Video: EV Charging in Condos: EV Charger Stations

Condominiums like One Bedford are getting EV-ready by installing the necessary charging infrastructure. In this segment we will take a closer look at a typical EV charger set-up in a parking space.

Powered on a 40-amp breaker with a 32-amp feed at 7.2 kWh. Most EV chargers have a standard J1772 connection that requires an adaptor for Teslas. However, in this example the charger has been manufactured to connect with a Tesla already.

Some of the highlights of this charging station include:

  • Power-sharing
  • The maximum number of chargers per-panel is 8, but that can be extended using networked communication in the back-end. The chargers can talk with each other to share the charge, which can stretch the infrastructure to serve 2 or 2.5 times more people.

  • Tap-card authentication
  • Residents use their own unique/personalized tap-card, providing a level of security and guaranteeing that charges are only for that resident.

    “The charger is now talking to the back end and we are getting billing information. This resident is going to pay a flat fee every month for the access to this system, and they’re going to be charged for the energy. The energy cost itself will be returned to the condominium corporation.”
    Mark Marmer – President, Signature Electric

  • Cord management
  • Cords/cables can be kept on a hook or wrapped around the EV charger. Residents will usually take care of their own cord but when it comes to communal charging then cord management is practical.

Perhaps the best of all is that this system is really hands-off for the property manager. Other than tracking some bank deposits, managers can rely on the users and the technology to handle things. A very appealing notion.

In our last video, we will head down to P4 and talk about why having an EV Management Policy is a crucial element to success.