MULTI-RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL
Up to 32 km/hour
The most efficient and cost effective option for multi-residential buildings are Level 2 EV chargers. The goal of a Level 2 charger is not to fill up your EV as quickly as possible. Rather, Level 2 chargers will fill up most vehicles within a couple of hours without putting an unreasonable demand for power on your building’s existing electrical infrastructure.
Up to 290 km/hour
Level 3 chargers, also known as DC fast-charging, offers 10 to 20 times the charging speed of the more widely used level II mid-speed chargers. In other words, 15 minutes at a Level 3 station could provide the same charge as 5 hours at a Level 2 station. Level 3 charging units come at a substantial premium and requires additional infrastructure.
MULTI-STATION POWER MANAGEMENT
Power management allows your building’s electric infrastructure to support dramatically more EV chargers by adjusting the output of each charger depending on how many EVs are plugged in. Choosing a solution with power management is crucial for future-proofing your building. Below is an example of four 32-amp EV chargers installed on a panel with only 80 amps available. The same principal can be applied across your whole building to quadruple your EV capacity.
POWER MANAGEMENT EXAMPLE
4 chargers, max amperage of 80 A
Two cars plugged in, each charger draws its max amperage of 32 A.
Two more cars plug in. Amperage is dropped so that total power usage remains under 80 A.
As one car finishes charging, power is redistributed to the remaining chargers.
EV CHARGER MANAGEMENT
The electric vehicle charging experience for both property managers and multi-family residents is defined by EV charger management services, sometimes called “network management”. This includes software and services bundled with EV chargers that are tailored to the needs of property managers and EV drivers.
metroEV supports both types of multi-family charging: community charging, where EV chargers are installed in visitor parking spots to be shared by multiple residents; and dedicated charging, where each resident gets their own EV charger in their private parking space.
Our exclusive provider of charger management software is ChargeLab. We’ve chosen to work with this Canadian supplier because of the flexibility and convenience of their platform. For multi-family buildings like yours, ChargeLab’s EV charger management platform offers these key features:
1. Access control
Control who can access each charger
Monitor charger usage & generate reports
Bill residents for the electricity they use
4. Technical support
Help setting up & managing your EV charging program
5. Power management
Share power across chargers to support more EVs