EV Charging Ideas for Multiple Dwelling Units

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Decision making for Property Managers and Condo Board Members

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are increasing in popularity due to their low operating cost, their improved environmental profile compared to traditional internal combustion engine-powered vehicles, their quiet ride and other factors.   In the US and globally, we face the major challenge of providing EV charging solutions at home, work and in the general public for this growing group of drivers. One particular sub-population is facing particular challenges: those EV drivers that live in buildings that house multiple residents who want to charge where they live. Questions are inevitably raised related to who pays for the EV charging infrastructure, especially when there are common costs (e.g. association fees, utilities) and the benefits of installing such EV infrastructure are perceived as benefitting only those who would charge their EVs.

 

The national and global challenge of electrification of transportation in such Multiple Dwelling Unit (MDUs) facilities is substantial. There are 250 million automobiles in the US and as of Spring 2015, 319,000 are EVs[1] and growing.   According to the US Census Bureau, of the 127 million residences in the US (2009), 44% of the households (56 million) live in facilities with 3 or more residential units and 9% (11 million) have more than 20 units. For large metropolitan areas in particular, this means an increasing number of multiple family dwellings whose owners and residents are looking for common sense, cost effective solutions to adding Electric Vehicle charging capacity to these types of facilities.

 

Green Ways 2Go has developed a free report that discusses fair and balanced approaches for installing EV charging infrastructure solutions within MDUs; including options and costs of EV charging and ideas on how stakeholders might share in the responsibilities. These ideas are based on many discussions with MDU board members, owners and property managers and EV drivers living in MDUs. This includes answering key questions, such as:

 

  • What power infrastructure exists and will be needed to meet future demand?
  • How will the EV charging circuit costs be paid?
  • How does the facility predict demand and plan for EV charging power needs near vs. longer term?
  • How will the electricity costs be paid?
  • What EV charging technologies are required?
  • Who will own the EV charging equipment and the electrical power infrastructure?
  • What kind of maintenance is required?

 

For those interested in the report, please check out our Shopping/EV Charging Ideas for MDU Facilities

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plug-in_electric_vehicles_in_the_United_States#cite_ref-Global600K_2-0

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