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23.11.2022

E-mobility is underway - what should you consider?

In the current ramp-up of electromobility, a rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure is needed. In the best case, this will take place where vehicles are parked most of the time - at home and at work. In terms of home charging, the development of charging infrastructure in a homeowners' association (WEG) sometimes involves increased complexity. Below are several points to consider when setting up your charging solution at your WEG parking space.

The 4 most important points for the installation of a wallbox in your WEG

Clarify your ownership

If you want to acquire charging infrastructure collectively, then you should consider the energy distribution at your parking spaces. A charging infrastructure concept (LIS concept) can be useful here. In this concept, the procurement of the charging infrastructure as well as the actual installation work can be planned precisely and thus contribute to a simple implementation. If no joint acquisition of charging infrastructure is possible in your WEG, then you must take care of the wallbox and supply line yourself; in most cases, approval of your project by the WEG is not necessary.

Address the topic of charging infrastructure in a WEG meeting

It is important to talk about whether charging infrastructure makes sense in your COA. Talk about the fact that you might get an e-service car, which should also be charged at your home. Maybe another party in the WEG is already thinking about getting an electric vehicle. A decision should then be made as to whether charging infrastructure should be set up in the WEG in the foreseeable future and what the requirements are for the individual parties. According to WEMOG §20.2.2, "each condominium owner may demand reasonable structural changes that serve the charging of electrically powered vehicles." The individual owner must therefore be granted a charging option. Keep in mind that the WEG site should be reviewed for electrification and a LIS concept should be created. It may take some time until a concrete plan for the electrification of the site, as well as an accurate cost estimate is available.

Have a technical concept drawn up and take into account subsidies

Your WEG does not need a feasibility analysis, but a LIS concept as well as a concrete plan for the implementation of electrification to significantly simplify the installation of the charging infrastructure. This concept is used to check whether a simple power connection to the house distribution is sufficient, or whether there is the possibility in your WEG to introduce a new connection point from the public power grid at your place. Most public utilities require a construction cost subsidy for the installation of a new connection point. In addition, your WEG must provide a new electricity meter and the appropriate sub-distribution. This financial burden is much easier to bear as a community, so it makes sense to gather the requirements in your WEG to agree on a suitable list of requirements. There are currently few funding programs at the federal and state level for this use case. However, local subsidies from municipalities or energy suppliers can be interesting. Therefore, you should research exactly which subsidies are eligible for you in order to avoid unnecessary costs. inno2fleet can support you with a concrete electrification planning and a technical concept for your location. This will also take into account all subsidies that are eligible for your location.

Agree on a cost allocation within the community

Note that once the resolution to build a charging infrastructure in your WEG has been passed, the costs for implementation will be shared fairly. This should also be recorded in your resolution. It is important to note §21.2 paragraph 1 of the WEMOG, which states that if a 2/3 majority of the owners voted in favor of building a charging infrastructure in your WEG, all parties of the WEG must bear the costs equally. It applies regardless of whether you also want to use the charging infrastructure or not. If there is no 2/3 majority in your WEG, only the owners who have decided to build it have to bear the costs. All other parties do not have to contribute to the costs of the charging infrastructure installation. However, if these parties wish to use the charging infrastructure at a later date, these parties must buy in from the "owners of the charging infrastructure" on a pro-rata basis. This can result in high costs, as any subsidies do not have to be passed on, or the charging infrastructure does not usually suffer any loss in value.

Of course, you can also adjust the cost allocation individually and thus make the costs fair for the WEG. For example, it makes sense to pay jointly for the necessary provision of a charging infrastructure up to the parking lot and each party bears the costs for the so-called "last mile" (charging station incl. connection from the parking lot) itself.

We are happy to support fleet managers in providing employees with a charging option at home, even in COA residential cases. The right solution for you can certainly be found.

 

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Christopher Spiegelfeld
Product Manager with technical background in mechanical engineering and management | 3 years of professional experience in the field of e-mobility
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