Ross Hyland is growing Lark Electric, LLC again. This time, he is helping Owensboro become greener by installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at residential and business locations.
“We have seen more requests for them,” he said. “And more are starting to pop up.”
Home chargers are usually 120 volts because it charges at a much slower rate — 3-5 miles per hour.
“We have been working with businesses on installing level two and three chargers,” Hyland said of the ones that charge more quickly.
Don Moore Hyundai recently installed two 480-volt ChargePoint chargers to support Hyundai’s new IONIQ electric cars.
“Those offer significantly faster charging,” Hyland said.
As the cost of electric vehicles drops, putting in the electrical charging needs becomes more affordable – especially with the fluctuation of recent gas prices.
Lark Electric helps with the design and implementation of the larger setups and also prides itself on offering the same service to resident installations.
Hyland said that businesses are becoming interested in putting EV charging stations in shopping centers, which would allow people who are traveling through Owensboro to use it as a charging destination while also shopping locally.
“It’s a good thing for Owensboro, I think,” he said, adding that many GPS systems show electric vehicles where charging locations are as they drive.
As a design-build electrical firm Hyland purchased in 2020, Lark Electric has expanded into Lexington and Bowling Green. It also offers security camera installations as well as audio-visual electrical needs.
“We provide a competitive service to homes and buildings to see if it can handle the necessary charging system,” Hyland said. “We do a complete analysis and provide a list of options.”
Services range from “a couple hundred” dollars to $1,000 on average.
“We don’t want to talk someone into what they don’t need,” he said. “Switching to an electric vehicle, you need to have something on the return for your investment.”
Hyland said interested parties can contact Lark Electric at 270-683-4242 and clients can live anywhere in the state.
“We run techs across the state and can talk you through the process,” Hyland said.