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Big-box retailers, restaurant owners, corporations, and quick service restaurants (QSRs) are eager to add value to their EV-driving patrons and employees with EV Charging Stations.

The time is now to incorporate charging infrastructure into your new developments - or to retrofit your existing projects. Why?

On the Verge of a Transportation Revolution

There are no fewer than 10 EVs and PHEVs planned for roll out to US consumers in 2010 and 2011. Another nine are slated to debut in 2012 through 13 and the list of advanced electric vehicles at the concept and pilot stages continues to grow. With battery ranges of up to 250 miles and designs ranging from the practical to extravagant, EVs are becoming more viable for a wide variety of real drivers.

A New Standard Maximizes Your Charge Purchase

A growing number of drivers will be seeking out charging stations - and a new standard developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) ensures that models from all major automakers will be able to take advantage of your infrastructure - so long as your Charging Stations comply with the standard, as AV's charging line does. This standard, called J1772, is designed to ensure that all chargers use the same J1772 "plug" - so that all new EVs and PHEVs will have the same connection point, and each will be electronically compatible with the other.

Put simply, your project's Charging Stations will be able to "fuel" all J1772-compliant makes and models from small and large automakers alike. This standard may make pre-wiring for EV chargers and/or installing charging units at time of construction a more prudent investment than it would have been 20 years ago, prior to the establishment of an electric vehicle charging standard - and the investment will likely enhance your building's value for years to come.

A Variety of Businesses and Customers

Having seen the writing on the wall, many retailers, garages, industrial parks, mass merchandisers, and public venues are considering EV charging stations. Offering EV charging as a value-added complimentary or low-cost option sends a clear signal to the public at large and a resounding message of corporate commitment to sustainability. Charging infrastructure can also, quite literally, drive traffic to a business and set it apart from the competition. For customers who own an EV or PHEV, the convenience of "opportunity charging" while shopping, playing, or conducting business is a compelling draw.

Office buildings and other workplaces that offer Level 2 or even Level 3 EV charging to their employees, clients, and visitors will also have something to offer that the competition doesn't have - especially to those without convenient access to home charging. Facilities that can list EV charging stations among their amenities have a definite edge when it comes to attracting and retaining desirable tenants and securing lucrative long-term leases. Offered as an employment perk, EV charging gives employers a relatively inexpensive "carrot" to offer top-flight employees and contributes to fulfilling sustainable business and social responsibility goals.

New Construction: Now's the Time to Plan

Like most power-related systems in a new project, EV charging infrastructure is less expensive when integrated early into new construction, especially when compared to a retrofit. AV's versatile Level 2 EVSE "opportunity" charging systems can be used in retail, workplace, home, and public parking settings and pulls 220/240 volts. AV's broad range of Level 3 "Fast" Charging Stations charge the average EV in a matter of minutes instead of hours and draw up to 440 volts. Both Level 2 and Level 3 systems are either UL listed or are pending approval, are weather- and tamper-resistant, field-swappable, and field-upgradeable.

By incorporating EV charging into your building's design plan, you're adding significant building value at low incremental cost - and helping to usher in a revolution in clean, sustainable transportation.

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