Using electric cars in housing companies
What is your housing company's current capability for charging electric cars? How much free capacity does your housing company have, and how many cars could be charged with it?
To install charging points for electric cars, the owner of the property must take a decision on the matter – in a housing company, this means a joint decision of the shareholders of the housing company in a general meeting. In decisions taken by housing companies, it is important that all shareholders are treated equally when costs and responsibilities are allocated.
How to organise the charging of electric cars in your housing company
Learn abut charging solutions and explore your needs
What is the number of electric cars and rechargeable hybrids in your housing company now and in the near future, how many kilometres are driven daily and to what extent do you want to prepare for future needs? Read more about the types of charging solutions on offer and what should be considered when choosing a solution.
Present the matter to the board of the housing company and obtain consent
The board of your housing company should be informed on the project and its alternative solutions well in advance. Since the matter often entails a lot of uncertainty and open questions, we have gathered an extensive neutral material package for you. With the help of the material, you can present the benefits, costs and possible drawbacks of the various alternative solutions as well as the principles of the project.
Commission a current-state survey of the electricals of your property
An expert will come on site to study the current state of the electricals of your property, as well as how your electrical system is currently suitable for charging electric cars. As a result of the study, you will get a report indicating the information of your site and what alternatives you have for organising charging.
Tender the overall solution and installation
Once the needs and conditions have been studied, the overall solutions and related installation can be tendered. This will also clarify the actual costs of the project.
Drive affordably and in an environmentally friendly manner
Once the charging points are installed, you will enjoy the environmental friendliness, the silence, the vision and the increased value of your property that this solution of the future brings. Happy driving!
Frequently asked questions
What does is cost to install charging points for electric cars?
At its simplest, a charging point can be a household socket or a charging device that uses the electrical wiring of an existing outdoor socket for car heating. Installing this type of 'slow charging' requires no electrical work. The electrical safety of a household socket for charging a car should, however, be checked with an expert. Charging devices cost around 700–1,200 euros.
Faster Type 2 charging solutions cost slightly more for the equipment and are more likely to require changes to the electrical system.
When acquiring multiple charging points, the cost of the work per charging point is usually lower than in small projects. When at least five charging points are installed, it is also worth applying for an ARA subsidy, which can cover up to 50% of the alteration and equipment costs of the electrical system.
From whom do I need to get permission to install charging points?
If the parking spaces are under the control of the housing company, the general meeting decides on the acquisition of charging points. You should primarily contact the board of the housing company to address the matter. However, if it does not take up the matter, you can request in writing that the matter be addressed at a general meeting. This must be done in good time before the general meeting.
If the parking spaces are under the control of the shareholders themselves, the situation is similar, but a 2/3 majority at the general meeting is needed for the permission. An agreement is usually also concluded between the housing company and the shareholder on responsibilities and the costs of the charging point and its maintenance. Other matters to be defined are the duration and termination of the agreement. When the shareholder moves, they are usually liable for all costs incurred or undertake to dismantle the charging equipment installation.
How do I know if there is enough power in our housing company for charging electric cars?
The easiest way to find out the free capacity of your electricity connection is to order an electric car charging survey, which will not only determine the status of your electricity connection, but also how your electrical system is implemented and what condition it is in.
At the end of the survey, you will receive a report listing both the solutions for which the free capacity of your electricity connection is sufficient and any changes that may be needed to your property's electrical system. You will also receive a recommendation on what should be done in your situation.
What affects the choice of a charging solution?
The condition, age and implementation of a residential building's electrical system have a big influence on the type of charging solutions recommended for the property and how safe it is to charge an electric car, for example directly from a household socket.
The sufficiency of your electricity connection should also be examined. If its capacity must be increased to enable charging of electric cars, the electricity distribution network may also need to be strengthened. For these matters, you should consult an electrical designer.