EV Charging Challenges and Solutions
Due to the inadequately developed EV charging infrastructure as well as due to cost-effectiveness and convenience, over 80 percent of EV charging takes place at home. Charging at home, however, can be very challenging for EV owners living in multi-unit dwellings. There are often problems with parking, neighbors’ consent, legal issues, electrical service access,… making installation of a charging station a near impossible “undertaking”.
Dealing with Uncooperative Neighbors
Getting everyone’s consent to install a charging station for EVs can be extremely challenging. To persuade other owners/residents that a charging station is in everyone’s interest, it is highly important to present them with specific benefits for the entire dwelling as well as for each person individually. But it is also of key importance to listen to other people’s concerns and if justified, try to find a common ground. If their concerns are unjustified, be sure to show them that there is absolutely no reason for them to worry but in a friendly and understanding manner.
The Money Factor
In order to encourage their citizens to choose environmentally friendlier transportation options, many governments are offering various grants and incentives - not only to purchase an EV but for investments in charging infrastructure as well. And this may also include installing charging stations in multi-unit dwellings. So it may be worth to check with the local authority for more information about who is eligible for government grants and incentives, and what are the conditions.
When It’s Impossible to Meet All the Demands
Although every situation is unique, there is a solution for even the most difficult situations including when it’s not possible to install a charging station. Listed below are a few solutions for the most extreme cases:
Shared charging. Like its name suggests, this option foresees a shared use of a charging station, usually between businesses and residents. For example, during the day the station is used by businesses and during nighttime, by residents.
Third-party investor. Installing charging infrastructure in a multi-unit dwelling can be quite expensive, especially if all owners don’t wish to participate in the investment. In this case, a third-party investor can be an excellent solution. This is because they will take all or at least most of the costs in return for a subscription fee.
Workplace charging. A growing number of employers are eager to help their employees including Leeds Locksmith Service to lower transportation costs including by installing a charging station at work. Besides saving money to their employees, a charging station also reinforces their reputation as environmentally responsible businesses.