Dennis, I’d suggest starting small and simple, getting feedback from your owners after a year or two (vs. what the “general public” might think), then setting a broader policy. That buys you some time as transportation radically changes over the next 5-20 years. (As an example of change: your parking area might become storage space, a community garden, or office space in 20 years. New office towers are creating flat parkade levels instead of sloped to future-proof the space against the great unknown of the rapidly approaching future.)
Small: Identify a few (5?) spaces that the current assignee would be willing to trade, and make them “electrified”. Don’t upgrade all the stalls. If someone expresses interest in vehicle charging, you have willing residents ready to swap their space with no further Board action.
Simple: If those stalls already have 110V power access, maybe that’s all you need? Or purchasing a $20 plug-in power usage counter (that could be tampered with, but…) to measure power usage. Don’t assume you need a separate meter, or 240V or 480V power, until you know how much power is used, or how many residents want to use the power outlet at what charging rate. Have the resident agree to a reasonable, regular “donation” to participate in your pilot – does $20/month sound reasonable? Don’t worry about whether that covers the power bill (or costs too much) until you know the actual costs to the corporation.
If you decide to retrofit a stall in your pilot phase, try not to charge back all the costs to the first resident who wants to use it. Decide how much you want to collect each month to slowly recoup those costs, keeping in mind you might set up all the stalls some day and all owners will pay for those capital improvements. (Can’t use reserve fund for this work of course.)
Arylnn P on November 25 2017 at 01:36 PM