As more electric-vehicle owners demand chargers in their spaces, the cost of installations, administrative hang-ups and the sheer scale of the challenge risk stalling EV adoption by the millions of Canadians currently living in apartments and condos, EV charging and automotive experts say.
It begins and ends with power.
When called out to an apartment or condominium to assess how best to retrofit a parking garage with a bank of electric-vehicle chargers, contractor Signature Electric must first determine how much surplus power the building has at its disposal.
Buildings often have a small amount of excess capacity, said owner Mark Marmer, but far from enough to power a large series of EV chargers. To bridge the gap, he relies on technology that uses the building’s available electricity “as carefully as we possibly can” by governing the amount of power EVs can draw from the building and distributing it between each charger.