Installing networked electric vehicle charging stations
Condos, apartments and workplaces can use the same types of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment as detached single family homes, but they should consider installing networked charging stations.
What are networked charging stations?
Networked charging stations are connected to other stations. For example, a number of stations located in a condominium complex or workplace can be connected to each other by Wi-Fi or cellular signals to provide:
- payment collection
- online reservation systems
- remote monitoring and updating
- charge station reports
- user access controls
- mobile app integrations
Comparing level 1 and level 2 charging stations
|Level 1: 120-volt
|Level 2: 240-volt
|EVs can be charged by plugging the cord into a standard 120-volt outlet.
|Installing 240-volt service gives you options for faster charging solutions. A 240-volt electrical circuit is the same type of circuit used by household dryers or ovens.
|All plug-in electric cars currently sold come with an adapter to connect the EV to a 120-volt outlet.
You’ll need to purchase and install an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) control that connects to your EV.
Options include hardwired chargers that are connected to the building’s electrical system, networked chargers and dual-port or shared chargers that allow multiple vehicles to charge at the same time.
Consult a qualified electrician to install a level 2 charging station.
|Standard charging time
Plug-in hybrid: 6 to 8 hours
Battery electric: 11 to 16 hours
Plug-in hybrid: 3 to 4 hours
Battery electric: 6 to 8 hours
Factors to consider for EV charging
To determine the viability and cost of installing EV charging for your condo or apartment building or workplace, you’ll need to know:
- your building's wiring capacity to supply the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) and related electrical load
- your building's total electrical loading, related to transformer capacity
- the account billing rate class (which rate you'll be charged)
- charging system voltage compatibility
- availability of Wi-Fi or cellular signals for networked charging stations, especially in underground parking
A qualified electrical contractor can help you determine what’s involved in installing EV charging in your building.
FortisBC electricity customers* may be eligible for a rebate of up to $5,000 per station for Level 2 EV charging stations located in condos, apartment buildings and workplaces. Plus, up to five hours of free advice and planning assistance from an EV advisor is available. Learn more.
*Includes Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland and Nelson Hydro.
We’re here to help
If you have questions about installing networked charging stations at your strata, apartment building or workplace, please contact [email protected].