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How to find an apartment that will allow EV charging?

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by SMCModelSFan, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. SMCModelSFan

    SMCModelSFan Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    SF Bay Area
    My cousin is will be taking delivery of his Model S next week (he's a few weeks ahead of me), and at the same time he will be moving to the San Mateo - Redwood City area here in the SF Bay Area. He's looking to rent an apartment. Does anyone have suggestions for how to find a place that will either have EV charging already installed or will allow him to install a NEMA 14-50 for his own use? Do the newer apartment communities tend to offer this as an amenity?
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Mar 8, 2012
    I don't know of any way other than to ask and then inspect (as the person you talk to may not have correct information). There are a few places putting in EV charging places but not many. Sometimes you may be able to pay to put one in--usually at a premium price.
  3. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

    Feb 7, 2009
    Right behind you...
    I know my apartment expressly forbids EV charging. When I get mine later this year, it will be a nice case study on the need for urban charging infrastructure. Thankfully my office has charging and so does the public library which is about a mile away.
  4. fizzazle

    fizzazle Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    los angeles
    Of all the "inconveniences" about EV's....charging completely becomes a non issue once you have a 240V 50A charger at home. I have crappy 120V 12A at work and charge b/c it's available (and b/c its free) but I really don't need to with a charger at home. I plug in when I'm at home and I wake up w/ a full charge. This is where an electric car just shines. Haven't been to a gas station in months!!! I know the department situation makes it difficult but try and find a way. Once you get home charging you are truly liberated! (Liberated from gas stations...and liberated from electric charging stations!!!!).
  5. tdiggity

    tdiggity Member

    Oct 3, 2012
    Bay Area, CA
    You'll want to stick to more downtown like areas and rely on the city garages for charging. Or rent a spot. I'd start by cross referencing prospective apartments with recargo and other charging maps. For example, downtown palo alto has free chargers and free parking in there from 5pm-8am.
  6. jomo25

    jomo25 P4398

    Mar 16, 2012
    Tempe, AZ
    Some apartments may have actually been forward-thinking/smart enough to actually get Blink or Chargepoint stations installed. So, you might be able to find some by checking the Blink or Chargepoint maps to see if any are at apartment complexes. I know there are at least a couple (though not many) here in the PHX area.

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    Well, I thnk all EV owners would love this. But of course if you rent or live in a condo, it may not be easy (and in some case like mine, downright difficult) to get the installation of an outlet or charge station approved.
  7. digitaltim

    digitaltim Sig737 VIN628

    May 2, 2012
    MD, USA
    Mine took some convincing, but I finally pushed them over the edge by paying for the NEMA 14-50 outlet to be installed. In return, they reserved the spot for me.

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