A new rapid-charging system for electric vehicles could make it easier to offer EV access in multi-tenant buildings.
“Many people don’t realize how much of an impact adding an EV can have on the load put on infrastructure. For my home here in California, each of our EVs uses as much power per day as our house,” enthusiast Kyle Field explains on CleanTechnica. “In a single-family home, that is usually manageable, but scale it up to a multi-tenant building and the increase in energy usage in a much smaller real estate footprint can quickly spiral out of control.”
The new system, unveiled earlier this month by Schneider Electric North America and California-based EverCharge, “can rapidly charge multiple vehicles and increase building charging capacity up to 10 times without requiring costly infrastructure upgrades,” the companies said in a release. “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.”
Pierre Sacré, Schneider North America’s director of EV solutions, notes that “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.”