As it is often the case, it is thanks to the interest in electric vehicles from a couple of tenants that the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) installation project got started. The condo board of this 31-unit complex used Murbly’s tools in September 2019 to ensure an easy and organized deployment of EVSE in the parking garage. Rather than individual installations, which they considered more chaotic, the board chose to operate in a more general fashion by organizing a global charging infrastructure deployment.
The tenant parking spaces are in an interior parking garage and the electrical room (where the electricity meters are) is either on the same level or on the level above, making the meters accessible from the parking spaces. With that in mind, the Electric Vehicle Energy Management System (EVEMS) was chosen as the charging solution.
Wanting to prepare all parking spaces for EV charging but also to simplify the installation of this high number of components, the condo board opted for the Partial Global Approach.
The first step was the completion of an Energy Capacity Study, which was done from November to December 2019. In January 2020, the board started to evaluate the costs of adding the infrastructure needed as well as the EVSE installation itself. They then decided, in February, to organize a vote during the Annual Meeting for a special contribution from the tenants which would pay for the charging infrastructure only, namely the conduits, the wiring and the DCC-9-BOXs. This meeting took place in May 2020, with a slight delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In favor of the adoption of electrified parking spaces, the following arguments were presented : tenants owning or planning to acquire an electric car could have an EVSE directly in their parking space, such an installation would increase the value of the building and the units concerned, and a rebate currently available (the Roulez Vert program) would significantly reduce project costs. In addition, the Board of Directors mentioned that such a project would have to be done sooner or later in the Montreal condominium and that a lot of time and effort had been devoted to the development of this project by the current board; that being said, if the project were to be rejected by the tenants and the board was re-elected, they would not present this project again. It was subsequently accepted with a 90% favorable vote (75% was necessary for the adoption of the special contribution). The planning of the project took place over the summer of 2020 and in October, the pre-approval request for the Transition Énergétique Québec rebate was made.
The installation of 10 FLO G5 chargers, 21 DCC-BOX and 10 DCC-9-40A started at the end of October and will go on until June 2021. The majority of the installations (approx. 80%) were however carried out in November 2020, as well as the reimbursement request to TEQ.
Work in the Electrical Room
Installation of 21 DCC-BOX and 10 DCC-9-40
Work in the Garage
Installation of the piping and cabling for 10 EV chargers
Work in the Parking Spaces
Installation of 10 FLO G5 chargers and 21 240V boxes
This project took advantage of the Roulez Vert program established by the Quebec Government, through the section “Borne de recharge en multilogement”, offering up to 50% cost reimbursement.