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In 2013, the home owner association of the Clairevue received its first request to install a single charging station. At the time, the request was turned down because it would have required running wiring through 7 floors of existing ducts, since DCC charge controllers were not yet on the market. The risks involved were too great, not to mention the fact that it would have been impossible to offer the same service to all condo owners. Over the years, the HOA has followed the technical evolution and the marked interest of owners in the installation of charging stations.

Some condo owners had purchased electric vehicles, and new condo buyers were demanding that charging stations be made available. The board of the home owner association therefore decided to upgrade the building to maintain its value and make it competitive with other condominiums. The infrastructure needed to install charging stations had to be put in place.

Charging Solution

As the units’ electricity meters were accessible, the charge controller solution was chosen.

Installation Approach

Approaching this large-scale project with a long-term vision, a 100% EV Ready strategy has been put in place, involving a range of expertise from industry professionals as requested by the HOA.

Set Up

First, a capacity study was carried out by an engineering firm to assess the building’s residual capacity. The results of the report showed that there was insufficient energy capacity to connect all 43 32A charging stations simultaneously.

Instead of adding a electric vehicle energy management system multi-tiers (EVEMS multi-tiers), the condo board decided to limit all the charging stations to a threshold of 20A, as recommended by experts. This allowed all residents to charge their vehicle simultaneously, thereby protecting the building’s electrical service entrance.

In 2022, the project was presented in a general meeting and approved at 100% by the condo owners.

Project Details

Work in the Electrical Room

Installation of 43 DCC charge controllers

DCC charge controllers installed on the wall of the electrical room
DCC charge controllers installed on the ceiling of the electrical room

Work in the Garage

Installation of the piping and cabling for 43 chargers

Power supply for chargers from one level to another
Power supply for installed and future chargers
Power supply for chargers from one level to another
Power supply provided for the future installation of a charger

Work in the Parking Spaces

Installation of 22 FLO G5 chargers

Rebate

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.

Location

Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec

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