It often help to see how others have approached this so visit the Case Studies page to read how other developers, property owners, management companies and home owner associations have planned and provided PEV charging infrastructure for their residents.

You can also visit the States page for more information about MHC-related resources and to get connected with local resources and contacts in your state.

Since plug-in vehicles need to be charged frequently, it is recommended that you explore your charging options before acquiring an electric vehicle. For many drivers, home charging provides the most convenient and affordable way to charge your vehicle.

​The ideal situation for a multi-housing occupant would be to have a charging station by a dedicated parking spot at or near their building. This might not be possible in every case, but it is worth looking into all options and seeing if you can find a way to get a satisfactory charging setup. There really aren’t any silver bullet solutions for multi housing charging (MHC)—instead, every system has to be designed on a case-by-case basis, looking at the vehicle owner’s needs and the property limitations, whether physical or legal. The good news is that this doesn't necessarily mean big investments and high usage fees, but finding the right solutions might require a bit of legwork. 

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HOme Charging benefits

  • Range security
    The opportunity to charge at home during the night ensures that you will have a full driving range available every day, thereby increasing range comfort.

  • Preheating/cooling
    Most EVs have the option to set your car to preheat or precool before you even get into the car. Home charging will allow you to fully enjoy this feature without using the vehicle batteries and shortening the range.

  • Battery thermal management
    Most EVs have an active battery thermal management system, which keeps the main battery pack within the correct operating temperature range. If the vehicle is not plugged in, the system might have to use the energy stored in the battery pack to manage the temperature. This would lower the state of charge in the battery pack and therefore limit the available driving range.

  • Purchase decision influence
    Purchasing an electric car can be a wise move, but the decision has many implications. The knowledge that you can charge your vehicle at home will make that decision easier.

​If, after all the planning and negotiations, you find out that there is no way to arrange for the necessary charging infrastructure at your home, consider whether any of the following options might work for you:Try to secure a dedicated nighttime parking spot with charging infrastructure from a nearby parking facility.Explore whether you could arrange charging solutions at your workplace. You can find more information on workplace charging by visiting Look at the availability of public charging infrastructure nearby.

  1. Download the MHC Decision Process worksheets from the Tools page and start the process by filling in the vehicle and user related information.
  2. Contact your homeowner association, building manager or owner and tell them about your plans to acquire an electric vehicle.
  3. Share the MHC Decision Process worksheets with them and ask them to visit for more information.
  4. Use the MHC Decision Process to calculate, decide and plan for PEV charging infrastructure with your multi housing property management.
  5. Visit the States page for more information about MHC related resources and contacts in your state.
  6. Find out more general information by visiting the Resources page.
  7. Learn, educate, negotiate and work to find the right solutions.

You should start by downloading the MHC Decision Process worksheets from the Tools page. These tools will help you and the multi-housing property management calculate, decide and plan for PEV charging infrastructure.

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