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Make your charging points visible - Case of Shopping Center Weera

An Electric Vehicle (EV) driver can use our convenient Virta app to find an available charging point, and to navigate to it. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to find the charging point, if it doesn't jump out of the cityscape somehow. Even worse - sometimes an old-school, internal combustion engine (ICE) car has taken up the spot. To help out the EV drivers, make sure to make your charging points stand out.

 

In Lappeenranta, in the South-East of Finland, the shopping center Weera installed a couple of EV charging points in the end of 2016. As a Virta customer, you can find the charging points in the Virta app, in-car maps and with roaming, through third-party services as well. 

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At the Weera shopping center, it was important to make the charging points easy to find and access. Two parking spots were clearly marked for EV's, by being painted in bright colors and by adding signs that forbid ICE's (and non-charging EV's) to park there. 

It is very important to mark public charging points, as they are of no use to EV drivers if they cannot be found. Other than signs and bright paint, the yellow hue of the Virta charging stations is easy to spot.

"Only for EV charging"

When the EV driver has navigated all the way to the charging point and found the properly marked parking spot, there might still be one obstacle on the way: an ICE taking up the whole spot. Because of this common problem, it is recommended to forbid other than charging EV's to park by the charging points.

By using a parking prohibited-sign with a text saying "Only for EV charging" or "EV charging permitted", it is made clear, both for ICE's and non-charging EV's, that the spot is off-limits unless you're charging.

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Download our Public Charging Guide to read more about Virta's public charging stations.

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