This article was updated March 12th, 2021
At current growth rates, there will be more than 30 million electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. roads within a decade, and that was projected before California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts called to ban gas car sales by 2035. So, the question is — where will they all charge?
There are a number of efforts underway to increase public charging, especially fast-charging along major highway corridors by companies like Electrify America, EVgo, and Tesla. But if today is any guide, more than 80% of charging will continue to take place at home. That’s great news for homeowners since most “fueling” won’t even take a trip to a station across town; instead, drivers can pull into their own garage and charge up overnight.
But what about the 40% of Americans who rent or live in multi-unit dwellings (MUD)? Most of these buildings were designed (and built) long before EVs hit the mainstream. As a result, they lack adequate electrical infrastructure for EV charging, and many retrofitting options today are prohibitively expensive for the owner’s or HOA’s budget. As more and more tenants make the switch to electric cars, they will demand charging at their multi-unit dwelling.
EVmatch is the affordable EV charging solution for apartments and condos, up to 60% less than other options on the market. We combine networked charging stations with our management software so that property owners can recoup electricity costs, add a new revenue stream, and attract valuable tenants with a charging amenity. Check out this one-minute video of our EV charging solution for multi-unit dwellings.
Our payment processing, booking, and group management features allow EV drivers to reserve a charger for a specific time period for easy sharing among tenants without requiring property management staff time. If site hosts want to earn even more revenue, our software enables them to offer public access at customizable times and prices.
Apartments and Condos Using EVmatch Chargers
EVmatch has multi-family customers all across the United States, from Vermont to California. As part of an ongoing charger deployment program with Burlington Electric Department, we have installed stations at 2-4-plexes, HOA properties, and apartment buildings of all sizes.
Pictured below is a Tesla Model Y charging at a fourplex in Burlington that offers access to both tenants and the general public. Other properties in Burlington offer a variety of access options. One HOA is only offering charging to its members, while a 20-unit apartment is offering 24/7 access to tenants and weekday access to the public. Cambrian Rise, a large apartment living community with sweeping views of Lake Champlain, will open six chargers to tenants and the general public later this year. A one-size-fits-all charging approach just doesn’t cut it at MUDs. At locations throughout Burlington, EVmatch is helping properties customize charger access and pricing to meet the unique needs of each community.
Another Vermont property at the base of a ski resort, Mount Snow, installed multiple chargers and offers access to condo residents and the general public 24/7, thanks to a partnership between Green Mountain Power and EVmatch. Skiers, tourists, and residents can easily book charging reservations in advance, offering convenience and peace of mind, and we’ve seen these chargers – along with those in Burlington – serve the local community as well as travelers from New York City and Boston.
EVmatch has also partnered with Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) to install chargers at multi-family properties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Large 160-unit complexes and smaller 28-unit apartment buildings are some of the properties that have taken advantage of the program.
Revere Apartments in Campbell and Park Plaza Apartments in Mountain View (both pictured below) now offer Level 2 (240V) charging access to tenants and the general public (book a charging session here for Revere and here for Park Plaza.)
The Cannery, an affordable housing property in Gilroy, is installing shared chargers to help underserved communities make the switch to electric transportation, and Manzanita Apartments, a 28-unit property in Sunnyvale, plans to install up to six chargers for both tenant and public use.
EVmatch has the ideal EV charging solution for any multi-family residential or commercial project. Its customizable software is designed to work for your needs at a price point 30-60% less than other options on the market. Plus, EVmatch’s knowledgeable team will help you identify rebates and incentives to cover most, if not all, out-of-pocket costs. Contact EVmatch here to learn more and reference CleanTechnica in the offer field for an additional $100 off your first charger.
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you could be eligible for rebates of up to $8,000 per charger. Contact EVmatch here to see how you can benefit.