Thinking about installing EVSE in your multifamily residence? The first step to choosing a charger is understanding the various types and business models available. 80-90% of charging takes place at home, making it essential for multifamily communities to provide charging options to those who not only drive electric vehicles but also for those who would like to drive an EV. When researching EV charging for multifamily dwellings, the below items should be considered and discussed with your EV charging provider, or Blink representative.
Why Would a Multifamily Home, Apartment, or Condo Want to Install EVSE?
According to EV Safe Charge, the installation of EV chargers can increase property value, attract eco-conscious residents, send a message to the community about going green, all while providing a sought-after amenity for residents. EV charging stations also provide potential LEED points to the building looking to become LEED certified. With all the benefits of installing EV chargers at Blink’s turnkey solutions, the only real decision is how many chargers your community needs. The good news is we have a guide for that also.
What Kind of Charger Do I Want to Install?
Multifamily units, apartments, and condos will want to utilize a smart, networked Level 2 charger for several reasons. First, a Level 1 charger does not provide sufficient electricity for multiple users. Essentially a Level 1 charger is a wall outlet that will not only provide a slow charge. Level 1 charging also lacks network connectivity; therefore, the cost of electricity used with the charged will add to your community’s public area electricity bill. The lack of control over who is charging on a Level 1 charger is one of the most significant reasons not to choose this charging station.
For success with multifamily residence charging you should install a networked, Level 2 chargers that is networked. In practical terms, this means that you can control the usage of the EV charging stations, which allows the property to charge individual users to pay for the electricity they consume. As most multifamily buildings cannot subsidize electricity for residents, this is the only solution that allows your community to provide the EV chargers as an amenity.
Why Do I Need a Networked Charger?
Networked chargers allow owners to be in control of who uses the charger, when, where, and how much electricity they can use.
Multifamily dwellings that wish to have the electricity that is used by the EV charger reimbursed or passed on through the EV driver users will need a networked charger. These chargers can charge individual EV drivers for the electricity they consume on the unit. Only networked chargers can be set up to take payment. If the charger were not networked, the electricity charges would be passed on to everyone who lives in the building, regardless of whether they drive an EV and use the charger or not.
Installing a Level 2 Charger
One of the primary considerations when installing an EV charger is the cost of the installation. Frequently the installation costs can equal more than the cost of the EV charging equipment itself. Discussing the installation well in advance with your EV charger provider can help mitigate expensive installation costs. For example, working with a Blink representative and your electrician, you can discuss valuable cost-saving tips, including where to place the charger to minimize the electric run feeding the units.
Another consideration for installing networked Level 2 chargers is whether they can share one 240 amp breaker. Although each Blink IQ 200 is optimized 100 amps, providing up to 65 miles of charge per hour, they do not necessarily need a 100 amp circuit. Blink units can utilize local load management, and advanced installation technique that allows for up to twenty chargers to share one 100 amp circuit. This installation option is perfect for multifamily buildings, significantly reducing installation costs for multiple EV chargers. This installation configuration is ideal for multifamily residences allowing several cars to charge overnight on a single circuit.
The Blink Advantage
Blink is distinguished by our networked chargers, which provide owners with such advantages as controlling who can use the charger, setting hours of operation, payment choices, and even give reports on how often the charger is used and when. Blink’s next-generation fast chargers have also been approved by the UL for instant installation and use and provide local load management to help offset expensive install costs for multiple units.
The prospect of installing EVSE can seem daunting. Still, installation and use is often an easy process, especially when a proven EV charging network has your back. If you’d like to learn more, please contact a Blink representative today!