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Helical Piles: A Green Solution To Installing Electric Vehicles Charging Stations

Bridge Média - 18 October 2022

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Did you know that you can install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on a helical pile foundation? GoliathTech screw piles offer an excellent solution to make sure your post will never slant. Whether for residential or for commercial purposes, we’re seeing more electric vehicle charging stations everywhere we go. If you’re looking to install one at your place of residence there are a few ways to go about it.

WHY USE HELICAL PILES TO INSTALL EV CHARGING STATIONS?

Helical piles are a perfect match for a green technology (EV charging stations) that’s revolutionizing the automobile industry. That’s because our state-of-the-art screw piles cause minimal impact on the landscape versus concrete, and can be moved to another place (so are reusable) should you need to put your charging station somewhere else. 

If you’re installing your EV charging station in a place that already has landscaping and or paving, a helical pile requires no excavation, which means little disruption to the surrounding area.

This is the opposite of a concrete foundation whereby you need to dig a hole and pour concrete into it. Not only does concrete take more time to install and dry but it’s also not effective in climates where there are freeze-thaw cycles. In these climates, the challenge is to make sure that you go deep enough below the frost line so that your concrete will not heave in the spring. Though with helical piles, since your helix is below the frost line there’s no risk of movement. This means it will say stay steady and not slant! Should you decide to move your EV charging station to another location and you’d put in a concrete foundation, you’d need to dig it up and repour concrete into a new hole. Whereas with helical piles there’s no digging up your footing and no filling holes needed. Instead, you simply remove the helical pile from the ground and install it at another location.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO INSTALL YOUR EV CHARGING STATION?

The most common installation spots we see are the home charging stations being installed directly in the garage or on the side of the house. That’s because the farther away from the home you go, the more costly it will be to route the wires to the charging station. Although having it directly in the garage or in the house isn’t always an option, some people opt to have the charging station installed with a pedestal floor stand.

HOW TO INSTALL AN EV CHARGING STATION

When using a pedestal floor stand the power cable and communication cables run through the ground and up the pedestal pole to the terminals inside the charging point. Using helical piles to support the pedestal is a great option to make sure your charging station will always remain level

You might be asking, but how do I attach the pedestal to the helical pile? GoliathTech offers a variety of custom-made heads to fit the pedestal base plate, no matter the make or model you choose. And don’t forget to make sure there’s a secure area to pass the wires. This is something your electrician is sure to appreciate! To ensure a solid and safe structure, helical piles are the only way to go. Whether you’re looking to install an EV charging station at your personal residence, or if you’re an engineer exploring options for commercial charging stations, think of us! We’d love to help!!

About GoliathTech

Since 2004, GoliathTech has been the most important manufacturer and installer in the helical (screw) pile industry worldwide. Our patented helical pile foundation system surpasses industry standards and has earned us multiple awards and prizes.

Carried out by certified installers, our quick installation process avoids excavation, which protects your landscape and allows you to begin building as soon as the piles are in the ground. Moreover, you can anchor GoliathTech’s helical pile foundations into any soil or space year-round. Installed deep into the ground, beneath the frost line, they solidly support the structure in even the most extreme conditions. Our technology guarantees that a helical (screw) pile foundation won't move or crack over time.

Integrating both strength and know-how, GoliathTech offers the best anchoring solution to support your residential, industrial, commercial, and municipal projects. Trust the experience and expertise of GoliathTech for your foundation projects. Find a certified GoliathTech installer in your region or become a franchisee.