SageBrush wrote:Looks like a good start, although two charging spots per location is short-sighted and they better have a maintenance plan.
While it is expected that all proposals for Tier 1 sites will include 4 DCFC, CEO will consider
proposals that include two DCFC if accompanied by a strong justification. Awarded proposals
that include Tier 1 sites with 2 DCFC will be eligible for up to 80% of equipment and non-labor
project costs of up to $220,000, whichever is lower.
Tier 2 Sites
Station sites designated Tier 2 sites in the tables included within Section 2 are eligible for up
to 90% of equipment and non-labor project costs up to $250,000, whichever is lower, to install
at least 2 DCFC.
The Tier 1 sites are along the interstates, or in the Denver - Boulder Metro area plus Estes Park, which are the major traffic corridors. The interstates will be part of Electrify America's corridor, and IIRR their plan requires a minimum of 4 QCs per site. Two QCs per site along the lesser-traveled U.S. Highways should be fine for a while:
Station sites shall include sufficient real estate for the addition of future DCFC
stations. It is required that there be enough space to double the initial
installed capacity (i.e., Tier 2 sites with two parking spots should have space to
double to four spots in the future as demand for fast-charging increases).
I particularly like these sections of the spec:
a. All proposed station sites must be within one mile from a highway interchange,
though closer proximity of less than 0.5 miles is highly encouraged. Exceptions
may be made for areas without access to sufficient amenities or where access
to 3-phase power is limited. Stations proposed for site locations further than
one mile from a highway interchange must provide a detailed rationale. . . .
a. Station site shall have 24-hour access to the chargers and well-maintained,
illuminated restrooms. The restrooms should be supplied with municipal water
and have a clean, operable drinking fountain. . . .
a. Station sites shall have dusk-to-dawn area lighting and a reasonable level of
public activity. The sites must provide or have access to shelter for inclement
weather. . . .
8. Public Amenities
a. At a minimum, the sites shall supply basic amenities such as vending machines
or fast food.
b. Stations shall have access to Wi-Fi and/or cellular service for customers while
c. Access to full-service amenities within a short walking distance is preferred,
such as local restaurants, retail shopping, or tourist attractions.
9. Charging Equipment Requirements
a. Stations with two DCFC must be capable of providing at least 150 kW charging
for a single vehicle and at least 50 kW simultaneous charging for two vehicles.
b. Stations with four DCFC must be capable of providing at least 150 kW
simultaneous charging for two vehicles and at least 50 kW simultaneous
charging for four vehicles.
c. Stations must be backward compatible to CHAdeMO v0.9 and SAE J1772
Oct2012 or other similar standard to allow model year 2010 or newer DC
charging equipped vehicles to charge at lower kW. . . .
10. Operation and Maintenance. . . .
c. The applicant must address any issues such as, but not limited to, malfunctions
and repairs. The applicant must propose a plan to ensure that the equipment is
operational at least 97% of the time based on a week of 24 hours a day and 7
days (no more than 5 hours’ cumulative downtime in a 7-day period). It is the
applicant’s responsibility to ensure the 97% uptime requirement is met. For
significant or complex issues leading to extended downtime (such as
vandalism), applicants shall:
i. Notify appropriate sources so drivers are aware including, but not
limited to, website and application hosts, as appropriate.
ii. Inform CEO via email within one business day to explain the situation
and management plan to mitigate the problem.
d. Applicant shall include snow removal plan to ensure access during/after
inclement weather. . . .
15. Future Proofing
a. All stations shall be designed in a way that allows for future upgrades to a
charging capacity of at least 350 kW/dispenser through installation of
additional power conversion hardware without replacement of installed
dispensers, electrical distribution, or power conversion hardware.
b. Future-proofing considerations should include total simultaneous charging
power for a station capacity of at least 150 kW/dispenser for future dispenser
c. At a minimum, sites shall have sufficient space that allows for future expansion
to double the initial number of charging stations installed under this
solicitation. This should include access to sufficient real estate.
d. Applicants shall include future-proofing strategies such as larger or additional
concrete pads, transformers and other utility-related equipment, and larger
and/or additional conduit to avoid having additional construction and conduit
costs in the future.
e. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider opportunities for current or
future use of onsite storage, dispatchable load, and renewable energy.
Applicants should speak to these elements in their business pro forma as well
as sustainability and innovation sections of their proposals.