Consumer Reports has found that more than 70 percent of drivers are excited about the prospect of owning an electric vehicle (EV) in the future. However, the survey revealed that there are two key factors that are currently preventing them from making the switch.
The transition to electric vehicles is already making great progress, thanks to the support of governments, businesses, and automakers. However, there are still challenges to overcome. Fortunately, this shift to EVs also brings exciting opportunities for dealerships to showcase their inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles while contributing to the development of better-charging infrastructure.
Providing EV charging stations at dealerships can bring a host of benefits. Not only can it drive the sales of EVs, but it can also cut down on operating expenses and contribute to a greener future. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the advantages of having EV chargers at dealerships and explore ways to make this technology accessible to your customers.
Providing EV charging solutions presents an excellent opportunity to educate customers about the many advantages of electric vehicles. Dealerships have the chance to enlighten their customers about the benefits of not only electric vehicles but also smart chargers.
Offering EV charging services can draw new customers in, show them how to charge their vehicles, and prompt them to purchase additional products like a Level 2 home charger.
Dealerships can take advantage of financial incentives. For example, a U.S. Federal Tax Credit pays dealerships 30% of the total cost to purchase and install an EV charging station.
Below are three most frequently selected types of charging stations by dealerships:
When you buy an electric vehicle, you'll receive a Level 1 trickle charger as part of the package. While these chargers are the most affordable, they are also the slowest. The unit plugs into any standard 120-volt outlet and provides around four to five miles of range for every charging hour. For long-term charging, it has severe limitations due to its charging speed.
Level 2 chargers are more expensive but also deliver faster charging speeds, around 12 to 60 miles of range per hour charging.
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Level 3 or DC fast chargers are the most efficient charging option, providing a speedy charging time of 15 to 60 minutes. However, the initial investment for installation can be on the higher side due to requisite equipment such as a transformer and specialized installation services provided by an electrician.
In conclusion, dealership owners should seriously consider investing in EV charging stations to reap the above benefits. It will not only attract new customers but also enhance your reputation and increase sales.