Navigating EV Charger Installation: Challenges and Solutions for Multi-Family Properties

When it comes to installing EV charging infrastructure at multifamily properties, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. 

The demand for EV chargers is increasing as more people switch to electric vehicles. EVs are expected to make up as much as 30% of the market by 2030. 

While this is good news for the planet, it becomes a challenge when installing infrastructure in multi-family properties, which can range from townhomes to condominiums and apartments. 

Miller EV Solutions is ready to help you every step of the way and provide potential solutions that save on space, time and budget when installing EV charging stations. 

Challenges Faced by Multi-Family Properties

Limited space

EV charging stations take up space in garages and surface lots — places where space comes at a premium. These spots also tend to be located in areas that have less access to electrical infrastructure to power the charging stations, which increases headaches for property managers and residents with EVs. Placement of these charging stations requires planning and insight to ensure that they are effective. Working closely with a partner that can identify the best location for charging stations will help these stations be used more effectively and efficiently. 

Cost and funding

EV charging stations can be expensive to install and cut into the razor-thin project budgets. Because of this, it can be difficult to secure funding for EV charger installation. Choosing the right partners for the selection and installation of chargers can save time and money down the road. 

Some states and utilities even offer incentives for installing EV chargers and, in some cases, tax credits may also be available. Expect costs to vary by site and project — retrofitting an existing site contains greater constraints than installing chargers on a new site.

Technical considerations

Balancing the charging load is one of the most common technical issues faced during the installation process.  Load balancing techniques, like saving excess energy during low-demand times to be used during peak hours, can save money — and prevent you from overloading your electrical system.

 Another key issue is compatibility between different charging standards. Choosing the right system can prevent you from having to upgrade software or hardware down the road. 

The team members in the leasing office are not likely to be EV charging experts, so making sure the systems run smoothly and intuitively is important for long-term resident satisfaction. After the installation, regular service and maintenance are crucial to ensure the longevity of your EV charging infrastructure. TIP: Set up a maintenance plan during installation ensure you’re ona good schedule from the start. 

Solutions for Multi-Family Properties 

Innovative charging solutions

To manage space more effectively in tight garages or surface lots, consider installing shared charging stations for multiple residents. This saves limited space and makes it easier to manage the stations as well. 

Smart charging stations have software that optimizes charging based on high-demand and low-demand times. These stations help to better manage the electrical load on your building’s system. 

The most common charging systems installed in multi-family housing are Level 2 chargers, which can charge up to 3 to 4 times faster than Level 1 charging stations. 

Miller EV Solutions is hardware and software agnostic. No two sites or clients are the same and often require different solutions. Miller EV Solutions addresses the individuals’ needs and aids in selecting the appropriate equipment and software best suited for the job. This can save on costly upgrades and updates in the future. 

Collaborate with stakeholders

Choosing the right partners can have a major impact on the success of installing your EV charging infrastructure. When possible, get us involved as early as possible and let us assist with coordinating multiple companies. Getting the Miller EV Solutions team involved early allows us to efficiently work with utility companies and service providers during the design process and financial planning process. Some utility companies offer financial incentives and support for multi-family housing to install and operate EV charging stations. Our expert team will be able to guide you  with incentive resources that may be available for your property.

Likewise, partnering with Miller EV Solutions after installation for maintenance can save on costly upgrades or other issues that may arise as well as reduce unexpected downtime. It’s important to have a maintenance partner on the ground that understands your EV needs, goals, and infrastructure.

Installing EV chargers in multi-family properties presents unique challenges, but with innovative solutions and strong collaboration by Miller EV Solutions, it is possible to overcome these obstacles and address limited space, cost, and technical considerations. Multi-family properties can contribute to the growth of EV adoption and provide convenient charging options for their residents.

Ready to electrify your multi-family project with EV charging stations? Contact us today to build your resilient and reliable EV infrastructure that creates a more sustainable future. 

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