Fall 2015  

Got questions on electric vehicle charging? MGE can help

Chances are pretty good that residents have asked about installing charging stations for their electric vehicles (EVs). Or you have considered installing EV charging stations to attract tenants to a new development.

About 85% of EV drivers charge at home, and approximately 40% of Dane County residents rent, so MGE expects the interest in multifamily EV charging to grow.

If you are thinking about providing EV charging, here are a few things to consider:

  • Involve tenants in the decision-making process. You can survey residents to find out who is interested in EVs now and who might consider buying an EV if charging is available.
  • Evaluate your parking and electrical requirements. Will individual residents be able to charge at a parking space reserved for EV charging or share access to charging equipment located in a common area. Locating the equipment as close to the electrical supply as possible will minimize installation costs. Also, consider compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Talk to your local electric utility about electricity costs and ways to reduce demand charges. MGE will assist business customers with an on-site electrical assessment, evaluation of energy and demand costs, and tenant education before and after stations are installed.
  • Select charging equipment that will meet your needs today and in the future. There are two basic options for multifamily buildings: Level 1 (relatively inexpensive to install but takes longer to charge) and Level 2 (more expensive but faster; and may allow for multiple users at one time). Smart chargers (available only with Level 2 options) allow station owners to collect usage data, charge fees and notify drivers when their vehicle is charged. For more information on charging stations, visit: GoElectricDrive.com
  • Determine if residents should pay for charging. Some property managers may add a fee to the monthly rent to cover the cost of electricity and/or the costs associated with installing and maintaining EV stations.
  • Develop policies and procedures to manage EV charging by tenants, such as how long vehicles can charge and whether stations are available for guests.

MGE is available to discuss charging station options and can help navigate the decision-making process to ensure a successful installation.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a meeting, call Debbie Branson at 608-252-5632 or send an email to dbranson@mge.com. You also can find information on multifamily EV charging on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuel Data Center website.

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