Overcoming Barriers to Electric Vehicle Charging in Multi-unit Dwellings: A Westside Cities Case Study

Overcoming Barriers to Electric Vehicle Charging in Multi-unit Dwellings: A Westside Cities Case Study

J.R. DeShazo, Norman Wong, and Jason Karpman

The purpose of this report is to explore barriers to plug-in electric (PEV) vehicle adoption for residents of multi-unit dwellings (MUDs)within the Westside Cities subregion of Los Angeles County, and then identify MUDs within the study region that may exhibit high latent PEV demand and subsequent demand for low-cost electric vehicle charging installations. These MUDs should be a priority for targeted outreach because they are most likely to host PEV drivers in the near future. We find that the MUDs with greatest demand for PEVs and charging infrastructure within the study region are located in West Los Angeles, followed in descending order by Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Culver City, and unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County.

This report also reviews the costs associated with charging infrastructure installations at MUD sites, which are highly variable across properties. To keep charging installation costs as low as possible, property owners should consider Level 1 charging opportunities and group investments for installations. The report closes with a discussion of policy tools for scaling up charging infrastructure at MUD sites across the Westside cities subregion, concluding that targeted outreach to promote the electric vehicles, PEV rebates, and PEV-ready new construction codes are likely required to ease the MUD-related barriers to PEV adoption.