EverCharge and Schneider Collaborate to Accelerate Charging Infrastructure in Multi-Tenant Buildings

1 year ago by Mark Kane 14

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EverCharge and Schneider Electric announced a global partnership to ease charging/installation of charging stations at multi-tenant buildings.  A real problem area for future EV adoption.

They identified the problem of a lack of available power in some apartments and condominiums to handle many electric cars charging. Instead of increasing installed power for the buildings, which sometimes is difficult or costly, EverCharge and Schneider Electric intend to use smart solutions.

EverCharge will integrate Schneider Electric’s EVlink charging stations with its SmartPower technology to monitor the energy usage of the building and demand from the charging stands to enable charging only when there is spare power available.

Well, it sounds reasonable because you just need to add a few smart meters and set software limits.

“EV charging currently presents multi-tenant facilities and their occupants with a number of challenges when trying to add EV charging stations, especially when it comes to sharing power. Most buildings have a finite amount of electricity, and gaining access to additional resources can be costly, complex and unfeasible.

With this collaboration, EverCharge will integrate Schneider Electric’s EVlink™ Home EV Charger with EverCharge’s SmartPower™ technology, which can rapidly charge multiple vehicles and increase building charging capacity up to ten times without requiring costly infrastructure upgrades. When SmartPower senses extra power is available or that the rated capacity is reached, the system allocates power to vehicles according to their needs, maximizing building infrastructure usage while reducing deployment costs. In addition to the integration of each company’s technology, Schneider Electric will also work with EverCharge to expand its customer base to markets outside of the US.”

Pierre Sacré, director of Electric Vehicle Solutions, Schneider Electric North America said:

“We are pleased to partner with EverCharge to accelerate the build out of EV charging infrastructure and adoption of electric vehicles worldwide. With most charging done at home and rapid urbanization happening globally, having EV charging in apartments and condominiums is critical to the continued success of EV adoption. This collaborative solution effectively resolves building concerns and challenges with smart energy management and automation capabilities.”

Jason Appelbaum, CEO, EverCharge said:

“We started EverCharge with the mission of helping multi-tenant buildings overcome the challenges of installing EV charging stations and enable the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. By collaborating with Schneider Electric and leveraging the company’s global reach, EverCharge will continue to fulfil that mission, while expanding EV charging to multi-tenant dwellings worldwide.”

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14 responses to "EverCharge and Schneider Collaborate to Accelerate Charging Infrastructure in Multi-Tenant Buildings"

  1. Speculawyer says:

    Damn . . . that is a good point. It is not hard to add a bunch of L2 chargers to the parking spots at an apartment building but if the apartment building lacks the needed service level to support them then it becomes a very costly and expensive upgrade.

    I still think we should start mandating that all NEW apartment buildings have enough service level for that and conduit installed to put a charger at every parking spot.

    1. Yes, that’s the biggest reason there aren’t more public EVSEs in New York City. The garages and parking lots don’t have the additional capacity to power them, and upgrading the decades-old services can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

      That’s why the New York City Charging infrastructure bill which passed a couple years ago was so important. All new construction must reserve 20% of the parking spaces for EV charging, have the conduit installed and the capacity added and designated to be only used for EV charging, even if they don’t initially install the EVSEs. They have to reserve a minimum of 3.3kW supply for each space.

      1. vdiv says:

        My office parking garage replaced all inductive ballast metal-halide lamps that were always on with LEDs and suddenly there is plenty of power, but still no charging stations to be found. No money in that racket.

        1. Doug B says:

          Yup thats the way to do it, each light will save you 100+watts making it realistic to add charging at the same time.

          1. They would have to replace about eighty five 100 watt lights for a single 30 amp EVSE dedicated circuit. I’m sure vdiv’s parking lot lights were drawing a lot more than 100 watts, but they would still need to replace a lot of them just to be able to add a single EVSE circuit.

        2. SJC says:

          Someone would have to come in with the whole package to get landlords interested. They would install it and maintain it at NO cost. They make the money by charging 40 cents per kWh to the tenants. It still beats bad air, imported oil and going to the gas station.

        3. vdiv says:

          The garage holds approximately 920 cars and there are over 200 lamps with 30 on the top open level that are not on during the day. That top level would be perfect for a PV array.

          The building next door was refurbished and their garage (half the size) received two L2 stations, apparently the minimum to get certain LEED credits. We are not allowed to park nor charge there 🙁

        4. Speculawyer says:

          What a great way to think about it. We can replace oil just by changing our light bulbs.

          But do people still use incandescents? I haven’t had them for years now.

  2. German Tedesco says:

    Sorry guys. Living at NYC in an apartment, can you let me know how massive EV adoption can be feasible? I see myself going to Jfk SC or Ct just to top an old MS….second hand acquired, being impatient to wait for a model 3.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      Need to get overall market demand up, at which point installing the necessary power to the MDU lot isn’t just something one person wants. At that point, perhaps it’s something that government can help underwrite to allow retrofitting to be done more economically, rather than in a more expensive piecemeal fashion.

      For on-street parking, it would need the utilities and government to work together.

      Retrofitting is not going to be cheap, but over the long term it won’t be that substantial a cost.

  3. Bill Howland says:

    I see the major requirement as being how to bill the individual tenant without connecting to the tenant’s meter.

    The AV turbodock (16 amps @ 200-250) seems to have solved this dilema, but I’m still a bit fuzzy as to how exactly the billing would work. Also it would be nice if they would forgo a bit of markup and let the things go for a lower price.

    A ‘slice of life’ article on the above would be instructive.

  4. CBonville says:

    This combination of technologies should enable some wonderful possibility in residential multi-tenant parking facilities, enabling overnight charging when the daily load cycle at its lowest of the day.

    There is some possibility that this may also work to enable workplace charging at some facilities, but I can imagine that the availability of power will probably vary seasonally, like more energy available during winter afternoons and more in summer mornings.

    Hopefully this solution is also going to enable facilities to step down power levels during demand-response utility notifications to reduce loads and to also support tracking Time-of-Use tariffs and scale back during On-Peak.

  5. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    I think this problem is being massively overstated. It’s said that the needed upgrade to charge an EV is no greater than what was needed when central air conditioning was installed for the first time in homes and businesses.

    I suppose if the Internet had existed back then, people would have made a big deal about it. Instead, they just made the needed changes, and got on with their lives.

    Let’s keep in mind that switching from gasmobiles to EVs will be much less of a change in how we live than was the switch from horse-and-buggy to gasmobiles. We should be grateful for all the positive benefits that EVs will bring, rather than describing the expenses associated with the changeover as if they’re some sort of barrier to EV adoption.

    1. Epicurus says:

      Very true. Think of the courage it took to build a gas station when there were relatively few cars.