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Should Commercial Real Estate Owners Install Electric Vehicle Chargers?

Kimley-Horn’s Jose Correa Explains Benefits

Cars parked along a road charing their electric cars
Jose Correa, PE

Jose Correa, PE

Electric Vehicle Practice Lead

Presenting to commercial real estate professionals at NAIOP CRE.Converge, Jose Correa said now is the time to prepare for the electric vehicle (EV) revolution. As auto manufacturers from General Motors to Rolls Royce continue to announce new electric models and plans to eliminate tailpipe emissions, there is an increasing need to enhance EV charging infrastructure.

EV charging stations can be a differentiator for shopping centers, malls, retailers, and hotels where drivers see value in charging their vehicle while going about their days.

“An EV driver choosing between two shopping malls or grocery stores will almost always go to the location that provides EV chargers.”

Implementing EV charging stations (EVCS) isn’t as simple as plug and play, so Correa encourages developers to collaborate with utility providers well in advance to plan for building out charging networks.

About the Author

Jose Correa, PE

Jose Correa, PE

Jose Correa is a professional engineer and multidisciplinary consultant at Kimley-Horn with more than five years of experience in land development services. His focus is on speculative and built-to-suit commercial/industrial developments, and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Jose manages several local and national teams that specialize in the planning, design, and permitting of EV charging station infrastructure across the county.


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