The growing popularity of electric vehicles in Ontario has prompted many condo associations in the province to consider the possibility of installing EV charging stations service facilities in their properties. Requests from residents are just one of the reasons that condo management teams are looking closely at this idea: other reasons include the chance to enhance the environmental credentials of the condos they are managing, the opportunity to attract eco-friendly residents who will be keen to help introduce other environmentally friendly condo policies, adding value to the properties in question and ensuring compliance with federal and provincial green directives.
If you are part of a condo management team in this part of Canada and you would like to find out more about the process of installing EV chargers, the information below is a great place to start.
Condo EV Charger Installation Advice from Your Local Experts
There are a number of things you need to consider when looking into the possibility of installing an electric vehicle charger in your condo, some of the most important of which we have listed below for your convenience. The order in which you consider these factors may vary slightly but our list is ordered to reflect the most common approach to new installations.
Choosing the Best Type of Charger For Your Needs and Those of Your Residents
The first thing you should consider when you are researching a new charger installation project, or trying to get started in earnest, is what type of charger will be best suited to your residents needs and to the type of property that you are managing. Condo installations can be broken down into two broad types: communal charging stations that can be accessed by all residents on a pay-as-you-go basis and individual stations in assigned parking spaces, whose installation is normally funded by the residents that wish to have one. Within these two groups, there are different styles and types of charging stations but it is not necessary to confuse yourself with technical details at this early stage.
Once you have decided on a basic type of charger installation, you can call us, or another reputable EV charger specialist in Ontario, to discuss the specific options and features you will need, and to learn about the range of makes and models currently available.
Deciding on the Right Location
If you choose to go with a communal charging station rather than individual stations for each resident who wants one, you will now need to decide on a location. If you wish to ask our team of experts for objective Condo EV Charging stations Installation Advice, you are, of course, welcome to call at any time. If you decide to use another supplier, make sure that they conduct a comprehensive survey of the proposed site before providing you with a quotation. Sometimes, the nature of the site where a charging station is to be installed may make the installation process a little more complicated so it is important to ensure that your supplier and installation team are aware of any special factors that need to be taken into account when preparing a quotation for your consideration.
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Calculating Installation Time
Whilst professional installers will always make sure that any disruption to residents of your condo is kept to an absolute minimum, it may well be necessary to make alternative parking arrangements for a percentage of car owners living in your building, until the installation work has been completed. Whether you take advantage of our independent and objective Condo EV Charger Installation Advice or decide to deal with another team of experienced professionals in the area, you should be able to look forward to a relatively hassle-free installation process, from start to finish.
Thinking about Maintenance Schedule and Pricing
An important point to consider when choosing a new EV charger solution for a condo in Ontario is who you are going to hire to maintain the equipment, how much they will charge and who is going to pay for their services. Whilst most systems are low maintenance, they do need checking over on a regular basis and the costs for service and repair work need to be factored into your overall budget for EV charger stations. All reputable suppliers will be able to help you get in touch with capable maintenance teams in the area if they do not carry out such work themselves.
Taking Advantage of the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program
Created by the provincial government in Ontario in 2013, the EV charging incentive program is designed to encourage new installations by offering commercial and residential adopters a rebate on their purchase and installation costs. You could receive a rebate of up to $1,000, depending on the type of installation you are planning, so it is well worth finding out what you might be entitled to before making your final choice. If you decide to source your equipment from us and take advantage of our installation services, we can complete all the necessary paperwork on your behalf and make sure you receive the full amount to which you are entitled. As part of our Condo EV Charger Installation Advice service, we will help you to choose a solution that enables you to take advantage of all the assistance on offer.
Obtaining an Inspection Certificate
Once you have chosen a suitable charging station solution and it has been installed, you will need to have it inspected by a qualified electrician who will furnish you with a certificate of compliance, assuming the inspection doses not uncover any issues with your new installation. As the certificate must be submitted with your application for an EV charging station rebate in Ontario, you need to make sure this step is completed in a timely manner. We can arrange for your new EV charging installation to be inspected and obtain the certificate once the inspection has been successfully completed.
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Making Sure You Can Track Future Energy Usage
To ensure that communal charging stations are self-financing and that individual station owners pay for all the electricity they use, you need to have a way to accurately track the energy usage of each station. A fully featured EV charger solution will make it easy to accomplish this task and will ensure that all the electricity being consumed is paid for by the car owners who are consuming it. When providing local customers with our expert Condo EV Charger Installation Advice, we always recommend choosing a solution with the necessary features to track energy usage throughout the lifespan of each station.
Planning for Future Expansion of Your EV Charging Facilities
Unless you are going to install stations for every single resident, you may need to consider the possibility that your EV solution will need expanding at some point in the future, to meet the growing need for charging stations that new EV owners will create. Important factors to take into account when planning for future expansion include the amount of available space in your condo, the budget you anticipate having access to and how easy it will be to install new stations alongside those you already have. This last factor will depend mainly on the nature of the space in which the existing stations are located and the makes and models that you choose to acquire. If you feel that you will need to expand your charging solution sooner rather than later, we will help you to choose equipment and a location that make this process as easy and economical as possible.
There may well be other things you need to consider before you finalize the installation plans for your new EV charging stations but those we have listed above are common to all new installations and will help you to ensure that your project gets off to a good start. If you think that you may need to apply for a building permit in order to install your EV solution, we can, of course, assist you with this process, making sure that all the necessary documentation is completed and submitted well before the installation work is due to commence.
EVSE Regulations for New Buildings
In addition to providing state-of-the-art charging solutions and professional advice to associations that wish to install electric vehicle chargers in existing buildings, we can help developers of new sites to ensure their properties comply with the latest EVSE regulations in Ontario. These regulations stipulate that new structures must provide EV chargers for up to 20% of on-site parking spaces and that all remaining spaces should be designed in such a way as to make it easy to install new stations for them in the future.
Whether you require Condo EV Charger Installation Advice for an existing condo or for a new development that is still at the planning stages, we would be delighted to provide you with all the help and assistance you need. For further information and to request your free, no-obligation quotation, please feel free to call or email us whenever you wish.