For those who are considering or have already made the decision to install an electric vehicle, it's important to know what this maintenance entails and what costs might be associated with it if you just want to double-check your bill. To that end, we've put together a short article describing the common everyday costs of owning an electric car charger.
Before we begin, a warning: It is impossible to describe all the features required to maintain an electric vehicle charger, since different conditions, laws and chargers require different types of maintenance. For example, wet or frequently frozen environments can cause problems with the electronics, requiring more frequent replacement of sensitive components. Therefore, it is important to consult regularly with other business owners in your area to see if there are any problems. Once you have a list, call your favorite electric vehicle supplier and ask how maintenance is doing.
Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Energy has issued guidelines and recommendations for electric vehicle maintenance. One conclusion from these recommendations is that Stage 3 or DCFC transformers require more regular maintenance because of components such as cooling systems and compressors. Many of these require specialists to properly manage and should be budgeted for.
Tier 1 and 2 chargers are much simpler. Although the outlets need to be replaced every few years (cost about $100), watch for damage to the charging cable (replace if necessary), the rest of the maintenance work is fairly straightforward. Vandalism/damage warning, check all components regularly for damage, keep the unit clean (use a mild detergent, not too harsh!) ), do not open the device without disconnecting the current. Note that for a property or business owner, regular cleaning and inspection in this situation requires a small outlay of labor or employee time and should be calculated according to the applicable hourly rate.
In any case, both the U.S. Department of Energy and industry experts recommend allocating about $400 per year for maintenance.
The most complex factor affecting the daily cost of using an electric vehicle charger is the cost of electricity. This can also vary greatly from region to region and situation to situation. It mainly depends on the charge level of the charger and the number of people who use it. However, to put it simply, you can imagine that the higher the charge level, the higher the ceiling on the cost of energy.
Based on this, two factors come into play when calculating the cost of energy. It is the charging of energy and the use of the charger. The consumption charge is an issue that has already been discussed here. Basically, it adds an additional charge to your bill based on your maximum power consumption for a limited period of time. This ranges from 15 minutes to one day. Accelerated chargers affect user charging and greatly increase the amount of energy used in a short period of time.
If you are not charging for charger use, you are paying for the energy provided to the driver. This is perfectly fine for small households, but may not be acceptable for businesses with many people working daily. Electric cars help optimize energy consumption.
In any case, there's another thing that can affect the daily cost of owning an electric car charger. These are government incentives. They can affect everything from energy bills to taxes, but they can help put some money in your pocket to encourage the transition away from fossil fuels. It's important to identify the opportunities available and make the most of them.
We hope you learned more about the everyday costs of owning an electric vehicle charger. Contact us today to find out how we can install an electric vehicle charging station on your property.
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