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Tuesday 4 September 2018

This boring little box can fix the nightmare of installing EV charging stations in condos

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is becoming less of an issue and more of a big business, but there’s still an aspect of it that has been somewhat neglected: charging for condominiums and apartments.

Today, we take a look at a boring little box that can fix the nightmare of installing EV charging stations in those buildings.

There are a few different types of challenges associated with installing a charging spot at a condominium.

First off, there’s often a hardware limitation because most electric panels are limited to 100 amps per condo.

It means that they often need an upgrade or to go through the building’s panel used for common spaces, like halls and garages, but that leads us to the other issue: dealing with the condominium’s board or syndicate of co-owners.

Depending on the board’s policies, you might need approval based on the scale of the project and then there’s the issue of accounting for the electricity usage of the charging station.

Lilco Électrique, the preferred installer of Tesla charging stations in Québec, ran into the problem one too many times and decided to address the issue.

David Corbeil, son of Lilco co-founders Pierre Corbeil and Linda Laliberté and the one in charge of developing the company’s EV charging station business, spun off a new company called RVE with the goal of leveraging their experience to simplify the deployment of charging points in condominiums.


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