Peter Basso Associates: Your Partner for Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions

Jan 10, 2022 11:09:06 AM

As we move toward an electrification of our vehicle infrastructure, Peter Basso Associates is here to be your partner in determining your needs. We’ll work with you to design a system that makes sense for your specific facility.

We work with you to “right-size” your charging needs:

Every facility is different. Whether you are new to the world of electric vehicles (EV’s) or an early adopter, we can help you plan for you needs today and your needs in the future. We’ll walk you through decisions such as:

  • Do you need Level 2 systems, DC Fast Charge (DCFC), or a mix of both? What is the right mix?
  • What type of users do you have, and what charging speeds are needed?
  • Do you have enough power at your facility?
  • Are there utility incentives to help with costs?
  • Is there a payback on charging users a fee for using the equipment? Do I need to restrict access to the equipment?
  • How do you plan for adding more equipment in the future as adoption increases?

Let us guide you through the choices and systems to arrive at a solution that minimizes the electrical distribution costs and maximizes the charging opportunities for your facility.

Utility incentives:

DTE Energy incentives are full for 2021 and 2022, but Consumers Energy electrical customers can still get rebates for the installation of Level 2 and DCFC Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE).

For Consumers Energy:

  • Up to $5,000 for a Level 2 station (minimum of 1 port, limited to 200 total rebates for the program) and
  • Up to $70,000 for a DCFC (minimum of 1 port, limited to 70 total rebates for the program).

https://www.consumersenergy.com/residential/programs-and-services/electric-vehicles/powermidrive

For DTE (currently full, but accepting a waitlist):

  • A credit of $2,500 per port incentive for Level 2 charging equipment installation using listed Level 2 chargers (Level 2 chargers that comply and do not take credit cards are available for as little as $550. A minimum of 4 ports and a maximum of 20 are available per site) and
  • A credit of $20,000 per port for DCFC stations. (A minimum of 2 are required, up to a maximum of 20).

https://newlook.dteenergy.com/wps/wcm/connect/dte-web/home/service-request/business/electric/electric-vehicles/pev-biz-charge-frwd

Let PBA be your Partner

Peter Basso Associates has experience on multiple projects with design of Level 2 and DCFC EVSE as part of new construction and renovation work. We will walk you through options that fit your needs. In addition to our experience with EVSE equipment, we are power system specialists and can help you understand the full impact of implementing a EVSE installation. As consultants, we do not represent any equipment manufacturer or the utility. We partner with you to offer our professional services to assist you in developing a solution that meets your specific need and budget.

The plug-in electric vehicle market continues to increase and is approaching 2 percent of new car sales. There’s no better time to consider adding these amenities to your site, particularly while utility companies are willing to reimburse you for a significant portion of the installation cost.

About the Author

Eric Graettinger, PE, LEED AP BD+C is a Vice President with Peter Basso Associates. He has nearly 5 years of ownership experience of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and the associated personal experience of using public and home EVSE equipment.

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