Getting Plug-In Ready (Business)
Whether you run a neighborhood coffeehouse or manage a large corporation, there are a wide range of options to take into account when deciding to install workplace charging – including equipment type and location, how many chargers to install, billing costs and methods for controlling access. Here are some suggested steps to take when considering installing workplace charging:
1. Gain internal support
Before initiating a workplace charging program, first gauge the interest of company management – such as the sustainability manager, facility managers and executive leadership.
2. Take a poll
See how many employees have plug-in electric vehicles or are interested in purchasing PEVs.
3. Explore your options
Learn about your options, including the types of plug-in vehicles and available charging technologies at georgiapower.com/ev.
4. List the challenges
Thoroughly research any challenges associated with your project – including but not limited to the property layout; available electrical infrastructure; existing rules in the covenants; conditions and restrictions; available parking spaces to accommodate workplace charging; state and local regulations; accommodation of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and cost requirements.
5. Define the scope of your project
The scope of your project should include charging technologies, suggested location(s) and estimated number of parking spaces.
6. Choose a contractor
Georgia Power provides a list of EV charging solution providers for your consideration when choosing a contractor to provide quotes and site evaluations. You should consider the installer's experience, licensing, insurance and training.
7. Schedule an onsite evaluation
Your contractor will need to visit your site to conduct an assessment, learn your requirements and address your questions before designing your project, and providing an estimate and recommendations for your specific site.
8. Install your chargers
Once you've obtained all approvals, the installation can begin. Your contractor will order the charging stations, obtain permits, and arrange for any utility and city inspections.
9. Develop charging guidelines and spread the news
Let your employees know where, when and how to use the new charging stations.
Get answers to the most common electric vehicle questions.
Did You Know?
If 60% of U.S. vehicles were powered with electricity, there would be a 1/3 reduction in the amount of greenhouse gas emissions emitted by U.S. transportation. (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council).
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