Re: Preparing for electric cars on site
From: Jerry McIntire (
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:02:33 -0800 (PST)
Diana, if you add EV charging spots in your general parking areas, just put
them in the "bad" (more distant) spots-- or if the community wants to
encourage EV ownership, put them in the "good" locations. Either way,
prohibit non-EV's from parking in those spots. A blocked charger is of no
use-- though they can be located between two spots, so they can be accessed
from either.


Jerry McIntire
Stone's Throw Ecovillage, in the heart of Wisconsin's beautiful Driftless

On Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 8:40 AM, Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll [at]>

> We, mosaic commons, unfortunately did not prepare for electric cars so we
> are now having to figure it out after the fact.
> In our community, we have two types of parking: carports, which were
> optional to purchase at the beginning, and general parking lot parking for
> those who don't have carports.
>   The carports have electricity already installed.  Each carport houses 4-6
> cars, but the circuit that provides the electricity has enough power for
> one or at most two electric cars. (This is the "we didn't plan for this"
> issue.)
> So far, two people have purchased electric cars, and both happen to be
> people who already owned spots in carports...separate carports,
> conveniently.
> We required those two owners to install an electricity monitoring device to
> keep track of how much electricity their cars use, and reimburse the
> community for the cost of that electricity. This works out okay for now
> when we have just the two, but totally doesn't scale.
> There's a group in our community working on plans to build an additional
> carport. ( fortunately we do have space for this.). The new carport would
> be built with sufficient electricity for all the spots to have electric
> cars.  This will give us an additional 6 or so spots suitable for electric
> cars, but will only be available to those who can afford the purchase of a
> carport, which is in the vicinity of $8k.
> With the new carport in place, our community of 34 units will be able to
> support some 10-12 electric cars.  If we need more than that, we are going
> to have to do some serious thinking about economical ways to address the
> issue.
> Less technically difficult but perhaps more challenging are the social
> ramifications: other than those with carports, our community parking is
> undesignated, and the "best" spots (those closest to the units) are taken
> on a first come first served basis.  (Hotly contested, let me tell you!).
> If we set up charging spots outside of carports, how do we make sure that
> the people with electric cars can access those spots when needed?  Do we
> reserve them just for individuals with electric cars?  Is that fair to
> everyone else, who are now competing for even fewer "good" spots in the
> lot?  We have not yet addressed these questions but I'm guessing before the
> decade is out we will need to.
> Hope this is helpful.
> Diana
> On Saturday, February 14, 2015, mburkel [at] <mburkel [at]> 
> wrote:
> >
> > Winslow Cohousing is beginning to recognize that electric cars are here
> > and have started working on a plan.  I see a 2010 cohousing-L posting
> that
> > asked many of our questions but received NO responses.  In case more
> > communities have looked at the issues since then, I'm restarting that
> > thread.  Our shared electric car died several years ago and hasn't been
> > replaced but 2 members now have electric cars on site and more are
> > expected. From 2010:"I wonder what Cohousing communities are doing to
> > prepare for electric vehicles, owhich are likely to become more common as
> > the plug-in hybrids (Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt) become available. On
> this
> > list there are a few references to individual with electric cars, but not
> > much in detail or in the last couple of years.
> >  Questions: Where will such cars be parked?How many spaces are you
> > planning for?Who will pay for the infrastructure (outlets, etc)?How will
> > the electricity used by paid for (metered or flat fee paid by the owner,
> or
> > paid by the community)?Are there objections in the community to
> supporting
> > electric cars (Examples: "Internal combustion vehicles are more
> > eco-friendly." Or, "Electric cars will be acceptable only after we put in
> > the infrastructure to capture/generate renewable energy ourselves.")?
> Marci
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