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Dealers Say No Easy Solution to EV Charger Installation

Washington DC The AIADA Online reported that installing electric vehicle chargers at dealerships is proving to be complicated and costly.

There are problems with utilities and city planning departments. There are different types and numbers of chargers to install, Dealers are finding there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

"The more we dig into this whole shift, it's becoming more and more apparent that it's not cheap. And it's complicated. And it's time-consuming," said Rinaldi Halim, president of Sierra Automotive Group.

While dealers have extensive experience with facility upgrades, the technical nature of installing chargers at commercial scale is often beyond their expertise.

Depending on the age of the building, the proximity and capacity of their current transformer and other factors, dealers must develop custom solutions to meet their brands' requirements, reports Automotive News

Most automakers have outlined EV plans that require dealers to install various numbers of Level 2 and Level 3 chargers at their stores over the next few years.

Compliant Dealers are spending $400,000 to $750,000 to install infrastructure for Level 3 chargers. They are adding transformers, switchgears and panels, a process that typically involves drilling through parking lot pavement or even through a public road or alley, consultants and dealers said. Go to Automotive News for the full story.