Introduction to Electric Vehicle Charging and Driving
PlugIn Stations Online (PISO) provides sales, installation, and service of all levels of electric vehicle charging stations. We offer expert advice before, during, and after the sale to provide our customers with a product that best suits their needs. We offer everything from turnkey installations to equipment-only sales. We work closely with our customers to find the solution that works best for them. We have installed thousands of stations since 2011 and we have thousands of happy customers.
When driving an electric car, drivers rarely run down their entire battery. On a daily basis, drivers will commute to work, run errands, etc., topping up at each stop (if charging is available) and then refreshing the battery each night at home. You will only need to charge your vehicle enough to replace the amount of electricity used that day – less than 100 miles for most drivers. The only time you will need to charge an empty battery to full is on long trips, and luckily fast chargers are going into rest areas across the country.
LEVEL 1 (5–10 RPH)
It is recommended that all EV drivers have access to a home charging station. Most plug-in vehicles ship with a level 1 charger. If that is not the case, PISO proudly stocks and distributes various home charging stations. These chargers plug into a normal household outlet and for most drivers, will be able to fully charge your vehicle overnight.
- Chargepoint Level 2 Home Charger
- ELVI Level 2 Home Charger
- Blink Level 2 Home Charger
Home chargers plug into wall outlets similar to your washer and dryer. These are easy install and carry a long life cycle. Just plug it into your outlet and you are good to go! With Covid causing shipping delays across the country. PISO proudly stocks home stations for our customers. Please reach out for a bulk quote, or visit our online shop now to see our latest product offerings!
Electrical Work: $0 – $1,000 (typically $0)
- Utility incentive programs
- NYS 50% Tax Credit (in New York)
- Federal Tax Incentives
Level 2 Charging
LEVEL 2 (20–25 RPH)
Multifamily, Workplace, School and Commercial Charging
PISO owner, John Doran proudly installed the first Level 2 station in New York state over 10 years ago. Level 2 chargers are most commonly seen in public settings and in multifamily dwellings. PlugIn Stations supplies and installs various brands of level 2 stations. Publicly available chargers can be networked and set to collect payment from drivers for energy used. Level 2 chargers typically charge your vehicle in about 4 hours. These stations are perfect for attracting business and keeping your customers and tenants satisfied! Commonly found at shopping centers, sporting facilities, offices, municipal buildings, and educational facilities.
Please reach out for more information!
Level 2 Charger
Charger: $1,500 – $8,000
Electrical Work: $1,000 – $12,000
- NYS 50% Tax Credit (if in NY)
- Federal Tax Incentive
- Utility Funding-rebates
*Please reach out for details on what your local utility company can provide towards your Level 2 project!
DC Fast Charging (100 –2000 RPH)
Highway Rest Areas and Commercial Charging
DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) are designed to deliver a maximum amount of energy into a car’s battery in as short a time as possible. Most DCFC you see these days will deliver about 200 RPH, but 600 RPH units are being commonly installed now. This means that you can stop at a rest stop for a half-hour or less for lunch and get 300 miles of range to continue your trip. The charging technology exists to deliver 2000 RPH, but these installations are rare at this time because they are costly and most vehicles on the market cannot yet accept that much electricity. PISO has partnered with MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) as well as NFTA (Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority) to develop fast charging for the entire fleet. For more information relating to these projects, check out our blog now under the "Projects" tab!
Charger: $15,000 – $80,000
Electrical Work: $20,000 – $200,000
- Utility incentive programs
- NYS 50% Tax Credit
- Federal tax incentive
- DEC grant for municipalities (until the end of October 2021)
Net Costs: $30,000 – $250,000
PlugIn Stations Supplies, Distributes, Installs and Services almost every brand of EV stations.
From free site visits, to informational support we are here to help! Our team is available for support Monday-Friday during normal business hours. Our non-pushy sales staff is happy to point you in the right direction as well as educate along the way. For more information, please don't hesitate to reach out. We look forward to speaking with you!
PISO provides authorized maintenance and repair services for several major OEMs: ABB, ChargePoint, EVBox, SWTCH, Wallbox, Freewire, Juicebox, Juicebar and more. These services include but are not limited to:
- Remote station troubleshooting.
- On-site diagnostics and repairs.
- Ongoing preventative maintenance.
- Custom service level agreements.