Charging A BMW i3 From A 4th Floor Apartment – Video


How To Not Charge Your Electric Car From A 4th Floor Apartment

How To Not Charge Your Electric Car From A 4th Floor Apartment

The video title should actually be “How Not To Charge An Electric Car From Your Apartment.”

Video description:

“As part of our full BMW i3 feature, we tried to work out how you might charge an electric car, if you lived on the fourth floor of your building.”

“Ciro somehow worked it out and it looks totally safe.”

Though the video is clearly meant to be humorous, it is reality that charging at multi-unit dwellings can be difficult or even impossible.

If you reside in a multi-unit dwelling that lacks the ability to charge, then please refer to this previous InsideEVs article titled “How to Get an EVSE For My Condominium / Apartment.”


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as a megacity vehicle this should be the commong way to charge it.

I did this with our Nissan Leaf back in 2011. We had to temporarily live in a second-floor condo while we waited for our house to close. The association would’ve eventually caught us and complained, but it worked.

Same here with my Leaf from my 2nd floor condo. I offered to pay the full cost of install of my own EVSE but thy denied it, saying I couldn’t modify any common areas (even though it’s my own assigned parking spot). The lady from the management company actually laughed and said I should toss the cable out the window, so that’s what I did. Even though they were super strict about a lot of things, they never said anything about the cable dangling out of the window. I charged at night so it wasn’t so obvious.

Hmm. Hmm. Hmm.

Lets imagine he pay for charging station.

Then some evening he gets back home after whole day of hard working and slot is..

a) taken by ICE
b) taken by neighbor
c) taken by some unknown EV

Multitenant buildings aren’t EV friendly!

So what would be reliable way to get that charging?

(ok b) is workable, just talk with that neighbor, agree on sharing bill for electricity, etc.)

Any ideas?

There’s always a dumbass making a stupid argument.
Planet burning up because of green houses gases, but, we can never advance.

It’ll happen.

Just like identical satellite dishes hanging off every balcony (instead of just one on the roof of the building for everyone), scores of charging cables hanging down from every window.

I actually used to do something similar in my apartment building. I ran a 100′ extension cord down the stairwell every night. Thank goodness the building manager finally understood I could install a charger connected to my own meter because 100′ of cord is not lightweight!

stupid jackass video

I’m OK with it. That charger will draw as much current as a clothes iron – no big deal.

Its convenient that he has 230 volts to charge at, so I bet he charges much faster than those of us who have to charge at 105 volts in North America, which you’d be even lucky to get that much pressure at the end of a 100 foot extension cord that was of reasonable weight.

Even though GM tells you not to, I know of a few people owning volts who charge from a 50 foot extension cord, since the Volt is the last car in the driveway and the only recepticle is in the far back distant garage.

I’m sure that people who live ‘vertically’ far away from their cars do exactly the same thing. After dark of course so as to not cause concern from the nosey neighbors or homeowners’ associations.

It’s the need to do things like that that makes FCEVs more practical for apartment/condo/townhome dwellers, who make up the majority of the European and Asian urban populations, until outside receptacles and/or public EVSEs are everywhere. I believe that’s why Toyota believes FCEVs are the way to go for now. As someone who would have to charge a BEV using the same method of running an extension cord out a door or window, it’s just not practical year-round (even if it were safe from a liability standpoint); after all, If I’m trying to save energy, losing heat out said open door or window every winter night is counterproductive.

The electrons flow better downhill, so you get a faster charge this way.

Well, I have postulated before that one way of allowing EVs parked in streets consisting of terraced Victorian houses to charge their EVs would be to fit a gantry to the front of the house with a retractable charging cable attached. This would allow unfettered pavement use and keep the cable safe. It wouldn’t look terribly nice, however.

Considering some 50-60% of current UK housing consists of precisely this sort of building, the local authorities are going to have to come up with *something* to allow all these town and city folk to charge their EVs if the UK government’s aim of having us all driving around in them before too long is going to come to fruition. The eventual answer will probably be very designated – and very expensive – bays, each with its own inductive charging pad (anti-theft/vandal and very easy to use). Practically all London’s residential streets have a pay-for parking permit system already so we’re halfway there now! MW