Planning & Hosting a Charging Station
Steps to Installing a Station
1. Familiarize yourself with EVs and EV Charging Basics.
You may also benefit from reviewing the resources listed below, particularly the handbook and guidelines.
2. Consult with business owner or governing authority.
You’ll want to make sure that you have permission before purchasing and installing an EV charger.
3. Find out if any incentives exist.
EV-related incentive programs currently available in BC are listed here.
4. Consult with EV owners, local utility, and a reputable electrical contractor.
EV owners might provide valuable insight and personal experience on installing a charging station. Additionally, depending on the type/level (1, 2, or DCFC) of charger and number of stations, you might be required to inform your local utility. Lastly, a reputable and experienced contractor will be able to answer many of your questions – use of an electrician who has completed the Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program is recommended. See Level 2 Charging Station Brands for information on what charging stations are available, and who can install them.
5. Select a station and ownership model.
When selecting your charger you’ll want to consider where the station will be located (inside or outside), cost sharing schemes between you and the EV owner, maintenance responsibilities, and station subscription services among others. TIPSlab at UBC, and the US Dept. of Energy provide valuable charging station installation guides.
6. Develop a site plan and obtain appropriate permits.
Much of this work the electrical contractor can assist with, but you may need to hire a licensed electrical engineer depending on the type and size of the project.
7. Conduct the installation and put your charger on the map!
Once the charger is installed, you’ll want to make sure EV owners know about it (if available for public use). Many EV owners use charging station maps to locate stations. ChargeHub, Plugshare, and others are some of map locators most frequently used. Ensure your station(s) are adequately signed as well.
- EV Charging Station Design Guidelines and Standards – TIPSlab
- EV Charging Infrastructure in Shared Parking Areas
- Residential Electric Vehicle Charging: A Guide for Local Governments
- EV Handbook for Public Charging Station Hosts – US Dept of Energy
- List of manufacturers and suppliers
- Electrical requirements for EV charging
- Signage for EV charging stations
- Planning for L2 EV Charging Infrastructure
- Planning for DC Fast Charging Stations
- Case Studies:
– City of Nanaimo,
– Resort Municipality of Whistler
– Royal Bay Bakery