With the rise of electric vehicles in BC, the need for charging stations in condos are becoming an increasing priority among homeowners. I was showing some buyers around this weekend and among their concerns was the need for an outlet to charge their electric vehicle. Many strata buildings, especially older ones, are feeling the pressure to install electric charging stations but many stratas lack the cost, time and expertise.
Then there is the issue on how to charge the electricity costs back to the homeowner. Some condo buildings, such as Princess Gate in Coquitlam, are charging a flat $25 monthly rate to the homeowner but face the issue of having to reassign parking stalls to accomodate these changes. New buildings are being built with the consideration of electric vehicles in mind.
There is also the risk of strata not allowing you to charge, especially if the homeowner has not requested for permission in advance. I have heard of some savvy some savvy homeowners running extension cables to the nearest electrical outlet, but strata may ask you to refrain from doing so if they deem it a hazard to other residents in the building.
If you have an electric vehicle, or are the 1 out of 2 Canadian planning on buying an electric vehicle as their next car, you may want to consult with your Realtor on electric vehicle parking in your next home!
For more information, check out this article at The Tri-City News.
Source: The Tri-City News