Best Practices for EV Charging Station
Operations and Maintenance: Policy Guidelines
As the demand for charging stations increases, more guidelines may be outlined, such as guaranteeing a set time limit for charging vehicles.
When marking your parking spaces for your EV patrons or employees, it’s good practice to create policies that specify the direct enforcement and consequences when restricting other vehicles from parking in these spaces.
However, additional supportive maintenance practices can also apply to help enforce your EV parking regulations.
Helpful Markings for Prime Parking Spots
When you install EV charging stations at prime parking spots around your facility, traditional gasoline vehicles may still want to use these spaces, unaware of the intended use.
These types of conflicts can cause disputes and confusion over parking lot spaces, especially if your facility doesn’t have adequate parking available or if your EV spaces aren’t visibly marked.
To make sure your EV parking spaces are being utilized by EV vehicles only, connect with your local commercial paving partner or contractor to begin discussing ways to line your EV parking spaces appropriately during your next paving maintenance audit.
On top of paving markings, you can also connect with your signage partner to add signs that visibly display areas intended for EVs. Combining both signage and line striping is not only a great solution to protect your EV spaces, but both can increase area visibility.
Enforcing Strict Regulations
Although a combination of signs and line striping can inform drivers of specific parking lot policies, you may have to be willing to go a step further to enforce your rules.
Two things have to be applied when enforcing any regulation: consistency and consequence. If you notice a pattern of regular gasoline vehicles using your EV parking spaces, be consistent in ticketing their car or towing it away as a consequence.
EV parking spaces are typically close to the main entry point for many facilities. So, it’s tempting for many non-EV drivers to use these spaces as an added personal benefit.
Even though you don’t want to take any extreme measures, such practices might help establish basic EV ground rules and mitigate non-EV drivers to use designated charging spaces.
Alternative Applications & Fees
Additional advantages towards your EV parking stations’ operation and maintenance include establishing a fee for the charging station’s use.
Site owners must first assess if they want to pay for EV charging stations out-of-pocket, generate revenue from the use of EV stations, or create duration value.
Charging stations offer several ways to produce value. The obvious is that charging stations attract EV drivers who add investment to the business. EV charging stations can also help maintain valuable employees who drive energy-efficient vehicles and can show a sense of environmental responsibility to the brand or portfolio.
Furthermore, EV station hosts can open up alternative cost solutions by selling space for advertisements via the charging stations, creating a stable revenue stream.
For more solutions on creating EV charging policies and regulations or any maintenance and operation inquiries, contact your contracting partner to find the best fit and method for your EV investment.
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