EV Charging Basics for Property Developers

Across the United Kingdom, zero-emission initiatives are the future; ownership of electric vehicles is growing in momentum, and so is the demand for more charging stations. As recently announced by the UK’s Government EV infrastructure will require the integration of EV chargers into all new construction projects. For property developers, this added investment provides many opportunities to stay competitive in the real estate market and become part of a sustainable future — so as not to be left behind by the quickly evolving developments in transportation electrification and their impacts on the real estate industry. Speak to the Totally Charged team directly today and find out how we can help.

EV Charging Stations Are A Legal Requirement for New Property Constructions From 2022

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EV Charging Basics for Property Developers

The different EV charger types determine how long it takes to completely charge an EV and the average range it gives the vehicle per hour of charging based on the voltage input.

EV Charger Types

  • AC Level 1. Level 1 charging uses a standard EV charging coupler and takes the longest to charge an EV fully. The average range is only about 2 to 5 miles per hour of charging. This charger type is not ideal for EVs with larger batteries and higher power demands; it’s most suitable for workspaces and home garages where EVs are usually parked for prolonged periods. Out of the three standard charging levels, Level 1 is the least expensive option.
  • AC Level 2. This charger type also uses a standard EV charging coupler and requires a single-phase branch circuit that delivers an input rating of 240 volts. With a higher voltage, it’s faster to charge an EV battery fully and averages about 10 to 20 miles of range per hour of charging. Level 2 charging stations are the most commonly installed charger type in commercial and residential spaces. The correct NEMA electrical enclosures are required for stations located outdoors.
  • DC Fast Charge. This charger type delivers the fastest complete charge, with an input rating of 480 volts and an average range of 60 to 80 miles per 20 minutes of charging. Fast Charging is the best option for parking spaces in retail and commercial locations, where EVs usually park for short periods. Separate connectors are used for DC Quick Charge, which vary depending on the vehicle manufacturer.

Why Installing EV-Capable Infrastructure During New Construction Is Better

For existing properties, both commercial and residential, retrofitting with EV infrastructure is the only option and involves higher costs. Surface parking and walls have to be demolished and then repaired. Longer conduit runs may have to be added; electric service panels will have to be upgraded. There are also the costs for plans, permits, inspections, and project management.

For new property constructions, integrating EV infrastructure is an excellent opportunity to save a lot of money. Offering state-of-the-art amenities to tenants and home buyers will also make the property more competitive by delivering a higher and more environment-friendly standard of living.

Let us help your development drive electric. Contact us now and start your EV journey with Totally Charged and build a sustainable infrastructure