Condominium meetings can be a lot of people’s worst nightmare and it is not always easy to get an understanding between people who, even though they share the same space, have no common point. So, before you park your electric car in the place reserved for you in the garage, which is everyone’s space, and decide to connect the plug to the socket, avoid problems and follow a good practice guide, with some tips in the mix. However, whatever you do, resist the temptation to place cables outside the building’s windows: in addition to the façade being a common asset, this solution, which is widely seen on the streets of national cities, can jeopardize the safety of all who inhabit your building.
Start by informing your neighbors
It can happen that you buy the car and leave the issue of charging in the garage at home for later – either because you can charge it during the day at work, or because there is a public pay station near the places where it stops during the day, or because simply the investment proves to be an effort after having acquired a mobility solution that does not excel at low prices. But the sidelong glances won’t be long as the neighbors see a car plugging into the common space. To avoid conversations, inform your neighbors about purchasing an electric car and talk about what you plan to do when it comes to charging.
Prepare the installation
It is possible to install charging points or electrical outlets even in spaces that are in common use. However, before doing so, it is necessary to observe the technical requirements, established by the General Directorate of Energy and Geology (DGEG), for common areas of the building. The Technical Guide for Electrical Installations for Powering Electric Vehicles is available online and contains information on all the parameters necessary to proceed with the installation of a charging point. It is certain that the installation can be facilitated in buildings whose construction takes place after 2010; in buildings built prior to that date, the installation of a charging point will require approval by the joint owners.
Inform the condominium
Is it time to start thinking about charging the car during the night? In this case, start by gathering the necessary information and, as soon as you have guaranteed the possibility of seeing a charging point installed, make a communication to the condominium administration about your intentions – the information must be in writing, preferably by registered letter, at least thirty days prior to the date of future installation.
Who pays for the installation?
If you choose an individual charging point, please note that all expenses will come out of your pocket. In the event that the condominium chooses to oppose its installation, as opposed to a collective solution, the payment for the work will be the responsibility of the condominium.
And who pays for the shipments?
The ideal is to associate a charging point with an autonomous meter relating to the fraction in which the owner of the electric vehicle resides. Energy providers have solutions for these specific cases. In the case of EDP, for example, there is the possibility of installing a wall box, which allows charging for between two and five hours. As for common condominium solutions, with mounted charger, the same company provides a module that identifies and controls access to the charger, allowing quick and easy settlement of accounts between the resident and the condominium. Do as you do, don’t let anyone think you’re also paying for your car load – it’s probably going to be discussed at the next meeting.