Largo's new EV Readiness Ordinance requires <ordinance data/chart>. 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.
Common Station Features
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.
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!
- 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.