A few things to consider when selecting a fast DC charger for the workplace or fleet location include the charging speed, compatibility with the electric vehicles (EVs) used by employees, the available electrical infrastructure, user convenience, and cost. Here are the key factors to keep in mind when choosing a fast DC charger for a workplace:
Consider the charging speed required for your workplace. DC fast chargers are available in various power levels, such as 30kW 50kW, 100kW, and even higher. Higher power chargers will charge EVs faster but may require more electrical capacity and infrastructure. Plus they are likely to be significantly more expensive.
Ensure that the DC charger is compatible with the EV models employees use. Check the connector types and charging standards (e.g., CCS, CHAdeMO) to accommodate a wide range of EVs. Almost all UK supplied EVs will be Type-2 CCS for DC charging but there are still a couple of oddities out there.
Assess your workplace’s electrical infrastructure to determine if it can support the chosen DC charger. At the least, it will require a 100amp, three-phase supply. You may need to perform electrical upgrades to accommodate higher-power chargers.
Location and Accessibility:
Choose a convenient and accessible location for the charger(s) within your workplace. Consider factors like parking availability, proximity to employee entrances, and compliance with accessibility rules, if applicable. As DC charging is faster than AC, EVs are likely to be moved frequently throughout the day so placement in an area where vehicles can freely move is a must.
Select a charger that provides a user-friendly experience and is easy to use. Features like touch-screen interfaces, mobile app integration for payment and monitoring (where applicable), and clear signage can enhance user satisfaction.
Cost and Funding:
Evaluate the cost of purchasing and installing the DC charger, including any necessary electrical infrastructure work. Explore available grants, incentives, or government funding programs for workplace charging installations in the UK.
Consider whether you want the charger to be part of a larger charging network. Some chargepoint suppliers offer networked solutions with payment processing, remote monitoring, and maintenance support as part of the package, such as Hydra Nexus with contactless payment options.
Maintenance and Support:
Research the manufacturer’s reputation for reliability and customer support. Choose a charger with a good track record and available service options such as the Hydra Dion dual output DC charger.
If you anticipate expanding your workplace charging infrastructure in the future, choose a charger and electrical setup that can accommodate additional units.
Implement load management solutions if you have multiple chargers to ensure that the electrical load is distributed efficiently without overloading the grid.
Consider integrating renewable energy sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines, to offset the energy consumption of the charging infrastructure.
Regulations and Permits:
Ensure compliance with local planning regulations and obtain any necessary permissions for the installation of the DC charger where applicable.
Choose a charger provider with a commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices.
Before making a final decision, it’s advisable to consult with electricians, charging infrastructure specialists, and charger providers who can assess your workplace’s specific needs and recommend the most suitable DC charger solution. Additionally, consider employee feedback and usage patterns to optimize the charging infrastructure for your workplace.