Homeowner information for EV Chargers at Pier Colony
The Pier Colony HOA is in the process of installing common EVC stations on the upper garage level in guest parking for homeowner use. This is for homeowner convenience and an upgrade to the association.
The electric meters for all units are in three different electrical rooms on the lower garage level. Each unit has a 70-amp breaker. Installation of an EV charger requires placement of a subpanel (8” x 12” box) approximately 6’ from the unit’s meter with two conduits running from the meter to the subpanel, and one conduit running from the sub panel to the EVC. There is a limit on the number of sub panels that can be installed in each electrical room based on the location of the meter and the space on the wall in the electrical room. Thus each EVC application must be reviewed on a case by case basis. In addition, running conduit from the electric meters in the lower garage to a parking space in the upper garage will involve a very long run of conduit and possibly drilling through the lower garage ceiling, potentially adding a significant expense to the installation costs.
Homeowners with parking spaces in the upper garage have limited EV availability since meters are in the lower garage. Homeowners can seek a lower garage space owner to trade deeded parking spaces. The appropriate grant deed/quitclaim deeds would need to be created/filed.
Each unit is supplied with 70amp service. Currently, typical EVC’s use 30amps while charging although increasing to 50amps, to increase charging speed, is likely in the near future. If your unit’s load is high (i.e. you are using the oven, washing machine and the refrigerator kicks on) while you are charging, you are likely to trip the breaker. This will require going into the electrical room in the lower garage to manually reset it at a time when the guard is available with the key.
Here are the basic steps:
City permits: Starting at $150. Based on project valuation.
Engineering drawings: Starting at $500. Based on complexity of installation. Upper Garage is more complex due to the fact that all meters are located on the lower garage.
Installation costs: Starting at $3,000. This is based on the length of the run from the meter to your parking space and who you hire.