or no cost?