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More EV Charging Stations Likely In Mutifamily


As electric vehicles gain in popularity, more residential communities will have electric vehicle charging stations as one of their amenities. Campbell-based ChargePoint has partnered with many developers, including Oyster Development in the Bay Area to add EV charging stations within multifamily communities.

ChargePoint also is collaborating with San Diego Gas and Electric, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison to bring EV charging for multifamily sites in underserved and disadvantaged communities.

PG&E also said recently it plans to install 7,500 charging stations throughout Northern and Central California.

Demand for EV charging stations will continue, especially with EV sales increasing 35% from a year ago. About a third of Americans rent, a number that continues to grow, which will create additional demand for charging stations within apartment communities to help retain residents.

Oyster Development's Rockwell condo community in Pacific Heights development incorporates 30 stacked parking spots with EV charging stations. The charging stations move with the automated stacked parking system. The apartment community Aventino in Los Gatos also has the ChargePoint system.

ChargePoint’s EV charging systems include software that supports charging in shared or assigned parking and built-in energy management tools to control installation and ongoing energy costs for property managers. ChargePoint handles billing, station upkeep and driver support. A mobile app allows residents to check their charging status and share charging spots with neighbors via a feature called Waitlist.

ChargePoint also works with Greystar, Alliance Residential, Essex Property Trust, UDR, Lennar and Sares Regis Group. ChargePoint stations are in communities across 30 states.