2. Charging and parking are very similar
Charging a car takes a lot longer than topping up its fuel tank. Regular chargers, drawing power straight from the grid, typically take 8 hours to fully charge a car, and even ultra-fast, level 3, DC charges require about 30 minutes. For a charge point operator, any charging point is essentially a parking space – either serving drivers who have a point of interest they need to reach in the area or drivers that need something to do while waiting for their car to charge.
Understanding available points of interest, and the average length of stay is crucial for optimal planning of charger type mix.