Charging stations are great for events, but many venues are reluctant to install them for fear of money-saving visitors parking their cars so far into the venue that it inconveniences the patrons. The answer: Charge your car at home, and park it in one of the charging stations, so you always have a fully-charged phone on hand to call friends, check messages, and take photos. (Check out How to Charge your Phone Without Electricity)
What is a charging station?
Cities need a dedicated area for charging electric cars, but many venues don’t want to shoulder the financial burden for a dedicated charging station, especially if there’s enough charge in the electric car at the moment. They therefore install a single “pilot” charging station, which will be removed after the event. At first, a charging station is quite an eyesore: it requires a car to be parked on a circuit, which wastes time and energy. The solution: Charge your car in advance so you can park in the pilot stations at the beginning and end of an event. At these pilot stations, you will also be charged for the electricity you use. Once the event is over, a cleaning crew can then remove the pilot stations for safekeeping.
Why you need charging stations
Charging stations are great for events, but many venues are reluctant to install them for fear of money-saving visitors parking their cars so far into the venue that it inconveniences the patrons. The answer: Charge your car at home, and park it in one of the charging stations, so you always have a fully-charged phone on hand to call friends, check messages, and take photos. Why you need charging stations “We need a charging station for Sisler’s Petting Farm and Hogle Zoo events,” said Evonne Mohler. She was talking about the Camas, Washington, event, and considering the 535-mile distance between Camas and downtown Salt Lake City, she really should have thought about charging stations first.
Requirements for charging stations
Charging stations for events need three things: power source, infrastructure, and place to park. To add to your charging station, you will need to install some power outlets at your event. Electricity is the most powerful power source. If you’re adding outlets, you’ll need a professional electrician to install them. If you’re adding charging stations at an event, you’ll need some infrastructure in place. Because these charging stations require electrician services, your electrician will need to install them at the venue. Place it at a central point or at least give them access to power. Here are the other two pieces of infrastructure you need to install at an event. Car charging stations – Most charging stations work with DC and low AC voltages.
Stations for events
They are available all over the place, from carsharing providers like ParkWhiz to charging stations offered by Tesla and Maven. These, for example, are both two-hour charging stations that work well for shared vehicles, and charging stations that give a full charge in 30 minutes, but are pricey. Charging stations at events There are a handful of stations in both these categories, but they are expensive, and many parking lots and areas of street don’t want to install them. The solution: Bring your car to the event, and charge it at one of the high-tech charging stations available. Charging stations on demand These stations are a hybrid: You can either pre-charge your car, and pay for it, or leave it alone and it’ll start charging once you leave.