What commercial EV charging station is more suitable for business given its not quick payback? Let’s try to figure out how to set up a station and not go bankrupt on subscription fees.

Companies buy and run them in order to provide their consumers with an advantage; nevertheless, they are unlikely to recover the hardware and recurring fees they are charged.

Many people were not convinced that a system like the new Grizzl-E Power Control and Payment Solution could ever be profitable, much less as quickly as Grizzl-E claims. The doubts are justified; commercial charging systems, as we know them today, are not yet profitable.

Ongoing Costs

Running a commercial EV charging station comes with at least two types of ongoing expenses. 

  • The first cost is the fee charged by the firm that sold you the charging system.
  • The second are fixed expenses that would remain the same regardless of which company’s system you choose, such as electricity and, if applicable, internet via WiFi or cellular connections. 

Service plan

The costs of these services are what may significantly raise the cost of one brand’s system versus another. For example, every charging station you buy through ChargePoint must have a network service plan for at least one, two, three, four, or five years which is paid by you on a monthly basis. 

ChargePoint

ChargePoint AC stations offer reliable, versatile charging for multi-family residences, workplaces, and fleets. 

There is also an annual ChargePoint Assure membership fee, in addition to the service plan’s maintenance and management fees.

ChargePoint also has several requirements. To begin using the system, you must first have it validated by the firm. After your own electrician installs the system, ChargePoint will come out to verify it.

Grizzl-E

Grizzl-E is a fee-free solution. In addition to the cost of electricity and connection to the internet, a Grizzl-E system will incur no further expenditures. 

Grizzl-E has chosen a business model that does not charge customers monthly fees for features that should be paid for only once and are included in the hardware’s price.

Grizzl-E provides a three-year warranty on all of its systems, which is standard for air conditioning units. The warranty, like the previous two features, comes with the cost of the hardware for no extra charge.

Now that you’ve had a chance to see the different Grizzl-E models and their features, it’s time to look at the next article in this series. In the next post, we will compare Grizzl-E chargers with other portable electric car chargers on the market. This should help you decide which type of charger is best for your needs.

JuiceNet

JuiceNet isn’t quite as restrictive as ChargePoint when it comes to restricting access. Per year, paying JuiceNet fees adds up to another $1,800. Plus $60 a year for JuiceNet software that lets you use cloud-based charging system controls and reporting. 

Other brands

  • Efacec
  • Tritium
  • EVBox
  • FreeWire
  • ABB
  • Enel X

Initial Costs

The key difference between these two systems is Power Control and the Payment Hub.

The Grizzl-E system includes 

  • 42 individual chargers costing $499 each
  • PCPH costs about $2,000 

The PCPH is a single intelligent controller that manages up to 42 individual chargers and performs tasks such as power flow management, payment management, receipt printing and data storage.

It should be understood that this or that manufacturer, having gained a customer base, can introduce regular payments. Businesses are not immune to this, at least that’s what EV Adept customers are saying.

The individual chargers are also simpler gadgets, similar to Grizzl-E’s household EV charging stations, but with more technology within to communicate with the PCPH. So if you want to create a commercial charging station from Grizzl-E, all you need is one PCPH and as many individual chargers as you require.

The choice is yours

Revolutionary changes are taking place in the commercial charging industry.

Not many public charging stations are built today because businesses and investors know in advance that they will lose money nationally if they install a commercial charging station for electric vehicles.

Some vendors are testing a business model without regular payments, selling reasonable equipment and avoiding customers with endless monthly payments. Time will tell the viability of such companies.