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How Much Does a Commercial EV Charging Station Cost?

The cost of installing a commercial EV charging station can vary widely, depending primarily on the type, capacity, and specific features required. On average, the price for the charging hardware itself can range from $300 to $6,000 per unit. However, the total investment needed includes more than just the hardware. Installation costs, including electrical upgrades, labor, and permits, can significantly increase the overall expense. For a basic Level 2 charging station, businesses spend between $4,000 and $7,000 per unit when allowing for these additional costs.

Businesses that want to install Level 3 or DC fast chargers, which are faster and more powerful, may face a meaningful increase in costs. The hardware for these chargers can cost between $10,000 and $40,000 per unit, with total installation costs reaching $50,000 or more. These figures highlight the importance of thorough planning and budgeting for businesses considering the addition of EV charging infrastructure.

Moreover, ongoing operational costs such as electricity, maintenance, and network fees should also be considered. These expenses vary based on the charger’s usage, location, and your service provider. To mitigate some of these costs, businesses can take advantage of federal, state, local, and utility incentives aimed at promoting the adoption of electric vehicles and the build-out of charging infrastructure.

 

How much does a commercial EV charging station cost

Understanding the cost of a commercial EV charging station is essential for commercial properties. The total expense includes several key components, such as the hardware price, installation costs, and ongoing maintenance fees. These factors can vary widely depending on the types of chargers and the specific needs of a property.

Note: Before investing in EV charging, ensure you are advised on the critical requirements to qualify for rebates and incentives. (These include communications, power, availability, location, safety requirements, etc.) Your EnergyOne rep can detail the requirements of each program.

Hardware:  Commercial EV charging station costs can be broken down into several categories. Hardware, infrastructure, signage and safety, and maintenance.   The initial investment of the charging stations is one consideration. Level 2 chargers, which operate at 240 volts, are commonly used in commercial settings and are more affordable than DC chargers, which offer faster charging but at a higher price point.  NB: We do not address level 1 chargers, as they are slow, impractical, and not covered by any rebates or incentives.

Infrastructure:  The cost of your commercial EV charger installation is influenced by the need for dedicated electrical infrastructure, including electrical panels, transformers, and potentially upgrading the existing electrical service. Installation expenses can also include installing protective bollards to safeguard the chargers and laying electrical conduit and wire to connect the charging stations to the power source. These infrastructure expenses and labor and material costs contribute to the overall investment.

Maintenance

Another consideration is the ongoing maintenance of the charging stations. Regular upkeep is necessary to ensure the stations remain in good working condition and are available for use. This includes the cost of any necessary repairs, software updates, and routine inspections. While ongoing maintenance costs can add to the overall investment, they are essential for providing reliable service to electric vehicle users.

 

Signage and Space Marking

The presence of charger logos and the creation of designated charging parking ports can enhance the visibility and accessibility of the charging stations, potentially attracting more electric vehicle owners to the property. While these elements represent additional costs, they are essential to creating a user-friendly charging environment for employees and customers.

Protecting your Equipment

Lastly, you may have costs associated with adding safety bollards, tire blocks, or other equipment to protect your equipment. 

Other factors when considering cost

Reduce the Cost

Utility rebates, incentives, and rebates can significantly reduce the upfront costs of installing commercial EV chargers. Many utility companies offer programs designed to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles by offsetting some of the installation and equipment costs. Additionally, utility, local, and federal incentives may be available to lower any financial burden on businesses looking to support electric cars.

Power Rating

Power and Charging Speed as a Factor

The power rating of the chargers is a critical factor in determining both the cost and utility of a commercial electric vehicle charging station. While chargers with a power rating of 1.6 kW are on the lower end of the spectrum, commercial settings often require chargers with higher power levels, such as 30 kW or even 60 kW, to efficiently serve employees and customers. These higher-capacity DC chargers are the fastest but have higher installation and equipment costs.

Special Note: Fleet Conversion and Operations

When evaluating your overall costs, consider the costs and benefits of adding electrified fleet vehicles. Electric fleets are one component that adds consistent net benefits that can offset the costs of your installation, but they must be considered in those decisions.

Financing Options

For businesses considering adding commercial charging stations, financing options are available to help manage the upfront costs. Some EV charging companies offer leasing arrangements or as-a-service models that spread the cost over time, making investing in this infrastructure more manageable for commercial properties. Ask your rep at EnergyOne for financing and leasing options that may work for your business.

Signage and Space Marking

Lastly, the presence of charger logos and the creation of designated charging parking ports can enhance the visibility and accessibility of the charging stations, potentially attracting more electric vehicle owners to the property. While these elements represent additional costs, they are essential to creating a user-friendly charging environment for employees and customers.

Conclusion and Considerations

Various factors that significantly affect the cost come into play when installing a commercial EV charging station. These include the required hardware, such as the panels, conduits, transformers, etc., which ensure that the AC (or DC) power reaches the stations efficiently. Electric charging stations also need a robust power protection system and an amp circuit breaker to manage voltage and power safely.  

Cloud and network software services covering costing, metering, and system monitoring are essential for monitoring energy usage efficiency and billing purposes. The choice of power software management also impacts how effectively the station can serve EV drivers by adding availability and incentives for drivers and users. Ultimately, the investment in installing a commercial EV charging station involves much more than the initial purchase cost, as it encompasses a comprehensive setup to ensure safety, reliability, and satisfaction for EV drivers.

The cost to install a commercial EV charging station can vary widely based on several factors, including the type of chargers, power levels, and the need for dedicated electrical infrastructure. However, utility rebates, local and federal incentives, and financing options from EnergyOne EV financing can mitigate the financial burden. Considering these factors provides a comprehensive overview for commercial properties looking to support the growing number of electric vehicles on the road.

Contact: EnergyOne EV Charging (480) 419-8210 or [email protected]

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