Why Install Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure?
Providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure at your MFD can be an innovative way to attract and retain a larger pool of tenants. Although Rancho Cucamonga has a thriving EV charging network, there is significant need to provide those charging options at home, where EV owners prefer to do the bulk of their charging.
Installing an EV charger displays a business’s commitment to sustainability, improving marketability. In addition your property can gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points by installing an EV charger.
Recent code and policy developments have encouraged new-construction MFD’s to install electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) on site. Installing an EV charger would ensure your ability to compete with newer properties, in addition to accommodating the growing number of EVs within the city.
EV Charging Checklist
This section delves into the EV installation, walking developers and other community stakeholders throughout the process. Timing allocated to each step may vary.
Contact tenants with an EV demand survey to gage interest in electric vehicle charging stations. The California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative has created a sample survey for MFD property owners to model their own after, to gain insight on EVI demand. The survey should cover the following topics:
- EV Ownership: Gaging tenant’s interest in owning an electric vehicle in the future, if not currently in possession of one.
Consider EV Charging Options
When selecting a location for EV charging, one should consider proximity to power supply, location of parking spaces, and accessibility requirements.
-Power Supply: The closer a parking space is to an energy source, the easier and more cost efficient the EVI installation process becomes. In some cases, an electrical panel upgrade may be necessary to expand its capacity to support such infrastructure. Energy capacity depends on the level of charging infrastructure that is installed.
Level 1: A dedicated branch circuit with NEMA 5-15R or 5-20R receptacle must be present.
Level 2: A dedicated branch circuit hardwired to a 240VAC 4-wire must be present.
DC fast charger: transfers power at a higher voltage, usually between 440 and 480 Volts to deliver from 32 to 100 kW of power using direct current (DC).
-Location of Parking Spaces: Siting an EV charger with consideration to proximity of the electric meter can avoid costs associated with trenching through concrete. One should also consider siting an EV charger with consideration of possible tripping hazards.
-Accessibility Requirements can be found in CALGreen Code Title 24 Chapter 11B.
The cost of installing an EV charger varies and is dependent on-site specifications. Typical installation costs include the cost of equipment, possible upgrades to the electrical panel, as well as the cost of trenching for electrical conduit. EV installation, operations, and maintenance costs will depend on how EV chargers are installed, and their placement.
The table below was developed in effort to give developers a better idea of how much EVI would cost, depending on preferred charging equipment levels.
Estimate Cost Recovery
Site hosts of EV charging stations may choose to recover costs based on visitors’ individual usage or offer EV charging as a free amenity. There are also additional resources that can help you offset the cost of operating an EV charging station.
EVI in common areas (open to non-residents): Installing an EV charger open to a large pool of potential users will maximize profits using a smart billing system within the charger.
EVI in common areas (residents only): Building management would install an EV charger open to residents only, and this is restricted using a parking pass, or placing the charger behind MFD gates.
The Southern California Incentive Project offers rebates of up to $70,000 per direct current (DC) fast charger for installations at new sites. Installations in disadvantaged communities are eligible to receive up to $80,000 per DC fast charger, up to 80% of the project cost.
Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Charge Ready Program toward the purchase and installation of a minimum of four Level 1 or Level 2 EV supply equipment, or a minimum of five Level 1 or Level 2 EV supply equipment in disadvantaged communities.
CALeVIP, funded by the California Energy Commission, offers incentives for the installation of publicly accessible EV charging stations. CALeVIP also offers the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Financing Program, providing loans for small businesses in California to install EV supply equipment.
Rancho Cucamonga Municipal Utility (RCMU) is offering a rebate, up to $5,000, to be used towards expanding the charging network. The rebate can be used by RCMU’s commercial and residential customers to offset costs associated with installing a level 2 or a DC fast charger for use by their employees, tenants, or the general public.
The City of Rancho Cucamonga uses two major utility providers: Southern California Edison and RCMU. Representatives from your local municipality, electrical contractors, and EV service providers are valuable contacts who will assist you in choosing the right charging solution suited to your location’s unique needs and constraints. Local municipality representatives specifically can help you walk through any required electrical service upgrades, electrical bill impacts, and provide you with technical support.
To contact RCMU, call 1-909-919-2612 or visit https://www.cityofrc.us/rcmu.
To contact SCE, call 1-800-655-4555 or visit https://www.sce.com/.
EV network providers offer a large array of products, services, and arrangements, catered to each site’s specific needs. It is in each site’s best interest to review case studies on past projects that are similar to its own before finalizing a contract with your selected provider. CALeVIP helps prospective EV charging sites find local EV network vendors using their connective, albeit non-comprehensive, tool.
Planning and Permitting
The City of Rancho Cucamonga has a streamlined permitting process, allowing prospective EV infrastructure owners to easily install charging stations. The EVCS permit checklist, a supplement for an electrical and/or building application, contains technical aspects of installation and is used to expedite the permitting process. The checklist requests applicant information, contractor information and system voltage.
After the permitting application is approved, the EV charging station is ready to be installed. To begin the EVI installation process, visit the City of Rancho Cucamonga’s Online Permit Center.