- Nov 14, 2019 2:55 pm GMT
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This is a pretty good read on the dynamics of an EV charging station. The case study here is Whole Foods, which has installed EV charging at its stores. The initiative began last year in March with Blink, an EV charging company, but has been rapidly expanded to include major charging networks. The Texas-based chain's was responsible for maintenance of the stations earlier but, with rapid expansion, it has handed over installation and maintenance tasks to the provider. The article does not provide much information in terms of economics of the station. Level 2 charging is free but supercharging costs a pretty packet, according to this story. (But the fees shouldn't be a problem for a chain which is nicknamed "Whole Paycheck"!). There are a limited number of charging stations at the store and, sometimes, there can be tussle between owners of vehicles to grab a spot. Whole Foods is also considering turning its charging stations into an aggregated resource to provide services to the grid.