EV charging for apartment dwellers is a challenge. Click above to watch video after the jump.

Recently, we got an email from a reader named Bernadine asking about apartment dwellers charging their plug-in cars. She wrote:
I would like to see Autoblog contact, address, and consider how would apartment dwellers fit in the scheme of things by the manufacturers of "green" vehicles. I am quite sure there are others, like myself, who would love to purchase or get in line to order such vehicles. However, we do not have garages or nearby outlets that we can access to charge our vehicles, once purchased. Are there any projects in place that will address the needs of apartment dwellers? Will our local gas stations be transformed into electric stations?
Turns out, Bernadine isn't the only one thinking about this particular issue. We covered it in some depth about a year ago in this Greenlings article, which noted that, in 2009, Mitsubishi helped develop an electric vehicle charging system for apartment buildings in Japan. More recently, our friend Paul Scott and Santa Monica Nissan did a presentation very subject at a local library. The panelists included people with deep knowledge of EVSEs, permitting and other related issues. You can watch a well-edited video of that event provided by Plug In America after the jump.

Lastly, we have some news about charging for people without a garage or a dedicated parking space. A company called 350Green is bringing a fast EV charging station network to the U.S. that is designed specifically for this type of plug-in driver. The network is made up of DC fast chargers that will be installed at "select, high-traffic retail locations" in six cities in the Bay Area. Find more details in the press release on the other side of the jump.

[Sources: Plug In America, 350Green]





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350Green Announces Plans for National Network of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Network will make EV ownership possible for residents who don't have home garage charging, and more convenient for those who do

SAN FRANCISCO (February 1, 2011) – 350Green (www.350green.com), announced its plans today for a national network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Starting with its first project in the San Francisco Bay Area, the company plans to install and operate stations across urban retail shopping centers and other places near where EV drivers live and work. This approach aims to address two of the most vexing challenges facing widespread adoption of EVs: range anxiety and access to a garage for overnight charging.

"Most of the early focus around EV infrastructure has been on putting charging stations in the home garages of customers, which is great if you have a garage. But since many residents in cities don't have access to a garage, this effectively limits the number of people who can participate in the EV revolution," said Mariana Gerzanych, 350Green's founder and CEO. "Because our public charging stations with fast chargers will be widely and conveniently located near where residents live and work, EV ownership will suddenly become an option for all, regardless of whether they have access to charging in a personal garage."

The Bay Area project is funded in part by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) as part of its "Spare the Air" program, which also aims to make owning an electric vehicle in the Bay Area a viable option for residents.

"As part of protecting the air quality in the Bay Area, we're committed to making electric vehicle technology available to all," said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Bay Area Air District. "Adding to our electric vehicle charging infrastructure will make it easier for Bay Area residents to Spare the Air every day by going electric."

350Green will build and operate fast charging station plazas in six cities around the area: Albany, Menlo Park, Milbrae, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Sunnyvale. All of the plazas will be installed in the parking lots of select, high-traffic retail locations, at no cost to the host location.

According to the BAAQMD, the transportation sector accounts for more than 50 percent of air pollution in the Bay Area. Significant emission reductions from the transportation sector will help the Bay Area attain and maintain state and national air quality standards.

Production numbers from EV automakers project approximately one million EVs on US roads by 2015, and possibly 27 million (or 10 percent of all vehicles in the US) by 2020. In the Bay Area, the percentages are even higher: there may be almost 400,000 EVs on the road in the Bay Area by 2020 – or 12 percent of all the area's vehicles.

350Green will announce specific locations in the coming weeks, and construction, operation and management of its Bay Area network of direct-current (DC) fast chargers and Level 2 chargers will be complete by June 2012. Additional markets around the country in which 350Green will build networks will be determined in collaboration with the company's city and state partners, as well as stakeholders in the various communities.

350Green's innovative technology and strategic approach enables its municipal partners to meet the demand for regional EV charging by creating a private-public partnership. As a project developer, 350Green creates customized programs that feature best-of-class technology that meets the needs of each project.

About 350Green
350Green is a project developer that designs, builds and operates scalable networks of plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the US. The company distributes its stations at select, high-traffic retail shopping centers and other places near where EV drivers live and work, to create the most expansive and convenient network of EV charging locations. More information on 350Green and its projects can be found at its website: www.350green.com.

PANEL ON ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING FOR MULTIFAMILY HOUSING

Industry Experts Offer Immediate Solutions & Suggestions for Progress

MEDIA: VIDEO OF THE PANEL WILL BE POSTED ON WWW.PLUGINAMERICA.ORG BY 2/1/2011, 8 A.M. PST

SANTA MONICA, CA, Jan. 14, 2011--How can condo and apartment dwellers charge their electric cars without a home garage? To answer the question, Santa Monica Nissan will present a free public panel about Electric Vehicle (EV) charging for multifamily housing residents on Monday, Jan. 31, 6:30-9 p.m., at Santa Monica Public Library, Main Branch.

Only last month, in a historic transformation of the transportation industry, Nissan began to deliver the first mass-marketed EV, its all-electric LEAF. Homeowners who purchased or leased the cars are having chargers installed in their garages. But policies and practices for installing these high voltage chargers in multi-family dwellings are just now evolving nationwide.

"I get questions about this almost daily," says Paul Scott, a national EV expert who sells the LEAF at Santa Monica Nissan. "Our panel will provide immediate solutions to some of the challenges surrounding charging options for multifamily housing residents and offer suggestions for progress going forward."

Panelists will include representatives from Southern California Edison, The City of Santa Monica Building and Safety Division, and Clean Fuel Connection, Inc., an EV charging-infrastructure company. Independent EV-charger installer William Korthof, who, like Scott, has driven an EV for years, will also participate. Scott, a co-founder of Plug In America, the nation's leading EV advocacy organization, will moderate.


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350Green Announces Plans for National Network of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Network will make EV ownership possible for residents who don't have home garage charging, and more convenient for those who do

SAN FRANCISCO (February 1, 2011) – 350Green (www.350green.com), announced its plans today for a national network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Starting with its first project in the San Francisco Bay Area, the company plans to install and operate stations across urban retail shopping centers and other places near where EV drivers live and work. This approach aims to address two of the most vexing challenges facing widespread adoption of EVs: range anxiety and access to a garage for overnight charging.

"Most of the early focus around EV infrastructure has been on putting charging stations in the home garages of customers, which is great if you have a garage. But since many residents in cities don't have access to a garage, this effectively limits the number of people who can participate in the EV revolution," said Mariana Gerzanych, 350Green's founder and CEO. "Because our public charging stations with fast chargers will be widely and conveniently located near where residents live and work, EV ownership will suddenly become an option for all, regardless of whether they have access to charging in a personal garage."

The Bay Area project is funded in part by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) as part of its "Spare the Air" program, which also aims to make owning an electric vehicle in the Bay Area a viable option for residents.

"As part of protecting the air quality in the Bay Area, we're committed to making electric vehicle technology available to all," said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Bay Area Air District. "Adding to our electric vehicle charging infrastructure will make it easier for Bay Area residents to Spare the Air every day by going electric."

350Green will build and operate fast charging station plazas in six cities around the area: Albany, Menlo Park, Milbrae, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Sunnyvale. All of the plazas will be installed in the parking lots of select, high-traffic retail locations, at no cost to the host location.

According to the BAAQMD, the transportation sector accounts for more than 50 percent of air pollution in the Bay Area. Significant emission reductions from the transportation sector will help the Bay Area attain and maintain state and national air quality standards.

Production numbers from EV automakers project approximately one million EVs on US roads by 2015, and possibly 27 million (or 10 percent of all vehicles in the US) by 2020. In the Bay Area, the percentages are even higher: there may be almost 400,000 EVs on the road in the Bay Area by 2020 – or 12 percent of all the area's vehicles.

350Green will announce specific locations in the coming weeks, and construction, operation and management of its Bay Area network of direct-current (DC) fast chargers and Level 2 chargers will be complete by June 2012. Additional markets around the country in which 350Green will build networks will be determined in collaboration with the company's city and state partners, as well as stakeholders in the various communities.

350Green's innovative technology and strategic approach enables its municipal partners to meet the demand for regional EV charging by creating a private-public partnership. As a project developer, 350Green creates customized programs that feature best-of-class technology that meets the needs of each project.

About 350Green
350Green is a project developer that designs, builds and operates scalable networks of plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the US. The company distributes its stations at select, high-traffic retail shopping centers and other places near where EV drivers live and work, to create the most expansive and convenient network of EV charging locations. More information on 350Green and its projects can be found at its website: www.350green.com.