Installing Level-2 EV Charging Stations: Key Considerations for Businesses

Level-2 EV charging stations represent a significant portion of the global EV infrastructure, offering a balance between charging speed, energy efficiency, and cost savings. However, determining if Level 2 stations are the right fit for your business involves understanding several critical factors. PISO is at the forefront of assisting businesses in making informed decisions regarding EV charging solutions. Here’s what you need to know.

Understanding AC and DC Currents

The efficiency of Level 2 chargers is rooted in the type of electrical current they use. Level-2 chargers utilize alternating current (AC), the standard form of electricity for most commercial and residential buildings. This compatibility often eliminates the need for extensive electrical upgrades, making Level 2 stations practical, convenient, and cost-efficient for many businesses.

In contrast, batteries in EVs store direct current, named after its straight-line power flow. DC electricity is used within the power circuitry of electronic devices, powering them directly. When an electric vehicle is plugged into a Level 2 EV charging station, it receives AC power, which is then converted to DC electricity for use within the car by its onboard converter. Electric vehicles undergo a power conversion process when charging with a Level 2 EV charger that EVs using DC fast charging chargers do not have to undergo, leading to longer charge times for a Level 2 charger.

Charging Speed and Usage Patterns

Level 2 stations typically offer 12-30 miles of range per hour of charging, with full charges achieved in approximately 6-12 hours. This charging pace makes them ideal for locations where vehicles can be parked for extended periods, such as workplaces, multi-family residences, and some retail environments.

Demographic and Dwelling Time

The target demographic and their expected dwell time at your location are crucial in deciding to install Level-2 charging stations. Workplaces, business parks, and retail centers where visitors stay for hours are prime candidates. Conversely, locations like grocery stores or businesses requiring rapid vehicle turnover may find Level-2 charging less suitable.

Level-2 stations are often the obvious choice for workplaces and business parks because employees are already parked for at least 8 hours per day. In most cases, it wouldn’t make sense for a workplace to spend more money installing a DCFC charging station when quick charge times are not necessary. For a large retail park or mall Level 2 charging stations may be a good option because customers tend to spend at least a couple of hours shopping and or eating, and if they know they need a bit more time to finish charging they may decide to linger a bit longer and in turn spend more money.

On the other hand, Level 2 would not make sense for a business like a grocery or convenience store where customers are in and out in under an hour. Similarly, businesses with heavy-duty fleets that need to be running around the clock would not want to take 8-12 hours just to charge one vehicle.

Cost Considerations

The cost of Level-2 charging stations is substantially lower than DC fast charging options, making them a cost-effective solution for many businesses. With prices ranging from $800 to $7,000 per station, Level-2 chargers are much more accessible compared to DCFC stations with pricing ranging from $30,000 and $200,000. We know EV charging is a big investment and decision; PISO supports businesses through the funding process, identifying potential grants

Compliance and Permitting

Adhering to local fire and building codes and obtaining the necessary permits is a non-negotiable part of installing EV charging infrastructure. Compliance ensures safety and legality, preventing potential fines and operational disruptions. PISO’s team assists customers through this complex process, ensuring every project meets local regulations and codes, and all permits are acquired.


Installing Level-2 EV charging stations is a strategic decision that can enhance your business’s appeal to EV owners, contribute to sustainability goals, and potentially create a new revenue stream. However, it requires careful consideration of your needs, customer behaviors, and regulatory compliance. With PISO’s expertise, businesses can navigate the installation process smoothly, ensuring that their investment in EV charging infrastructure is both beneficial and compliant.
For businesses contemplating the integration of EV charging solutions, understanding these considerations is the first step toward making an informed decision that aligns with both operational objectives and sustainability commitments.

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