With more electric vehicles on the road than ever, BC residents are looking for convenient charging options. Savvy building managers are now looking to go green too, and with new rebates available, there’s never been a better time to add multifamily EV chargers to your apartment or condo building!
Electric vehicles are growing more popular each year, especially among the environmentally conscious residents of Vancouver and the rest of BC. Even with the growing popularity of these vehicles, however, it can still be inconvenient to charge using public EV charging stations. Installing multifamily EV chargers is a smart investment for building owners and property managers of multifamily residential buildings, such as apartments and condos. When you add EV chargers to your building, you can enjoy many great benefits, including:
The CleanBC Go Electric Program from BC Hydro aims to encourage EV adoption through a robust set of rebates for not just multifamily EV chargers, but also the electrical upgrades that may be necessary before a building can support EV charging.
Not every building is prepared to support EV charging capabilities. The BC Hydro rebate plan provides for this in a couple of ways. The first is the EV Ready plan rebate, which covers up to 75%, or $3,000, for the costs of consulting with a licensed contractor and creating a professional plan for making a multifamily residential complex “EV Ready.”
The EV Ready infrastructure rebate provides funds for the necessary upgrades outlined in the EV Ready plan, covering up to 50% of costs, up to a maximum of $600 per parking spot and $120,000 for the entire project.
Finally, this program also includes rebates for the purchase and installation of eligible EV chargers for multifamily residential buildings. Those who participated in the EV Ready rebates can receive up to $1,400 per charger (to a maximum of $14,000 per apartment complex), while those who did not can receive up to $2,000 per charger (to a maximum of $14,000).
As electric vehicles have grown more popular, EV charging technology has improved by leaps and bounds. One of the best improvements in this regard has been to the variety of EV chargers available, with more ways to charge now than ever before. This means property managers have more flexibility in terms of how they upgrade their property with multifamily EV chargers.
Rather than having restrictive installation requirements, today’s EV chargers can be installed in just about any location. Whether your building has covered parking (such as carports or garages) or an open parking lot, there are EV charging options to suit either configuration.
EV chargers come in a variety of types, with Level 1 and Level 2 chargers being the most common. Depending on the needs of your residents, either type of charger could serve your residents well. You even have the option of installing Level 2 chargers yourself or creating Level 2-ready areas where residents can have their own Level 2 chargers installed.
Not sure how many residents will use EV chargers? No problem! The EV charging experts at TCA can help you map out an EV charging plan that provides for current needs while allowing for easy expansion down the line.
Since electric vehicles began hitting the highways of BC and the streets of Vancouver, the TCA Electric team has been leading the charge—literally! With countless EV chargers installed for homeowners and commercial property owners alike, we’re well-versed in the unique demands and requirements of these green electrical upgrades. What’s more, we’re constantly staying on top of things when it comes to new advances in EV charging technology.
If you’re ready to add EV chargers to your multifamily residential building, TCA Electric is here to help! From creating an EV charger installation plan to helping you get the most from available rebates and incentives, the TCA team is ready to assist you every step of the way. Contact TCA’s EV charging experts today!
This is unique to every building and situation. The number of possible chargers depends on the site’s infrastructure and the power available, among other factors.
Yes! With proper planning, most public EV charging setups are expandable.
Yes, you can apply for all 3 provincial rebates!
We use a variety of EV chargers for multifamily buildings here at TCA. Common brands include FLO, SWTCH, Tesla, and Grizzl-E. With many models available, we can help you choose the right chargers for your specific needs.
We install open protocol equipment, which means you are never locked into a software or hardware as technology changes. Software and firmware are also automatically updated to keep up with technological advancements.
Yes, individual user accounts can be created and rates can vary from user to user if required.
No; however, administrators can be designated to monitor power usage and change rates. They can also monitor and change user accounts as needed.
The administrator for the account representing strata will have an account set up for them upon installation. EV owners can sign up by scanning the QR code on the charger and downloading the app.
Customers are billed through an app, on a rate set by the building owner or manager. The money is then deposited directly into an account specified by management.
Pricing can be set by management at their preferred rate.
It is less than half the cost to operate an electric vehicle versus a gas vehicle.
A booster may need to be installed in parkade structures if data or Wi-Fi is not reliably available.
Customers will not get billed for the time that the charger was inactive due to a power outage, and they will receive a warning through the app. When power returns, the charger picks up right where it left off.
Yes, most EV charger manufacturers provide full 24-hour support.