Installation of Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings in British Columbia

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2018

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Lopez-Behar, Diana
Froese, Thomas M.
Tran, Martino

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Abstract

Electric Vehicles (EVs) contribute to the mitigation of climate change through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, when powering with sustainable sources of electricity. The province of British Columbia (BC) is an attractive location for EV deployment since most of its electricity is sourced from clean renewable energy sources. Due to their driving range and potential to reduce local emissions, EVs work well in urban contexts, where most residential buildings are located. As a result, residents from Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs) are among those interested in becoming EV owners, thus requiring access to charging infrastructure, especially overnight home charging, which is the preferred charging alternative. However, most residential buildings are not equipped with charging infrastructure and its installation can have numerous challenges that can turn into barriers. This study aims to explore the implications and challenges involved in the process of EV charging infrastructure installation in MURBs. By identifying present and future barriers to infrastructure provision, potential policy actions to address them can be recommended.

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Electric vehicles, EV charging infrastructure, residential buildings

Citation

D. Lopez-Behar, T. M. Froese, and M. Tran, “Installation of Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings in British Columbia,” 1st International Conference on New Horizons in Green Civil Engineering (NHICE-01), Victoria, Canada, 2018.