A large percentage of EV owners are also homeowners who charge their electric vehicles at home. It’s easy, and it’s convenient. However, what about the rest of the EV drivers out there? As EVs become more mainstream, more and more renters are going electric. What are their options for EV charging at their apartment or condo? Can they charge at home? Does it make sense for multi-family buildings to install EV charging stations? Let’s dive in and take a look at these questions and more!
Bottom Line Benefits
EV chargers are good for the bottom line. This is true in a few ways. First, EV charging stations attract and retain residents. As more people go electric, more and more apartment dwellers need at-home charging solutions. Many EV owners are willing to reject otherwise perfect apartments or condos on that criterion alone. Second, charging stations improve property values overall. State and local governments are consistently adding right-to-charge laws that require property owners to give residents access to charging solutions. The value of any property missing those necessary stations will surely drop. Finally, with the right charging management software, managers can easily monetize stations to cover their costs and, depending on the manager, even start turning a profit!
Noodoe EV OS is a cloud-based operating system integrated into every EV charger we sell. It runs the whole show and offers a wide array of solutions tailored to specific business needs. Because of Noodoe EV OS, apartment charging stations can be easy to set up, manage, and monetize. Making money from (or even just paying for) apartment or condo EV chargers usage can be a hassle for any site without a user management system. Thankfully, Noodoe EV OS has two that are perfect for multi-unit homes. Not only are they simple for everyone involved, but they also solve the problem some apartments have when there aren’t assigned parking spaces for the new EV chargers.
These are similar to prepaid phone cards. The user purchases a certain dollar amount of charging to use as quickly or slowly as they like. This gives drivers the flexibility to charge at home or out and about and only pay for their actual usage.
Noodoe generates a number of unique codes and delivers them to the charging station manager. These can then be sold to residents for an amount determined by the manager. But what about from the driver’s perspective? It’s easy for them, too. All the driver has to do is scan the code into the Noodoe App to bind the money to their account. That phone then becomes the driver’s prepaid charging card. They simply use that account to charge up their vehicle until the card runs out of money. Then, they can buy another! Anyone with a charging code can charge, and the manager doesn’t have to track which account to charge an extra electrical fee to at the end of the month.
If drivers would rather be billed after the fact, Noodoe can also provide unique codes that create residential charging members. Membership lives in the Noodoe app, which drivers then use to start their charging sessions. Apartment management can then track each membership month-by-month to see total monthly electrical usage from EV charging stations.
Using the Noodoe EV OS management console, the building’s accounting department can download transaction records covering every charging session from the month. Each transaction record will list all the information needed for management to personally process end-of-the-month billing.
Choosing a Charger
After deciding to install EV charging stations, there are two big questions to consider for multi-family properties. The first is what kind of charger you want. That means knowing the available power capacity and the kilowattage you’re looking for. The second is how you’re going to mount the charger. Unless you purchase a freestanding charging station, every charger needs a mounting plan.
Thankfully, most EV charging happens overnight. Most residents expect to be able to plug in their vehicle and leave it for hours on end. As long as it’s ready to go by the time they need to leave next, everything is fine. This is good news for apartment and condo managers because there is no need to install expensive DC charging units. AC stations will work just fine! They’re smaller and cheaper to install, so you can also install many more of them with the same budget!
This depends greatly on where the station will reside. Does the local architecture offer easy mounting solutions? This often happens when EV charging stations are placed on a wall inside an apartment’s parking garage or on rooftop parking. Another easy option is to mount the charging station on an interior pillar if it’s available. If none of these are options, any mountable charger can also be installed on a pedestal. Chargers can either be single- or double-mounted on the Noodoe EV pedestal (which comes in both standard and ADA-compliant heights).
Rebate-based EV Charger installation
Finally, it’s important for all residential managers to know that there may be rebates available to offset the purchase and installation of EV charging stations. If you happen to be in the US, these rebates are available across the country, and Noodoe knows how to help! Reach out to us, and our EV charging specialists will help you take the best advantage of the opportunities in your area.
The Bottom Line
EV charging infrastructure has become more than just a perk for many residences around the US and the world. As governments throw themselves behind supporting widespread electrification, they’re going to become a requirement. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to set yourself out from the pack now while also getting ready for those new EV driving residents who are sure to be coming your way?