Whereas others signal whiny letters to the president, Georgia’s largest Ford dealership installs EV chargers and photo voltaic panels


For auto dealerships, including EVs to their choices requires some effort—and a few substantial money outlay. Automakers together with Ford and GM are giving their sellers a alternative—make the mandatory investments in coaching and charging infrastructure, or don’t promote EVs.

Akins Ford in Winder, Georgia, the biggest dealership by quantity within the state (as reported by Georgia Public Broadcasting) has apparently chosen to embrace the longer term, and is putting in not solely 19 new EV chargers, however photo voltaic panels as properly.

New York-based Cost Enterprises might be overseeing the set up. The corporate’s CEO, Paul Williams, mentioned the undertaking initially included solely chargers, however rapidly expanded. “Akins Ford requested us to do a feasibility undertaking for them, which has now become a full-blown undertaking to put in about 450 kW of rooftop photo voltaic that can generate energy for the following 30 years.”

The 2 tasks are designed to assist one another. “We will cost six automobiles concurrently,” Williams mentioned. “So there’ll be six parking areas and so they’ll be coated with photo voltaic panels above.”

Six of the chargers might be for public use, and the remaining 13 might be utilized by the dealership for service and upkeep.

No, Akins Ford was not among the many sellers that signed an open letter to President Biden, futilely asking him to “faucet the brakes” on federal EV insurance policies.

Over the following few years, 1000’s of dealerships might be putting in EV charging infrastructure, and that represents an enormous alternative for corporations like Cost Enterprises (and Envirospark, which has signed on to put in 432 DC quick charging stations for Ford and Lincoln dealerships in 9 states).

Supply: Georgia Public Broadcasting


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