It’s becoming more common. Every day we are receiving inquiries from people making a deposit on a Tesla or other upcoming EVs (Kia Niro, i-Pace, Hyundai Kona, Chevy Bolt, and others) asking -what are the steps I need to take towards getting EV charging infrastructure into my multi-unit residential building (MURB).
Unlike a single unit dwelling - planning, procuring and installing EV charging infrastructure in a MURB/Strata building isn’t quite as easy. Often unexpected issues arise that require diligent consideration before the first EV charging stations can be installed.
Although we suggest contacting the building's property manager first, to help guide you, we have put together a list of questions that will help determine the type of EV charging system required for your MURB/Strata facility.
1- What's the amount of electricity available on the existing electrical infrastructure?
2- What's the amount of EV chargers needed now and expected within the next 5-10 years?
3- What type of power management system is right for you?
4- Should we take an Open Charging Point Protocol (OCPP) or proprietary approach if a network option is chosen?
5- Will the EV charging stations be available for public use in visitor parking stalls? Or only be available for residents in private parking stalls?
There is no product that will do it all; therefore, it is essential that every Strata collaboratively co-designs a system that is adequate in meeting not only the requirements of today but is also flexible enough to meet the needs in the coming 5-10 years. An OCPP approach will allow enough freedom to choose different products as they arise, alleviate contention with neighbours, and mitigate costly retrofits down the road to ensure the greatest return on your investment.
- Maxime Charron, LeadingAhead Energy Inc.