4 steps to get EV charging in your apartment
Posted by Roseanne: Jan 28, 2020 • 3 min read
So you want an EV, but you live in an apartment. Homechargers are great - just about the most convenient way to charge - so long as you own your own parking space and it’s convenient to install in...
But, for those whose parking space is in a shared car park, it can be particularly challenging. So, if you’re an EV driver and the above describes you, read on to find out 4 steps to take to help you get a homecharger installed in your apartment
Step 1: Get your neighbours on board
Chances are you’re not the only one fancies going electric. It is worth seeing if there is a nucleus of potential EV drivers, if so, your case will have more weight.
In our experience, the most important factor in getting the ball rolling is identifying someone to take ownership of the project. In many cases, this might be your Property Manager but could also be an engaged resident or member of your Residential Management Committee.
Step 2: Research!
Having the answers to these key questions will make it easier for any company to assess how easy or difficult it will be to get EV charging infrastructure installed in your property.
- How many parking spaces are there in the car park?
- Is your parking external or internal?
- Is it accessible to the public?
- Are they shared between residents or individually allocated?
- Are your neighbours interested in EVs/EV charging? If so how many?
Step 3: Build your case
Offering EV charging will make your landlord/managing agent a leader in the EV stakes. And, with EVs set to dominate new car sales by the mid-to-late 2020s, it’s not long before residents will expect that EV charging will be offered as an amenity.
As such, offering EV charging will start to have a material impact on the appeal and value of a property. Co-Op Insurance recently found 40% of its customers already expect homes without charging provision risk losing value as a result. So this is as much about protecting and enhancing value, as it is about making your own electric motoring more convenient.
P.S. To make it easy for you, we’ve created a template which you can use to email to your property manager/landlord.
Step 4: Speak to your property manager/landlord
Once you have the answers to the questions above and have had a look at our email template. You're ready to go!
Go ahead and email your property manager using the template above, and get in touch with Pod Point with the information you have gathered.
P.S. You might want to send them our free checklist too!
What happens next...
Once your property manager/landlord is ready to take the next steps and has spoken to our Residential Team, we will help them navigate through some of the challenges of installing in pre-existing buildings.
A few challenges include power constraints, property law and available budgets.
Alternatively, if you need help convincing your property manager/landlord, submit an enquiry and we'll see what we can do!