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COIL's Turn-key Solutions Shake Up the EV Charging Industry
Driven by operational efficiency and powered by sustainable technology, COIL is the nationwide leader in providing a full service solution for EV charging. COIL digitizes the inefficient processes for electrical installations and enables an end-to-end system that coordinates the many stakeholders: customers, installers, OEMs, regulators, utility and channel partners. COIL UP – Making new energy adoption a seamless end-to-end experience COIL’s Unified Platform (COIL UP) offers a suite of services to these stakeholders, solving their EV needs from a simple residential EV install to commercial multi-charging installations. COIL iQ -- Driving the growth of electrical mobility by automating sales & operations COIL iQ, their software solution, was born out of COIL’s initial pain points as an electrical installer. As a company they noticed that renewable technology adoption had a huge gap between purchasing renewable equipment to implementing installation. “COIL’s platform aims to simplify the overall customer experience when purchasing renewable energy equipment. Our platform which includes install and software services, bridges the gaps between installation, customer service, and technology, making the installation process less daunting and widespread adoption more achievable.” - Bobby Penn, General Manager at COIL COIL continues to innovate to meet the needs of the industry, creating a one-stop shop of solutions for installers and manufacturers. COIL’s vision remains to enable widespread EV adoption and make the future of renewable energy possible, one installation at a time. To Read More, Visit: https://evinfo.net/2022/04/coil-is-disrupting-the-ev-charging-industry-with-their-turn-key-solutions/
EV Charging Station Levels: What Level Is Right For Your Property?
Whether you’re new to researching electric vehicles or own one and want to research EV charging at home, the most common question is: “What is the difference between a Level 2 and Level 3 EV charger?” Not all EV charging stations are created equal but that doesn’t mean it has to be confusing or daunting! Knowing the difference between each EV charging level will help you determine the best option for your electric vehicle charging needs when considering installing a charging station at your property. To start, there are three levels of EV charging: Level 1 - Plug-in, Slowest, Least Recommended Level 2 - Hardwired, Full Charge in 4 to 5 Hours, Highest Recommended for Residential Level 3 - Direct Current Infrastructure, Full Charge in 30 Minutes, Recommended for Commercial Properties Each of these levels differ in charging speed, total equipment and installation cost, and the electrical infrastructure already existing at your residence. Level 1 being the lowest cost and Level 3 being the highest cost for installation. The newer generations of electric vehicles have been built to accept a certain amount of power, so there’s no worry about a certain level being too powerful for your EV. Your car won’t allow the charger to receive more power than it can handle. Level 1 EV Charger The Level 1 EV Charger is the slowest charger, usually being able to plug-in to a 120(V) AC outlet. Provides 3 to 5 miles of range per 1 hour of charging, taking around 40 hours to fully charge the EV. Level 1 EV chargers are convenient since they can be plugged into basically any household outlet, but they aren’t compatible with Level 2 or Level 3 chargers, and definitely don’t compare in charging times. That is why we recommend spending a little more on at least a Level 2 EV charger for the quicker charge times. If you’re looking to install an EV charging station at your residence, COIL most likely recommends going with a Level 2 EV charging station. Level 3 charging stations are generally a lot more expensive and take more electrical infrastructure, making Level 2 the more practical option. Level 2 EV Charger If you own or have researched electric vehicles and their chargers, you’ve seen Level 2 EV chargers. These are the most common chargers because they can charge your EV 3 to 5 times faster than the standard Level 1 EV charger. Level 2 provides 10 to 20 miles of range per 1 hour of charging via 240V (residential) or 208V (commercial) outlets. This level of charging can usually reach full charge from empty within 4 to 5 hours. Not only is a level 2 EV charging station faster than level 1, it’s also still affordable and the necessary electrical infrastructure is commonly found in place already. Level 3 EV Charger While the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 EV chargers seems big, it doesn’t compare to the jump between Level 2 and Level 3. Level 3, also known as DC Fast Charging, provides 20 to 70 miles of range per 20 to 30 minutes of charging, meaning it can fully charge an empty battery in 30 minutes! That’s FAST. Level 3 EV charging stations are rare to have installed at a single family home due to the price of not only the equipment but the necessary electrical infrastructure to get it installed. In order to install a level 3 charger, a three-phase input is required and your electric vehicle must have DC fast charging capabilities. These requirements often cost tens of thousands of dollars to install, resulting in the equipment possibly costing more than the electric vehicle itself. For these reasons, Level 3 are most commonly found in public charging areas with high traffic. What Level EV Charger Should I Get Installed At Home? COIL recommends installing a Level 2 EV charger at your residence. It’s powerful enough to charge your EV in a convenient amount of time with the added convenience of being at home. Whether you live in a single family home, apartment, multi-unit, or HOA, COIL provides the services for end-to-end EV charging installation. We will personally handle everything - determining which charger is best for your property, pulling permits, working with your HOA or property manager, and installing the necessary infrastructure. If you’re a business owner with a property that already has the required infrastructure, Level 3 DC Fast Charging Stations are a great option for you! These charging stations can potentially be a lucrative return on investment with RFID options built in. COIL can handle your Level 3 DC Fast Charging Station installation needs from start to finish. We provide design and engineered plan sets, load calculation management, permit services, direct unit metering solutions, power sharing solutions, installation, configuration, HOA solutions, and EVSE administrative payment solutions. Other benefits of installing a Level 2 Charger at home are local incentives and rebates. COIL provides our customers with local county and state incentives available on EV charging equipment or cost of installation. Reach out to COIL for an EV charger installation quote today!
COIL wins Small Business of the Year - Press Release
COIL earns Small Business of the Year Award at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - Excellence in Business Awards SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- October 29, 2021-- COIL, the experts in solution design and installation for renewables, announced today it has earned the Small Business of the Year Award from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Excellence in Business (“Ebbie”) Awards. The 30th annual Excellence in Business Awards celebrates and recognizes the Bay Area’s visionary entrepreneurs, top business leaders, and exemplary corporate citizens. “Small businesses are the backbone to our economic recovery, the Small Business of the Year award is awarded to the small business that exemplifies the diversity of products and services that are uniquely San Francisco,” said Paul Brown, SF Chamber Board Member and Area Vice President of National Accounts of Blue Shield of California. “COIL supported the expanding green energy market and provided critical infrastructure to residential and industrial sites during a very tumultuous year of wildfires and the ongoing pandemic. Despite the pandemic, they continue to grow. COIL’s developed software that will modernize the electrical industry, and their customers appreciate the value and use of their tools.” “Our innovation is based on bridging the gap between customer service, installation and technology to enable the adoption of electric vehicles, personal mobility, and renewable energy,” said Bobby Penn, General Manager of COIL. “COIL has developed a front-end customer support software which has been currently adopted by large automotive and charging manufacturers, and implemented nationwide. The innovation and vision we developed here in San Francisco continues to have ripple effects within the industry.” The Ebbies ceremony was presented virtually this year and recognized COIL for demonstrating an entrepreneurial spirit that reflects the city’s future. With this award, COIL joins the Ebbies Hall of Fame, which honors San Francisco’s most innovative business leaders. To learn more about the SF Chamber of Commerce and the Ebbies awards, visit: www.sfchamber.com. ABOUT COIL INC.
COIL, Inc. is revolutionizing the electrical industry through innovation, enabling the future of renewable energy. We partner with OEMs, channel partners, and other service providers to identify, install, and provide the best electrical solutions. COIL, Inc. serves thousands of customers and businesses nationally through its two business units: COIL, a premier, full service electrical installer specializing in new energy installations, and COIL iQ, a customer service software platform for Electricians & the Renewables Industry. To learn more, visit www.coil.co MEDIA CONTACT Melinda Huot email@example.com
COIL - The EV Charging Experts at Electrify Expo
Press Release Irvine, CA - COIL, the premier Electrical Service provider, will be participating in Electrify Expo, the largest e-Mobility Festival in North America. The event launches in Southern California on September 18-19th. As the premier EV charging installer at the Expo, Coil will be presenting an interactive demo on Level 2 & 3 EV charging solutions for commercial, multi-unit, and residential dwellings. Industry analysts project that Electric Vehicles will surpass Internal Combustion (ICE) vehicles in sales by 2040. In order to fulfill this vision, the current infrastructure needs to be drastically updated. EV installation is often overlooked as the last step, but in reality, installation is the most critical and challenging step for EV adoption. COIL willingly takes on this challenge, believing that installation infrastructure is key for EVs to become mainstream. With COIL iQ, COIL's internal software and operational platform, along with partnering with industry leaders: Tesla, Wallbox, Xeal, and Enel X as a certified installer, COIL is fulfilling the promise of energy transformation. COIL has developed innovative solutions for multi-unit buildings and fleet deployments, cementing them as the experts in EV technologies. COIL is revolutionizing the Electrical Service experience, and empowering consumers to adopt EVs with ease and confidence. "Experiencing e-mobility products in an environment like this is a game changer. Electrify Expo offers a tipping point moment for people curious about how these products perform. This is North America's largest demo-day for electric vehicles," said Electrify Expo founder, BJ Birtwell. Electrify Expo’s immersive outdoor experience will bring together the world’s leading e-mobility brands such as BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Polestar, Bosch, Super 73, Onyx Motorbikes, Evolve Skateboards and many more. Attendees will get the opportunity to ask the experts at COIL what charging solutions are best suited for them currently or in the future. Irvine attendees will get the chance to enter and win a free EV charger installation! Tickets are on sale now for $20 for Electrify Expo - Orange County, (September 18-19). Kids five and under are free. About COIL, Inc. COIL, Inc. is revolutionizing the electrical industry through innovation, enabling the future of renewable energy. We partner with OEMs, channel partners, and other service providers to identify, install, and provide the best electrical solutions. COIL, Inc. serves thousands of customers and businesses nationally through its two business units: COIL, a premier, full service electrical installer specializing in new energy installations, and COIL iQ, a software management tool for Electricians & the Renewables Industry. To learn more, visit www.coil.co
The EV Solution for Multi-Unit HOA & Property Managers
CASE STUDY “The simplicity of the Wallbox solution made Pulsar Plus an easy choice” As the adoption of electric vehicles in North America accelerates, an increasing number of HOAs and property managers are faced with challenges in finding the right EV charging solution for their multi-unit communities. While managed, subscription-based options exist, these typically lock communities into expensive, complex, long-term contracts. A multi-unit community in San Francisco, California looked to COIL and Wallbox for a better solution and found it with the Pulsar Plus. The Challenge As is increasingly the case at multi-unit properties, the 320 Alabama Street HOA was tasked with addressing increased demand for EV charging from unit owners. Each individual owner was seeking their own charging solution, but with more than a dozen EV owners and with challenging physical limitations within the building, the HOA wanted to find a standardized solution that would simplify the installation and allow individual owners to charge their EVs while not limiting or affecting other residents who might want to install EV charging in the future. For the installation to be successful, the HOA wanted to ensure that: 1) power usage was billed directly to the unit; 2) the HOA would not be responsible for the installation costs; and 3) power would be distributed equitably based on the limits of the building and future potential demand. The Solution The 320 Alabama HOA turned to San Francisco- based COIL to help them identify and install the right EV charging solution for their community. Based on the needs of the building and owners, COIL determined that the Wallbox Pulsar Plus was the best option for the community. “The HOA was looking for a charging solution that they didn’t have to manage, didn’t have to pay a monthly subscription fee to maintain, and which had the flexibility to grow in the future,” said Raymond Difley, President 320 Alabama HOA. “On top of that, the HOA was concerned about the power demands of connecting multiple, independent chargers, so finding a solution that allowed chargers to work together was also an important selling point.” “The Pulsar Plus ticked all the boxes for what the HOA was looking for,” said Bobby Penn, General Manager of COIL. “Power Sharing was the first thing that we looked at, and while a couple of other chargers offer a version of this, no one else implements powersharing as simply and as reliably as the way Wallbox does.” The independent nature of the Wallbox system was also a key selling point. “Most of the other solutions explored by the HOA came with long-term contracts, considerable ongoing monthly fees, and complicated billing and reimbursement schemes,” Penn added. “The simplicity of the Wallbox solution made Pulsar Plus an easy choice.” “Power Sharing was the first thing that we looked at, and while a couple other chargers offer a version of this, no one else implements powersharing as simply and as reliably as the way Wallbox does.” The Project For this project, COIL installed and networked 13 Pulsar Plus chargers, with sufficient room for the remaining unit owners to join the system in the future. COIL utilized a meter tap arrangement that runs a dedicated EV circuit from each unit’s electrical service to a sub-panel that in turn serves the individual charger assigned to the unit, allowing for direct billing to each owner based on their own consumption. “Installation was straightforward and made easier with clear installation guidance and documentation from Wallbox,” Penn said. Wallbox chargers, including the Pulsar Plus, utilize a thin wire CAN-Bus configuration for Power Sharing, allowing each charger to work together to dynamically balance power delivery to each connected vehicle and ensure that total demand does not exceed the power available to the chargers. In combination with the onboard intelligence inside each charger, Wallbox Power Sharing works without the need for an active Internet connection, which is often both expensive and a challenge, especially for underground parking areas. “Installation was straightforward and made easier with clear installation guidance and documentation from Wallbox,” The Result “Our client is thrilled to have solved their EV charging challenge with a solution that is easy to use, lets owners operate and manage their own EV charging, and doesn’t require a monthly fee to maintain,” Penn said.“ The owners are happy in knowing that the system is working to charge their cars, while the HOA is happy knowing that the system is working to charge everyone’s EV while keeping the building’s power supply from overloading.” As one of the first multi-unit installations of the new Pulsar Plus in the United States, the Wallbox North America team worked closely with the COIL team throughout the process, from pre-sales support and training through the final installation and configuration of the Power Sharing system, ensuring a seamless experience, both for COIL and for the HOA. Penn remarked, “Wallbox was fantastic throughout the process. This is a true partnership and we are thrilled to be working together with the Wallbox team.” “While we originally targeted the Pulsar Plus for single-family residences, the technology is ideal for multi-unit installations as well,” said Brett Graessle, head of sales and business development for Wallbox North America. "Together with COIL, we have quickly proven this concept with this installation in San Francisco, and we are excited to continue our partnership to bring our technology to more homes and communities across the region.” About COIL COIL is a premier, full-service electrical installer specializing in new energy installations. COIL partners directly with OEMs, channel partners, and other service providers to identify and install the right electrical solutions for their clients, which includes residential customers (consumers), commercial customers, property management companies and HOAs, hotels, government and civil agencies, and general contractors.
COIL Launches Partnership with Wallbox
****PRESS RELEASE**** COIL LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP WITH WALLBOX TO EXPAND EV CHARGING SOLUTIONS TO MULTI-UNIT BUILDINGS IN THE UNITED STATES SAN FRANCISCO, CA. March 2021 -- COIL Inc., the Bay Area’s premier Electrical Service provider announces their partnership with Wallbox, the Barcelona, Spain-based manufacturer of smart electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions. COIL is the first Bay Area partner to introduce the Wallbox Pulsar Plus as a premium EV charging solution for multi-unit buildings. Recent studies show over 80% of Electric Vehicle owners charge at home, and they prefer having a dedicated Level 2 EV charging station. COIL and Wallbox address the multiple challenges that Multi-unit buildings face with upgrading their building’s infrastructure to support the demand for home EV charging. COIL’s standardized installation process and the Wallbox Pulsar Plus charger provides an innovative solution for HOA’s and property managers who want the convenience of fast home EV charging, power sharing management, and the opportunity to install future charging stations. COIL and Wallbox recently installed and configured chargers for a 23 unit building in San Francisco, California. “The HOA was looking for a charging solution that they didn’t have to manage, didn’t have to pay a monthly subscription fee to maintain, and which had the flexibility to grow in the future,” said Raymond Difley, President of 320 Alabama HOA. “On top of that, the HOA was concerned about the power demands of connecting multiple, independent chargers, so finding a solution that allowed chargers to work together was also an important selling point.” COIL uses a straightforward and approved National Electric Code (NEC) installation method called a “meter tap”. The benefit of this process is that all electricity is billed directly to the unit, versus managing the house electricity, there are no monthly fees or payment plans, and no extra hardware or specialized equipment is needed to track the electrical usage. The Wallbox Pulsar Plus charges up to 40amps (Level 2) and also has dynamic power-sharing functionality. Built-in load balancing allows owners the ability to charge multiple EVs at once by distributing power across connected chargers. Using the myWallbox app, owners can schedule and monitor charging remotely, as well as view usage statistics and estimated costs of charging, allowing customers greater autonomy over their electrical usage. “While we originally targeted the Pulsar Plus for single-family residences, the technology inside the charger makes it ideal for multi-unit installations as well,” said Brett Graessle, head of sales and business development for Wallbox North America. “Together with Coil, we have quickly proven this concept with this initial installation in San Francisco, and we are excited to continue our partnership to bring our technology to more homes and communities across the region.” ABOUT COIL INC. COIL Inc. launched in 2019 to provide a premium digital experience for customers adopting new technologies such as EV chargers, home battery backup systems and electrically powered IOT devices. COIL believes that purchasing and installing these devices should be a simple, efficient and a seamless customer experience. COIL's vision is to revolutionize the electrical Industry through innovation enabling the future of renewable energy. Learn more at www.coil.co ABOUT WALLBOX: Based in Barcelona, Spain, Wallbox designs, develops and manufactures intelligent charging solutions for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids for both home and business use. Its customers include major automobile manufacturers and large electricity utilities. Research, technical development, product testing, and manufacturing are all carried out at the company’s Barcelona headquarters, where Wallbox has a large engineering team. Wallbox currently has subsidiaries in Germany, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, France, United States (Silicon Valley) and China (Wallbox FAWSN Charging Systems Co Ltd. JV). Learn more at https://wallbox.com Media Contact: Melinda Huot 415-779-3022 ext. 706 firstname.lastname@example.org
COIL wins the Bronze Stevie Award in Sales & Customer Service
For Immediate Release: February 4, 2021 Media Contact: Melinda Huot 415-779-3022 ext. 706 email@example.com ****PRESS RELEASE**** COIL INC. ACHIEVES THE BRONZE STEVIE AWARD HONOREE AT THE 15TH ANNUAL STEVIE AWARDS® FOR SALES & CUSTOMER SERVICE: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - COIL Inc. was presented with a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Sales & Customer Service category in the 15th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are the world’s top honors for customer service, contact center, business development and sales professionals. The Stevie Awards organizes eight of the world’s leading business awards programs, also including the prestigious American Business Awards® and International Business Awards®. Winners will be recognized during a virtual awards ceremony on April 14. More than 2,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry, in 51 nations, were considered in this year’s competition. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 160 professionals worldwide on nine specialized judging committees. Entries were considered in more than 90 categories for customer service and contact center achievements, including Contact Center of the Year, Award for Innovation in Customer Service, and Customer Service Department of the Year; more than 60 categories for sales and business development achievements, ranging from Senior Sales Executive of the Year to Sales Training or Business Development Executive of the Year to Sales Department of the Year; and categories to recognize new products and services, solution providers, and organizations’ and individuals’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From a Stevie Awards official judge, “this company has developed a way of modernising the electrical industry, which has fallen behind and shown itself barely capable of handling developments such as electric vehicles (on and off road), renewable energies and rapid quoting. Whilst not neglecting the services in the field the company has given equal attention to customer services and software development. By so doing it has gained considerable advantage in a market where less prescient players have folded under the strain. Commendable.” “We have been driven by supporting our partnered companies and remaining focused on exemplary customer support which has helped us achieve and maintain high rankings such as being the premier EV installer for the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Laurie Luther, COIL's Director of Administration & Customer Service. “Creating simplicity and efficiencies is a key factor in advancing an archaic industry into the new technological ways of life today.” “In the toughest working environment in memory for most organizations, 2021 Stevie Award winners still found ways to innovate, grow sales, please their customers, and secure new business,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher. “The judges have recognized and rewarded this, and we join them in applauding this year's winners for their continued success. We look forward to recognizing them on April 14.” ABOUT COIL INC. COIL Inc. launched in 2019 to provide a premium digital experience for customers adopting new technologies such as EV chargers, home battery backup systems and electrically powered IOT devices. We believe that purchasing and installing these devices should be a simple, efficient and a seamless customer experience. Our vision is to revolutionize the archaic electrical Industry through innovation enabling the future of renewable energy. ABOUT THE STEVIE AWARDS: Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com. Sponsors of the 15th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service include Sales Partnerships, Inc., and ValueSelling Associates, Inc.
EVs: Hollywood Got it Wrong
EV’s: Hollywood Got It All Wrong The Last Chance, starring Lee Majors was released in 1981 based on a 2011 future where internal combustion engines were outlawed. Franklyn Hart, played by Majors was a former race car driver who rebelled against the regime to drive his Porsche race car out west from oil-free tyranny. Today, Porsche produces some of the most sought after electric vehicles including the Tycan generating over 750 horsepower, roughly 100 more than Major’s race car in the movie from a 4 door street legal family sedan. Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise features self driving electric vehicles akin to cryogenic space pods and the examples continue throughout Hollywood dogma. Electric vehicles are tied to a bleak authoritarian future. The reality is a startling contrast and truly allows consumers to reimagine what a vehicle is and offer options, performance and reliability internal combustion engined (ICE) vehicles can never match. We are witnessing a massive transformation of our energy and transportation infrastructure that benefit consumers. These benefits include unprecedented performance compared to ICE vehicles, a budget Chevrolet Bolt has similar performance to BMW’s sports car M3 from the 1990’s. Even more exciting is the rise of boutique EV vehicle manufacturers such as Alpha Motors’ ACE which is a two door sports vehicle reminiscent of a classic British or Italian sports car. Ford has released an electric Mustang, a rumored electric Corvette SUV is in the works and GM’s reintroduction of an all electric Hummer with 1,000 horsepower is able to keep up with super cars. Lets not forget the oil changes, SMOG checks, break jobs, and mechanic visits which are all but eliminated. As consumers, we are beginning to view our vehicles differently, not simply as transportation but part of our technology ecosystem. Integration into our daily lives continues with new potential uses such as Wallbox’s Quasar which turns your EV into a portable battery powering your home. These vehicles will soon become payment gateways, entertainment centers and lifestyle spaces which are open platforms for developers to create experiences. From vehicle share platforms to rolling power storage to computing and data centers, EVs are exciting and allow us to imagine a fun, exciting and vibrant future even if we continue to call it the gas pedal. Lee Majors driving a Porsche 917 in The Last Chase © Argosy Films 1981
The Off Highway EVolution
As the EV market continues to grow and expand, industries are rapidly trying to adapt to make sure they're well equipped with the necessary infrastructure to meet their consumer's needs. Our society's on-demand culture and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has only perpetuated consumers' demand for goods. We have grown accustomed to having our goods delivered efficiently and conveniently. From delivering produce to ordering your 'Work From Home' set up, we have never been more isolated and dependent on services like grocery & 2-day delivery. All of these factors have led industry leaders to question their carbon footprint. The fleet of the future is EV! Amazon has released their latest all electric delivery van this past October, hoping to have over 100,000 EV delivery vehicles out on the open road by 2030. From a manufacturing industry standpoint, there's a sufficient demand for EV forklifts and high powered charging stations to be installed in factories throughout the country. As the premier electrical contractor for industrial and commercial installations, we here at COIL have been consulting & installing new EV fleets for an array of companies & industries, such as Pepsi Co. Let us help your industry modernize and become an integral part of the EV revolution!
COVID 19 Configuration of Public / Commercial Spaces
Offices, Hotels, Restaurants and Retail Reconfigure for Social Distancing The COVID 19 Pandemic has significantly affected how we interact with each other which will have long term implications on public and commercial space design. While many restrictions may be temporary (we hope) the long term effect of the pandemic will be a change in the design landscape of how we work and play. We at COIL have begun working with many of our partners to reconfigure and adapt to the safety requirements mandated by local authorities. Commercial / Offices With the rise of the remote workforce, many designers have begun to plan for a hybrid model; part time in the office and part time remote. Reconfigured offices would have limited desks which have been appropriately spaced with the office layout focused on in person team meeting spaces. Many employees would transition to a work from home model with scheduled in person, in office meetings which have already been announced by major companies. The move to “team huddles” allows for greater flexibility of the office space, reduced footprint (cost) and reduced exposure. The following are to be considered as this spaces are re-designed: Data / Connectivity With a shared / communal work space, reliance on wifi and mobile computing will dramatically increase as well as having sufficient lighting and outlets to power those devices as they are spread out over the office. Wireless WIFI access points (WAP) - these would be increased to allow for coverage and increase bandwidth being used by video and increased wifi users Lighting - with a shift to a more spread out office, sufficient lighting will need to be available for those areas Outlets - ensure that outlets are easily accessible especially when tables and chairs are are placed apart from each other and away from walls or existing power rails Hotels Hotel lobbies are being reconfigured to allow for a more flexible space. Individual pods and separated reception / concierge desks offer increased protection to meet social distancing requirements. The increased need for outlets and lighting in new areas is needed. Please feel free to contact us to better understand how we can assist in reconfiguring your space to meet new COVID 19 and social distancing guidelines.
Multi-Unit Shared Charging for Property Managers and HOAs
New Revenue Streams and Lower Installation Costs Currently, there exists many shared or managed EV solutions targeting multi-unit condo or apartment properties. These solutions are based on a business model of where the tenant pays a monthly charge for EV electrical usage and the property manager is reimbursed. Often times, the reality of these programs are: All upfront installation fees are borne by the property owner which are significant; the equipment is expensive and the ROI is long The property continues to pay a monthly fee for maintenance in addition for the full electric utility for EVs used by the tenant Reimbursement to the property owner occurs months later The tenant is required to use an app for charging and creates confusion each time charging occurs A Simpler Approach For most property manager, a flat monthly EV charge has shown to be a simple solution with the following results: Immediate monthly revenue from tenant for EV usage Easy billing, property managers are well adapt at charging additional fees for upgrades Easy to use by tenants and lower installation costs No monthly fees for EV maintenance or ongoing charges Comparing managed solution with COIL COIL Revenue Benefits vs. 3rd Party Managed Solutions The Property Manager bills a flat monthly fee to the tenant vs. having to use complicated apps and quarterly payouts by 3rd parties Most properties understand and manage this process very effectively, no need to have a 3rd party involved in a basic property management function Simple billing for the tenant and a constant revenue stream for the property manager Electrical costs assessed on a yearly basis based on a baseline COIL Costs Benefits vs. 3rd Party Managed Solutions COIL offers reduced installation costs by using industry standard outlets and connections which allows the tenant to use their own portable chargers With 3rd parties, there is a very high upfront installation fee or substantial monthly adder We eliminate the need for costly equipment such as chargers and sub meters ELIMINATE MONTHLY FEES - 3rd party's business model is an ongoing monthly fee which is becomes very costly over time COIL Experience Benefits vs. 3rd Party Managed Solutions COIL uses standard equipment and there isn't a managed app or cumbersome log-in procedures to charge Out solutions are "Plug and Play" Installations are standard which can be easily be serviced and managed vs. equipment which will need to be replaced due to technological obsolescence Conclusion For instances where the HOA or the Property Management will provide EV charging solutions, COIL can develop a fully customized solution generating immediate monthly revenue, lower installation costs and easy to use and maintain solutions.
Installing an EV Charger in My Condo or Apartment Building
Many options exist and solutions for multi-unit buildings As a San Francisco based Electrical Service Provider specializing in EV solutions, many of our customers live in multi-unit properties (Condos / Apartment Buildings) with a shared garage. Based on our experience the following are typical concerns voiced. Can we even do it? EV charging needs to be tied to my unit’s meter and not shared by others or the HOA The HOA requires qualifications, plans or scope, permits Until very recently, most multi-unit buildings were not designed for onsite EV charging and the building’s electrical system was designed for efficient power delivery to the unit. Most multi-unit buildings were designed with a stack of meters (typically on the ground floor in the garage or electrical room) for each unit and from there, powering their residence via a sub panel installed inside the unit. In most cases, the sub panel with the breakers are nowhere near or easily accessible to the garage or location where the EV charger is to be installed. However, there are techniques and technologies which allow us to “tap” the power at the meter and “splice” into the power feed to the unit. Figure 1. A typical multi-unit meter which feeds the unit. The “black boxes” next to each meter is the main circuit breaker which powers the sub-panel inside each unit. Figure 2. A sub panel which is located inside the unit away from the garage where the EV charger needs to be installed Installation Complexity Location of Meters Low: Inside garage on same level Medium: Electrical closet on same level or 1 floor above or bellow Offsite, multiple floors away Garage Levels Low: Single level Medium: Up to 2 levels High: Multiple level garage EV Charger Location Low: Line of site, same level Medium: Single level away with a clear path High: Multiple levels or buildings away Building Types Low: Low-Rise (4 floors or less) Lofts, townhouse Duplexes or single-story multiplexes Medium: Mid-rise High: Hi-rise Complexes Our installations insure that power is being used from the appropriate unit owner’s meter and is not using “house” power. Depending on power requirements and availability of power, or solutions include either a small sub panel which is mounted nearby the electrical meter (known as a meter tap) or we use a power management system such as the DCC Electric Vehicle Energy Management System. Based on the load available to the building and the unit, we are able to determine which solution is ideal. Lower per unit installation cost, economies of scale can be achieved when multiple installations are done through combined wire runs and panel installations. COIL works with HOAs to provide all required documentation, compliance and regulatory compliance. We are certified with most manufactures including Tesla, ChargePoint and ClipperCreek and carry the required insurance and workman’s comp required. These documents will be provided during the HOA approval process.