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Once everything has been signed off and planning permission is in place, it is time to move into the build phase. Through collaboration with the charge point installer and the local council any TTROS (Temporary Traffic Regulation Order) can be put in place before works start. The next step is to contact the local DNO (Distribution Network Operator) so a point of connection can be agreed and a timeframe can be established.
A well planned site deployment means a site can be built within a ten day window, minimising as much disruption to local residents as possible with each site build going through the following steps:
- Infrastructure is built on the site
- Site is connected to power
- Electricity meter installed
- Charging bays get lined
- Signage in the area is erected
- Chargepoint hardware is installed
- Testing of the equipment
- Site is live
Safety, Maintenance and Reliability
Some chargers are likely to be more popular than others in the early stages, and this will help shape the ongoing rollout of additional chargers in those locations. As usage builds, the demand for chargers is likely to expand, with the need to keep apace of this demand.
Something to consider is that new developments can use EV charging stations to achieve higher LEED levels or other green building certifications.
Site Installed And Becomes Active
Once the site is live it’s important to make sure every site is future proofed and is maintained to a high standard to make sure all future additions to the project go smoothly and the residents of the authority stay on board.
Hardware is something that upgrades every 5 to 10 years so having contingency plans in place to be able to swap charge points out when needed will ensure that your site has continued use going forward. One way to do that is to make sure during the build face a retention socket is added so installations can be done as quickly and efficiently as possible.
There are three different types of maintenance that needs to be carried out on the hardware, these include:
- Planned servicing – This generally happens around a year after the initial install date.
- Reactive Maintenance – Fixing an immediate physical fault with the charger or feedback from end users that something may not be working as it should.
- Emergency Maintenance – If there is a physical fault with the charger can can cause harm to others.
With the Installation of retention sockets any maintenance that causes the charger to need to be swapped out can be done quickly and effectively. This gives residents and end users the confidence that the chargers won’t be down for long if something does happen and they remain trusting in the site.