With Electric Vehicles (EVs) continuing to grow in popularity, Henderson Services has quickly become the leading EV charging station contractor in Kentucky. Whether at airports or grocery stores, the locations that offer these charging stations are steadily multiplying, used by businesses to bring in traffic and care for employees. However, these charging stations are only one of the ways to charge EVs. When purchasing a vehicle, you will also receive a level one charger, which you can use with a standard wall outlet at your home.
So let’s look at why charging stations are superior to charging at home and how your business can increase your traffic by implementing stations in your parking lot.
When using a Level 1 charger that comes with your vehicle for at-home use, you could be waiting for around two days for a full recharge! If you plan to try a quick charge overnight, you may be out of luck.
There is an additional option to purchase a Level 2 charger. We will typically install these same chargers for various businesses and manufacturers. This charger works with higher voltage and therefore requires extra energy usage from your home or business. Though you will face a higher cost compared to your free level 1 charger, you will quickly see the difference between this installed charging station and the low-powered free option. With the level 2 charger, you can charge your vehicle fully in 4 to 10 hours.
At-home chargers tend to come with higher accident risk. Due to the voltage running through the chargers and into your vehicles, EV chargers pose a fire hazard risk. This can often happen because of faulty or outdated wiring, which is more likely to occur at your home. There is also a potential hazard where the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) fails due to unforeseen circumstances such as old wiring, lightning, or general wear.
The charging stations we install will always be evaluated and properly wired to avoid any potential hazards. If the necessary energy source has faulty wiring, we have experts who can quickly fix the problem and get the charger installed safely. While you can get a Level 2 charger installed at your home, a station in the parking lot of a business or manufacturer will typically be safer.
Perhaps the most obvious advantage of a public charging station is that you don’t have to pay the initial costs of purchasing a station for your home. In this case, a business has already covered the cost of installation. With the purchase of your vehicle, it's possible that you didn’t budget for an at-home charging upgrade. Public chargers serve as a great alternative.
In addition, some charging stations are more advanced than a level 2 charger and can rapidly charge your vehicle in around an hour. While these are only sometimes readily available, they can be a great way to quickly get back on the road for those with access. However, even a level 2 charger will get you back on the road much more quickly than your free level 1 charger that you use at home.
As a business owner, having these charging stations increases traffic and encourages your team. For example, imagine a grocery store that installs charging stations. If someone who needs groceries also needs to charge their vehicle, they’re more prone to shop at a place that offers the chance to kill two birds with one stone.
This is just a brief look at some differences you’ll experience between at-home chargers and public charging stations. As the leading installer of charging stations in Kentucky, we have the ability to install them in any location and offer additional services for any wiring that needs to be updated. So contact us today to learn more about how EV charging stations can boost your business!