00:05 – In a multi-unit residential building the electrical panel of each unit supplies power to the appliances connected to it, and the panel itself is connected to an electricity meter.

00:23 – The [electric vehicle charging] installation setting is determined by the location of these meters in relation to the parking spaces. The meters may be located:

  • On the same level as the garage, or close to the parking spaces
  • On the upper floors of the building
  • On the building’s roof
  • Or in a different building

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Frequently Asked Questions

01 — Is it possible to only have one electrical meter for the entire building?

It’s uncommon, but in certain buildings it is possible to only have one common electrical meter for all of the units. If this is the case, a fixed rate for the electricity consumed is generally added to monthly dues.

It’s important to make the distinction between a multi-unit building with a single meter and the shared electrical meter for common areas.

Visit our pages dedicated to the Charging Solutions for Single-Meter Buildings for more in depth information.

02 — The electricity meters are on the same floor as the parking spaces, but they are not nearby because the parking lots are outside. What is our context?

In a complex where the parking lots are located outside it can sometimes happen that they’re far from the electrical room. In this case, we consider that the electricity meters are located in another building.

03 — Is it possible that our electricity meters are in several places?

Yes, in some buildings, the electricity meters are sometimes on several floors.

In complexes where there are indoor and outdoor parking spaces, it’s possible that the meters are near the parking spaces located in the garage, but that they are inaccessible from the outdoor parking spaces.