Commercial EV Charging Station for Electric Car
Owners of electric cars is a special caste of drivers. Although they are still a minority, the army of electric cars owners is growing, and they are already glaring at the drivers of the “analog” transport who are smoking the sky with burned hydrocarbon.
Owning an electric car changes the worldview and lifestyle. The urban environment is changing next: electric cars were a true wonder yesterday, today it is a must have. Lately, it was difficult to "refuel" the car with electricity even in the capital of the country. Today, the process of electric vehicles’ charging is a full-fledged part of the urban landscape. It is not surprising, because Ukraine keeps a leadership among countries of Eastern Europe in a number of electric vehicles sold in domestic market.
The same story happened with mobile communication, do you remember? The result is obvious: after 20 years, Ukraine is among leaders in this sphere, literally almost every person owns a mobile phone.
Infrastructure facilities are already being designed taking into account the electrification of transport: shopping centers, administrative buildings, sports complexes are difficult to imagine without charging stations. New electric charging stations open daily. The development is rapid and this is a positive thing. Power reserve is always better than deficit. The presence of charging ports turns into a competitive advantage and marketing tool for any infrastructure facility.
Benefits for Business
A big advantage is the fact that launching a station does not require a vast territory, individual staff, specific maintenance or special knowledge – it has nothing in common with gasoline or gas filling stations. Electric car charging station can be mounted during the working day. Immediately after installation, the equipment is ready for operation. And, on the same day, a new charging station will be shown on a map so each driver of an electric vehicle will learn about its location through the app.
The last point is especially important: it was stated above that the lifestyle of electric car owners is somewhat different from the average.
The driver of an electric car always choose places where there are charging stations, so that cars can be charged while the owner watches a movie, dines at a restaurant, goes in for sports or shopping. The service can be used as a marketing tool in loyalty program framework for customers and staff, and can become a paid service, bringing income to the owner of the infrastructure facility. Note that even in this case, the equipment can remain the part of TOKA network under the affiliate program. There is also an option of autonomous work without being in the network.
Charging stations for electric vehicles in Kyiv are often used for non-commercial purposes. For example, on the territory of a private house or in a high-rise yard. Fortunately, the equipment is able to work in different conditions. Moreover, in order to share the financial burden, customers agree with their neighbors on joint usage. In the second case, the mounting of a station is coordinated with the Committee of owners of an apartment building. Our staff will carry out installation and programming. In order to prevent unauthorized people from using the station, the access right for each user is being set.
If a person lives in a high-rise building there is only one way for him to get rid of the wires and extension cords – to buy a station. Another advantage is the night rates for electricity. Most people drive cars during daytime, so charging batteries at night, when the price per kilowatt is noticeably lower, is a usual practice for both Ukraine and European countries. When the station is being operated by several owners, the metering of electricity consumption for each is separate.
How Electric Charging Stations Operate in Ukraine
The fundamental is the same as in Europe, there is no need to invent anything. Access is provided through an RFID card reader or through our mobile TOKA application. The second option is more convenient because of the additional software specialties: the client can check out the statistics on the vehicle's charging. In addition, the application tells you what stations are free to use at the moment, if the station you are in is busy.
The time of charging the battery to its full capacity depends on the type of equipment. Electric stations for fast charging are rare in Ukraine. The reason for this is the high cost of equipment. In addition, using the accelerated method will charge the battery up to 80% only, while an electric car itself should be equipped with a special connector. Moreover, the electrical equipment of a car affects the charging speed. Practice shows that medium-speed charging stations remain the best and most versatile option, while their price is very advantageous - almost 20 times lower than high-speed analogs.
Electric Charging Stations and Electricity sales
As you know, only energy companies can trade electricity in our country. All other sellers can charge for electricity consumed by the client only within the cost price. This means that operator forms the price, which includes the cost of kilowatts, plus the price of the service. The majority of electric stations customers are intelligent and well-informed people, so there are no problems on this issue.
Which Charging Station to buy
The equipment differs in the number of ports and installation method. Stations for 1 or 3 ports, floor or wall type are most popular – depending on expected customer flow. Installations with several ports are entirely justified for large shopping centers, business centers, out-of-town restaurants and clubs. Single-port models of wall type are more often used in private households and in small offices. The station price depends on the number of ports.
All stations operate through RFID cards or mobile application of TOKA network, which facilitate accounting and control.
There are mandatory and recommended specifications for each model. We are talking about connecting cables: our staff will advise on this issue and select the appropriate configuration of charging unit for a specific object. In addition, we will connect and program the equipment. Please see the relevant section for prices, models and warranty terms. You can buy charging stations for electric vehicles of all types there.