Largo's new EV Readiness Ordinance requires the installation of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) at certain developments in Largo's Activity Centers and Multimodal Corridors. By ensuring EVSEs are installed during construction, the overall cost of installation is reduced significantly. However choosing the right kind of charging station, network, and payment options can be tricky. Below are resources for developers to consider when planning a new site.
For additional questions, reach out to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
Adopted Comprehensive Development Code EV Readiness Standards
Electric Minnesota Guide to Purchasing an EV Station
Workplace Charging for Plug-In Electric Vehicles
Electrify the South
Common Station Features
A Level 2 station comes in two forms- a "dumb charger" which lacks data tracking, payment collection abilities, and numerous other technology features, and is less expensive (~$400; unit only). Networked or "smart chargers" offer a variety of features and come at an additional cost (~$600-700 for residential application Level 2; $1,000-$2,000 for commercial grade Level 2) due to their ability to connect wirelessly to a payment and service provider.
The third option is a DC fast charger, which can cost $40,000 for the unit, but charges a vehicle much quicker than Level 2 stations. This option is great for high-traffic areas, travel corridors, or places where EVs may be parked for short periods of time (30 mins).
Working with Utilities
Where to Purchase
- Charging station companies
Big box stores (Home Depot, Walmart, Costco, etc.) Search online inventories for “EV charger” or “electric vehicle charging station.”
Schools, universities, nonprofits, and government agencies are eligible to use Sourcewell, a public agency that takes the guesswork out of procuring charging infrastructure by coordinating contracts with manufacturers. Membership is free and offers several purchasing opportunities. More information about Sourcewell.
Are There Incentives for EVSEs?
Proximity to Power
- Install your Level 2 station in a location that will minimize your installation costs
- Find a route to the power supply that does not require concrete to be displaced while trenching. In some cases, tunneling can be done under thin concrete, like a sidewalk.
- Consider mounting on a wall—it doesn’t require trenching, and conduit can be run above ground to the power supply.
- Look for a building with 240V breaker slots available (two per charging head)—having unused breaker space means no additional electrical capacity work is required
- Install DCFC (Level 3 charger) near a transformer to reduce costs
- Because the minimum power needed for a DCFC is 25 kW, an industrial line is required. Locating charging near a transformer is the best way to guarantee the infrastructure is in place to avoid a very expensive install.
- The closer the transformer is located to the parking area, the more you will save on installation costs by reducing cable and trenching costs.
- Most sites do not have the industrial line required for DCFC. The cost of your project will be significantly increased if a transformer needs to be installed. It’s much cheaper to find a lot with easy access to one!
What is EV Ready versus Capable?
- Install charging stations at locations where EV drivers work.
- Consider surveying employees to discover who owns or would purchase an EV if charging was available.
- Having visible charging at work often encourages more employees to make the switch to electric as it reduces "range anxiety."
- Locate charging stations in as large of a lot as possible. By doing this, you create EV infrastructure while preserving ample space for other employees.
- Consider offering workplace charging for free as a recruitment and retention tool
Managing Workplace Charging
Do Charging Stations Require A Permit?
Submittals shall include but not limited to the following:
- Specifications for the stations
- Site plan showing location, distance from structures and property lines
- Electrical Panel load Calculations
- Plans prepared by a design professional (commercial)
For questions regarding the EVSE permitting process, contact the Largo Building Division or visit Largo.com/permits.