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What are the best payment models available for EV charging and what should FMs be aware of when deciding between payment options?While there are significant issues with installing charging stations, including scalable electrical infrastructure requirements, controlling access to the stations, payment mechanisms, transaction technologies and payment reconciliation administration, easily the most significant question brought to me by property owners and facility managers is "fee or free?" Should I collect money for charging sessions or offer it as a building amenity?There is no single, standard answer that is going to work in a majority of scenarios, as each property has completely different site-specific business considerations as well as individual state regulations. Facility managers should first check and see if his or her state and utility allows charging a fee for electricity. If you can recoup the actual cost for electricity, then you might consider monitoring the energy used with a sub meter or a smart charging station that monitors usage. If you can charge a fee, there are multiple business models to consider that allow facility managers to recoup the capital cost of the investment, pay for maintenance and administration and/or reap an ROI over time.
Answers by John Kalb, founder, EV Charging Pros. EVChargingPros has been providing vendor independent consulting services nationwide to property owners and facility managers since 2012. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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