[Oeva-list] Not EV Friendly apts.

Philip N Barnhart phil at barnhart.us
Sun Aug 12 18:05:15 PDT 2012

Quinn raises an issue that will become much bigger as EVs become more
numerous. Multifamily housing facilities (Apartments, Condos and the like)
have mostly not started addressing this issue. Everyone has a parking space
but no easy way to get power to it for recharging. Some electric power
companies are helping out in small ways, but we need to do more.

A couple of ideas occur to me:

 As new places are built there might be a requirement for some charging
stations and easy ways to add more later. Perhaps there should be a default
way to pay for the power used. As I am learning, retrofitting can be quite

I wonder if someone could be enticed to set up a web site or data base with
info about where the management innovators are or rather the apartments
they run. It would provide good info for someone like Quinn and perhaps
keep those units rented a bit more- a benefit for the owner. Anyone who has
information could contribute.

Bill proposals for the next session of the Oregon Legislature are due in
mid-September. I would love a few more (and better) ideas. After all, the
best way to keep your car charged is to do it overnight at your home.


Phil Barnhart
State Representative (and soon to be an EV owner)
Central Lane and Linn Counties

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM, Quinn Sullivan <qsullivan11 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello All,
> So I am moving from Milwaukie to Portland this month and I need a place to
> plug in my converted electric vehicle.  I looked at a place and asked if I
> could pay to have an outlet installed by a licensed electrician, and either
> have the outlet tied to my meter or pay a flat rate every month.  For the
> last year my current apartment management allowed the latter and it worked
> great.  She said she'd have to ask her management (American Property
> Management) and they said no, no explanation given.  This is disappointing,
> and kind of surprising that they would not work with me at all because this
> issue is not going to go away.  It seems American Properties is the largest
> apartment manager in the Portland area.
> Does anyone have any ideas about how to proceed?  I would like to contact
> American Property Management, even if it is probably a lost cause.  But I
> still need a place to live so I want to be civil about it.  If Walmart has
> EV charging stations it seems odd that one can't get just any kind of plug
> at the place they live, even if it's 120V.  It's near Powell and 28th, EV 4
> Oregon and Hopworks both have J1772 charging stations within walking
> distance, but I don't know how everyone will like me parking there several
> times a week.  Perhaps there's someone in the neighborhood that would be
> willing to strike a deal with me to make a little extra money, just for
> letting me charge there.  Any other ideas and suggestions are greatly
> encouraged.
> Best Regards,
> Fellow EV Owner Quinn Sullivan
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