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Tesla is testing a new charging solution for people living in apartments

Since the vast majority of electric vehicle charging happens at home, we need a sensible way for apartment dwellers to have access to charging in order for electric cars to really go mainstream. Stories of propriety managers and homeowners associations

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Electric Vehicles Are No Longer a Passing Fad (ON)

Electric Vehicles (EV) sales, particularly in Ontario, are poised for a big jump in the next couple of years. Up until now fully electric cars fell into two categories: lower range and lower priced cars such as the Nissan Leaf

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The latest condo amenity? A charging station for your Tesla (NY)

Forget swimming pools, rooftop terraces, porte cochères and even helicopter landing pads. The latest amenity at high-end apartment buildings in the U.S.? Charging stations for electric vehicles.  Developers are betting on the electric-car market taking off and, as a result,

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Electric car charging should be allowed if owner pays: Condo Law

Q: Can a condo board prevent an owner from using an electrical outlet in a parking unit that is the property of the owner, to charge an electric vehicle?   Read the Q&A………..

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Hook-up culture! Tesla courting condo developers to include car chargers

Electric car maker Tesla Motors, which opened a showroom in Red Hook in March, is racing to fill Brooklyn with charging stations so borough drivers will buy its cars. The company recently put nearly 70 jacks in Manhattan parking garages

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How to Create an Effective Condo Association Electric Vehicle Policy

Electric Vehicles are gaining in popularity in the US. While still a small fraction of vehicles sold – about 1% – you’re starting to see more and more Teslas, Volts, Leafs, and others. And while there may not be a

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Condo owners hungry for electric vehicles

Despite a new survey suggesting Canadians rank climate change below other concerns with the economy and health care, it seems there is one area where many of us are walking the walk — or maybe driving the drive — when

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Condo Smarts: Strata won’t allow charging station for electric car

Dear Tony: We bought a new electric vehicle six months ago and stupidly assumed that our strata would let us modify a parking space for a charging station. (Note to everyone in a strata: Never assume that anything in a

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Time For Your Building to Plug Into Electric Car Charging? (NY)

In 2014, more than 10,000 plug-in cars were on the road in New York State. That number is projected to triple by 2018 and reach 1 million by 2025. It would be natural for an enterprising co-op or condo board

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Bill Shock Still Keeping Electric Cars Out of Strata (Australia)

In my book Growing Up: How Strata Title Bodies Might Learn to Behave one of the issues I look at is sustainability in strata. More often than not you’ll find that no matter how good an owner’s intentions are, it

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Condo residents warned against purchasing electric cars

Residents of a west-end high-rise condominium just got the following message in a letter from their management board president:  “Don’t buy an electrically powered vehicle in the expectation that you can have it recharged or powered on our premises …

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Maryland Bill To Encourage Installation of Electric Vehicle Chargers Now Available For Review

The text of Senate Bill 168, which would provide for the installation of electric vehicle chargers at condominiums and in homeowner associations, as well as at rental properties, is now available  Here is a link to the full text of

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Solution to Multifamily Electric Vehicle Charging

As technology continues to progress, multifamily buildings are faced with the challenge of meeting resident wants and needs. So far, only individuals who could conveniently work an Electric Vehicle (EV) into their current lifestyle made the switch. The main buyers

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HOA refuses to let woman charge electric car (CA)

A woman called the Team 10 Troubleshooter for help after she said her homeowners association would not let her plug in her electric car to charge it.    Read more……….

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Homeowners association pulls plug on Waterford (MI) woman’s Volt

Natalie Forte is eco-friendly and loves her Chevy Volt.  But, her homeowners association doesn’t share her enthusiasm. The resident owns a condo along Elizabeth Lake Road in Waterford and says the homeowners association doesn’t have rules against plug-in cars. But the

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3 Tips for Handling a Co-Owner’s request to install an Electric Vehicle Charging Station

1. Review the Condominium Documents. An Electric Vehicle Charging Station will likely need to be located on the common elements or be hooked up to common elements. The Condominium Documents almost always require Board approval before a Co-Owner can make

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Giving electric vehicle owners a charge (ON)

Electric vehicles have been on the market for three years in Canada. Enter Plug’n Drive, a not-for-profit whose mission is to accelerate the penetration of those vehicles into the consumer market.    Read more……..

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Challenges to Vehicle Electrification Come From Many Angles

Sales of electric vehicles are gradually growing in the US. In 2012, 52,000 EV’s and plug-in hybrids were sold. That number grew to over 95,000 in 2013 and sales during the first quarter of 2014 have outpaced the same period

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New law allows tenants and HOA unit owners to install electric vehicle charging stations

A new Colorado law took effect in 2013 that generally requires residential landlords and HOAs to allow their tenants and unit owners to install electric vehicle charging stations (EVCSs). This article discusses some of the details of the law.  

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Electric Vehicle Grant Bill Headed to Governor (CO)

In an effort to follow up on the Legislatures’ commitment to electric vehicles, the Legislature sent SB 14-028 to the Governor for signature. SB 14-028 is a bill that expands the eligibility of certain entities to receive grant funds to

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Will condo members pay to fill up their neighbor’s electric car?

They are starting to show up in parking spaces and garages in condominiums around town. The Volts, the Leafs, the Focuses, the Fits, the Teslas and more makes are on the way, such as the Sparks, the iQs, the ActiveEs

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Home Owner Associations & Electric Cars: How To Make It Work (Advice From A Pro)

Residents of condominiums and other multiple dwellings who drive plug-in electric cars are fast becoming a challenge for the managers and boards that run those buildings. Early this month, a $450 charging cable was destroyed by a vandal in a

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Chevy Volt Charging Cord Cut: Angry Neighbor, Electric-Car Hater? (FL)

Owning a plug-in electric car, as buyers learn, is a process of educating the public at large. Mostly, people are curious when they see a car plugged in to recharge. But occasionally, uglier emotions come into play.     Read more…….

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Progressive Condo Associations Working to Accommodate Electric Cars

With the spike in gasoline prices over the last five years, plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) are becoming increasingly popular, and auto industry analysts predict that Florida will be among the leading states in the country for PEVs. For those who

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Lakeville snowbird campaigns for right to drive electric car at condo

Lakeville resident and Florida snowbird Paul Least celebrated his 77th birthday in West Palm Beach on Dec. 8 with a party attended by 150 guests, and by buying himself a present: a new $50,000 Nissan all-electric powered Leaf. Now Paul

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Oregon Legal Update: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

On January 1, 2014, new laws will take effect in Oregon relating to Association requirements for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (“EVCS”). The laws will apply both to Planned Communities and Condominiums and will allow owners to install an EVCS for

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Can condo owner insist on having an electric vehicle charging station?

Question: Our 15-unit condo complex, built in 1982, has only one parking space assigned to each unit. One owner purchased an electric car and requested board permission to install an electric vehicle charging station in her assigned parking spot, costing

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Getting a charge out of your homeowners association

The state has turned to tax incentives, grants, and new laws to facilitate the development of the new charging system. And, while new laws and incentives are helping make the charging infrastructure a reality, legislation, like Civil Code section 1353.9

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Can condos and electric cars co-exist? (CA)

Electric cars and charging equipment are an easy fit for a single-family homeowner with a garage. For condo and apartment dwellers — not so much. More than one-third of San Diego County residents live in multi-family units, where overnight charging

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The Ins & Outs of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations under SB 13-126

In 1886, we were introduced to the first gasoline automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. Today, we fast forward to the first automobile powered partially or totally on electricity. Although electric vehicles (“EV”s) made a brief appearance at the

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Colorado: Get Charged Up! Electric Vehicles Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

Governor Hickenlooper signed SB13-126 into law today, requiring community associations to permit owners to install Type 1 and Type 2 electric vehicle charging stations on their lots and on limited common elements designated for an individual owner’s use. SB13-126 adds

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Developing Infrastructure to Charge Plug-In Electric Vehicles

To widely accept the use of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all-electric vehicles (EVs), consumers and fleets need a developed infrastructure of charging stations. Drivers need affordable, convenient, and compatible options for charging at home (or at fleet facilities,

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Colorado Overhauled Electric Car Charging Station Bill Passed by Senate Local Government Committee

The Senate Local Government Committee just passed out of Committee an overhauled version of SB 126 which was introduced by Senator Guzman to address the installation of electric car charging stations in apartment buildings and HOAs. In terms of HOAs,

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Extensive Electric Car Charging Station Bill Impacting HOAs Just Introduced in the Colorado Senate

Senate Bill 13-126 (“SB 126”) was introduced by Senator Lucia Guzman today in the Colorado Senate. The bill, which is intended to provide consumers with the ability to charge electric cars in apartments, condominiums and common interest communities, is quite

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Colorado lawmakers to consider electric-car friendly legislation

Linda Campbell could hardly believe it when her homeowners association told her she couldn’t park her new electric car in the garage outside her townhome or plug it in to a nearby outlet. Even more surprising, she thought, given that

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