Charging Your Electric Car At The Airport? There Are 64 Spots At Peachy Parking

MAR 7 2015 BY MICHAEL BEINENSON 25

Peachy Parking

Peachy Parking

That is not a typo. There are really 64 charging spots to charge your electric car.

When Peachy Airport Parking first opened its doors, the site only had about 6 charging spots. Through the work of local EV community, Peachy upgraded its facility and soon after we reported the location as the 2nd largest EV parking facility in the world.  Perhaps now Peachy holds the title of the largest private airport parking EV facility in the world?

Each charging spot is supplied by a dedicated circuit to make sure there is uninterrupted power. All outlets are marked with special green covers to let customers know where to plug. The EV spots feature dedicated signage and are protected by a cone to make sure no ICEing occurs.

New Service Wiring

New Service Wiring

Helen Mouat, the General Manager of Peachy, says it is very common for all the spots to be occupied, especially during the week as business travelers drive to the airport and leave their cars for a good 110v soak. Sometimes Peachy gets a call from a customer that their vehicle got unplugged says Helen, and we kindly walk to their vehicle to make sure all is good.

With Georgia’s growth in EV ownership, having a facility like Peachy makes perfect sense and the supply of EV charging spots must meet the demand.  Who knows, we might be writing another follow-up article a year from now with perhaps 100 spots?

Share with us how you charge your EV at the airport.

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25 Comments on "Charging Your Electric Car At The Airport? There Are 64 Spots At Peachy Parking"

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I like the cones they used!

+1!

+1!

D’oh!

+1 😉

During Southern Co’s investor call, they mentioned Porsche’s new Atlanta headquarters was among the reasons to expect electric load growth. Mercedes also just located (~800 employees) at their new Atlanta headquarters. They’re not so “Peachy” about EVs, yet, but I’d suspect some interesting patrons in the future.

Gratz to Peachy Airport

Wow! This is amazing!

Ditto on the cones – great idea. At other locales, those could be the narrower, stick-type construction cones – better glued or bolted down as not to be stolen.

Just a tip to the author: A location like “Atlanta” at the top, or: -“…at Peachy Parking near the Atlanta Airport…” would set the location for those of us who have no idea where Peachy Parking is located. I had to read through the article to later see Georgia as where it was. I had a clue, though – as Georgia has lots of Peaches, and EVs…:)

+1. I had to google it to figure out where it was.

For sure it’s a southern thang. More specifically southeastern. https://search.yahoo.com/search?p=eat+a+peach+album+cover&fr=dss_yset_chr

L1 charging (as can be seen from that main panel) does the job.

SFO long term parking needs more. Often filled up.

Assuming a 100 amp feeder, they have 12 breakers tripped of the 21, 2 actually off, and 7 on.

So 1/3 of the circuits working. Unless they took a picture before overything was tuned on and this is a very early picture.

Its always interesting to me that these guys don’t do anything to consolidate neutrals (contrary to popular opinion, the chargers inside the cars are Linear Loads), and they end up with twice as much voltage drop as need be, which is especially important at 120 since my Volt will kick out on 12 amps after a few minutes, and my Roadster will not charge at the 15 amp setting if there is too much pressure drop.

This always seems to happen on 120Y/208 circuits. Now 277Y/480 circuits are typically really overwired, and here Pressure drop is much less of a concern ’cause the copper or aluminum is so relatively cheap.

Signage is very important. I’ve gone nuts looking for the spots sometimes.

Plus the signs are probably even more important for the non EV drivers. Let them know what they are missing.

How about some “signage” in the title or article which says which airport they are talking about!?!?!

However, I think L2 chargers at airports are overkill. L1 charging should be fine, let’s have 100 of them per airport.

The Denver Airport, and Salt Lake City, I believe, also have L1 airport parking, which is charging perfectly scaled to need. L2 charging is wasted, unless it’s in an hourly parking garage.

The Denver Airport also has retractable cords that stay neat when not in use, very pretty!

BWI, on the other hand, and Reagan (DCA), have L2 and are often full of cars done charging, taking up spaces, as you can see on Plugshare.

Denver just needs a lot more spots. A handful in the east garage, a handful in the west. Invariable occupied by 7 am Monday morning and kept occupied until Friday, usually by Volts.

ParkSFO provides EV charging in their valet parking area. You just tell the valets when you are returning and they make sure your car is charged by that time. Valet parking is indoor and costs $19/day. I don’t know how many EVSEs they have but using this method you need a LOT fewer.

Yeah if they use the customer’s charging cord, they need exactly ZERO evse’s.

“New Service Wiring”..

Hummmmm I wonder what 21 – 20 amp 120 volt circuits, only 1/3 of them energised, is supposed to signify. From the arrangement, it is *NOT* the main service to the building, but merely a sub feed panel.

So is this just a pretty picture for the uninitiated who have never seen a loadcenter, or, Are we readers supposed to assume they get 64 cars charging all at once off of 21 circuits?

No wonder half the breakers are tripped!!!

Its a neatly wired panel, however the conductor heating (assuming #12 AWG) appears to be leaving through only one or two pipes – hard to tell since the picture is cropped. In any event its a good thing, since they don’t get any ‘neutral cancellation’ until the feeder to the panel, (see my post above) the limitation of the circuits is at best 12 amps (40 % of the 30 amp rating of the wiring).

So plugging in my Tesla Roadster at 15 amps would make the thing fail inspection. Or the 20 amp breakers used also make the thing fail. 15 would be legal for car charging in this context. The electrical contractor could argue these are 12 amp ‘continuous duty circuits’ IF they used 15 amp breakers.

But as I say, its unknown precisely how many cars, if any, this panelboard serves. I’d think the electrical inspector, if any, would be concerned about overheated wires.

Now, if on the other hand, the wiring left through 4 pipes (which could be, seeing as the number of equipment grounds), then it would be almost legal, due to the insulation of the wiring in the 4 separate pipes now being rated for 21 amps, except around here :

1). Tie wraps aren’t considered a ‘permanent clamping device’, since they get brittle and fail – besides the sharp corners tend to pierce any wiring laid on top of them in the future.

2). Those interior wires of the whites will form a ‘glob’ with heavy loading, in this case ok, since the shorted out wires all go to the same place. The colored wires they wisely left unbundled so they can ‘breathe’.

Oops. Sorry I was being too optimistic. There are 12 current carrying wires in 3 of the 4 pipes, necessitating its current carrying rating to be 15 amps. The job then could only pass inspection (assuming 4 pipes – the maximum the picture allows since there are only 4 ground wires) if the 20 amp breakers were changed out to 15.

I keep going back to the photo: Apparently at least one of the ‘four’ pipes leaving the panel has #10’s, probably smart to minimize pressure drop to the most distant outlets. But there’s at least one of the 4 pipes out of compliance since those are no bigger than #12’s.

Seems a little inefficient to leave your car plugged in for an entire week, even if most of the wiring is only 120V. Why not have the lot staff move cars around as needed?

Well, as others have said, if they run out of plugs they can have the Valets move them around. But $100 for a bit of real estate for the week and a single 110 outlet? Seems like a good business plan to me.

Of course if there are any roadsters plugged in, and if this was a cold environment , like by me, the cars would have to remain plugged in if the garage was unheated.