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How much will I save by having my own EV Charging Station?
Electric cost will vary depending on local utility rates, what kind of EV Charging Station is installed and what Electric Vehicle is being driven. Regardless, the cost of powering your EV will be significantly less than what you would pay at the pump to fuel a traditional vehicle. Based on currently available Electric Vehicles and average electricity rates, it's estimated that an EV owner will save approximately 75% in fuel costs by switching from gasoline to electricity. For instance, to power your electric vehicle for 100 miles using a Level II Charger, it may require up to 4 hours of charging time at a cost of about a $1 a day.
Does Mars Electric take care of the total project from start to finish?
Yes, Mars Electric is a turn-key solution for your project. We will handle your project from research all the way to installation and thru marketing events and press releases. We are here to help your team to be successful.
Is a permit needed?
Permitting depends upon the size of a project. Some smaller projects do not require a permit. However, the requirement for a permit does depend upon the local municipality. This is why Mars Electric will always verify what type of permit is required.
Do all projects require an Architect or Engineer?
No. Not all projects require an Architect or Engineer to be part of the team. In fact, most projects will not need them. Really, only those construction level projects, like one that includes a Solar Canopy, will require their assistance. Mars Electric can help you with any architectural services you may need.
Who handles the warranty needs?
All warranties are handled through GoSpace Customer Care department. Since most of our products are designed to have remote connections, GoSpace will work with your facilities manager to evaluate what could be the issue that needs to be resolved. However, if such a need arises, GoSpace will send out the necessary team to repair or replace the parts or products.
How will our members access the Charge Point Electric Vehicle Charging Stations?
RFID (Radio-frequency identification ) card is needed to activate the Charger. Most all Electric Vehicle owners will already have one. And of course, you will be issued one with your Charging Station. If, however, an extra card is needed, or if for some reason, a member doesn't have one, then it is a simple matter of calling your GoSpace Expert or go online to www.goingspaces.com.
How much is it going to be used?
In 2012, there was approximately 20 Electric Vehicle models from various auto manufacturers on the road. In 2013, that will double to 40 models. 2014 is only going to be better...
How can our members find our charging stations?
Future and current members can locate a Electric Vehicle Charging Station by downloading the ChargePoint Network phone app on their iPhone, Blackberry or Android Smartphone. Your customers can plan their trip getting turn-by-turn directions to your Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, verify that the Electric Vehicle Charging Station is available to charge, and reserve a station if the member so desires.
How can our members know if our Electric Vehicle Charging Station is being used?
The iPhone, Blackberry or Android Smartphone apps allow the user to see real-time availability of the charging stations, either Available or In Use. The apps even give the user status of their current or most recent charging session: energy use, greenhouse gas savings, and time.
If we are leasing from a property owner, can we install the EVSE units?
Yes, most always. In fact, we have seen that many property owners are very supportive of the EVSE units at their properties. We have found that many property owners recognize that the installation of EVSE units will promote their properties. With the installation of the ChargePoint EVSE units, you can set up the software so that when an EV owner is looking for a station, you can show the identity of the property owners' facility name, as well as yours.
What type of property risk are involved with the EVSE units?
Practically none. We have found that once property owners understand the safety features that the EVSE units have, the questions on property risk go away. Each EVSE unit is automatically de-energized until the vehicle is completely connected. Therefore, even if someone pulled the J1772 plug out from the vehicle while it was charging, or someone did not connect the J1772 plug back into the charging station, there will not be any electricity coming through the cord, and the cut-off of electricity is instantaneous.
What difference would there be between a Level I or Level II charging station, and where should I use them?
The difference is how fast a vehicle will charge at your station. Of course, other factors are involved, like the type of vehicle and the level of charge allowed on the battery. Typically, Level I charging (120-volts) can take as much as 8 - 16 hours to fully charge. As for Level II (240-volts), a vehicle should be fully charged between 4 - 6 hours.
For overnight charging of a fleet vehicle, the Level I Charging Station will suffice. Level II is best for public locations at the front of your branch or facility to attract members to charge their electric vehicles.
Do the ChargePoint charging stations work with any electric vehicle?
Yes, the ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations will work with any electric vehicle on the market. To allow this to be possible, ChargePoint adopted the industry standard for Level II charging, the SAE J1772™ connector. All Level II charging stations are equipped with this connector. Therefore, if a member owns a Chevrolet Volt, Ford Transit Connect, Ford Focus Electric, or the BMW ActiveE just to name a few, all members will be able to charge at any ChargePoint station and utilize all the functions of the network.
Is this a 24 hour set up? May we place limitations on usage, for example 9 am to 5 pm?
You have full control of when the charging unit is available through the provided software.
If the machine is charging a car, and it is not done and someone decides they are going to remove the handle to charge their car, what happens?
The Session and electricity flow are immediately stopped. A status alert is sent via email or text to the original user.
Do we have to use signs and stencils?
No, but they are recommended for recognition purposes, highlighting that you have made the effort to be environmentally progressive.
Who decides where the parking spaces are placed?
You have great flexibility in this regard. Most partners will place their car charger in a prominent spot up front so as to shout out the point: "Hey, we're doing our part!" Also, being up front, it rewards those who are also 'doing their part!
Who pays for the electricity?
In many states, you are unable to 'resell' electricity. Therefore, the owners of public charging stations must find an alternative way to recoup their costs. Some proposed ways of doing so include assessing a fee by the hour, charging a flat fee for accessing the station, or requiring a subscription service to access the station. As volumes of vehicles are low, some public locations are offering free charging; however, as vehicle volumes increase this will likely not remain cost effective. Of course, many will still offer it free for the Public Relations and Marketing values.
How does the cost of electricity really compare to gas?
In general, you will pay approximately $0.50 to $0.75 per equivalent gallon of gasoline that you would have used in your internal combustion car. This means that instead of paying approximately $35.00 for 10 gallons of gas to drive some 300 miles, you will pay somewhere between $5.00 and $7.50 for the electricity.
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