Electric cars aren’t just a trend or luxury item. They’re a key part of our net-zero clean energy future. Every year, all around the world, you’ll spot more electric cars on the road as the technology becomes increasingly affordable and existing vehicle owners make the leap to electric with their next purchase. Right now, the electric vehicle adoption rate in Illinois is only 2.7%. However, the recently passed Climate & Equitable Jobs Act detailed the state’s strategy to overhaul its energy consumption. This includes the state’s goal to get roughly 10% of all cars on the road in Illinois to be Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs) by 2030. The federal government also set the ambitious goal of a nationwide PEV adoption rate of 50% by 2030 and net-zero emission target of 2050. As the world’s leading car manufacturers and federal governments set net-zero targets within the next few decades, this share is only going to skyrocket as time goes on both at home in Chicago and around the world.
A top concern of potential electric vehicle purchasers living in condos and apartments right now is “will I be able to charge my car in my parking stall?” It’s an understandable concern as many buildings have created headaches for electric vehicle owners in getting the needed equipment set up to make car charging straightforward. Now though, governments are beginning to get involved through the institution of bylaws requiring buildings to introduce or raise electric vehicle charging capacity as well as federal and provincial governments providing incentives to owners and building managers to buy electric and set up chargers. If you’re a property manager in Chicago, it’s probably time to start building a plan to make sure you can update your parking facilities on time. Across the Chicago area, VendorPM can help you find service vendors to set up EV charging stations in your parking stalls in a convenient and prompt manner!
Unfortunately, only a handful of states (Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, New York, Florida, Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii & California) have what are known as “Right to Charge” laws. Right to Charge laws enable tenants and unit owners to install EV charging at their own expense without landlord or building manager interference so long as the installation does not pose a safety hazard or fall under certain exceptions. Even outside of these states though, demand for EV charging has become clear and landlords are either stepping aside or supporting the process! The City of Chicago details the process of getting an EV-charger in your condo or apartment as follows:
- Get permission
- Hire an electrical contractor
- Consult with Illinois’ rebate program
- Consult with your building manager
- Agree on ownership and maintenance
- Obtain your permit
As a building manager or landlord, you will often stand in a controlling position over your building’s decision to install EV charging stations. Not becoming the stopgap between your tenants and their ability to charge their PEV is usually all that is expected of you.
If you’re trying to build relationships with your tenants or keep the charger as a long-term investment, coordinating special agreements with them as they go through the above process that allow you to keep the charger in exchange for supporting maintenance and purchase can be strategically beneficial.
As you work with tenants to agree on terms and the process for set up, be sure to check out the state and federal rebates of EV charging. The US Department of Energy provides information on those here! If you need an electrical contractor to assist with your tenant's installation, VendorPM can help you find fast, on budget quotes by connecting you to 30,000+ vendors! Try it out here.
Regardless of whether you own, rent, or manage your building, zero-emission vehicles are an inevitability of a green future. For building managers, VendorPM can help you get your multi-unit residential building ready to go with EV charging quickly and cost-efficiently!