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February 2017

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36 NOLN | www.noln.net a manufacturer of EV charging stations, men- tioned these three items: • How far will your charging station be from the power source? • What kind of parking situation will you have? • How long will the EVs be charging? "For example, if you're a business just off the freeway, the premium on charging is getting a sufficient charge in the shortest amount of time," Teeter-Balin said. AeroVironment offer three levels of chargers. eir Level One chargers are designed to run off a standard 120-volt outlet; these are ideal for home charging at night. For commercial in- stallation, their Level Two chargers are the best option, as they run off a 240-volt power supply and deliver a charge three to five times faster. is is likely to be the best option for an auto shop, especially if the customer is dropping off their vehicle for a few hours. "Level Two is our 'sweet spot' for charging op- tions," Teeter-Balin said. "ese chargers deliver 12-25 mile ranges per hour of charging time." Teeter-Balin said AeroVironment's commer- cial customers are finding installing charging stations delivers value, offering ways to differ- entiate their business from the competition and, of course, bringing in brand-new custom- ers. Echoing that refrain, the Sierra Club's Co- plon-Newfield emphasized there is a business case to be made for installing an EV charging station. "EV charging stations are just one more way for an owner to attract new customers, not to mention cultivate loyalty," Coplon-Newfield said. Operators should do their homework in determining how much additional business a charging station might deliver. Other business- es are finding charging stations help attract new customers eager to patronize businesses supporting the transition to electric mobility. EV owners are no different than any other ve- hicle owner. ey all require service and routine maintenance on their vehicles. Why not provide this at your shop? S

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