Business models overview

Investment from private companies is often a driving force when planning and creating charging infrastructure. In order to realize your infrastructure plan, you need to first have a plan or model for attracting the right partners for the job.

1. Business model: why you ought to have one

As you have learned in the previous units, EV charging infrastructure requires significant financial investment. To cover the expenses in the long run, the charging station operator must have a business model!

Without a proper business model to gain a return on investment, it will be hard to attract an investor or even to apply for a bank loan.

This is no longer a chicken-and-egg problem:

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No business model for charging infrastructure

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No charging infrastructure

=> Political incentives are necessary for the build-up of
public charging infrastructure