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Case Study

Quintessence

With the aim of giving all its residents access to electric vehicle charging at home, the Quintessence condo board opted for RVE technologies. In addition to standardizing the layout of the charging stations and electrical infrastructure, the installed products were able to minimize initial costs, which were shared fairly, and reduce the administrative management required to set up and maintain the installations. The project benefited from the expertise of engineering firm Carbonic, and that of the Lilco Électrique team for the installation, which took place in 2022.

Technical Specifications

Type of construction

existing building (retrofit)

Type of occupancy

condo

Building size

101 to 200 units

Number of floors

11 to 20

Number of parking spaces

101 to 200

Location of electricity meters

Location of parking spaces

indoor, covered

Type of parking spaces

assigned

Products Used

Challenge

Powering an electric vehicle charging infrastructure in a multi-unit building where the electric meters are located in the garage basement (accessible).

Solution

Using a homogenous solution was possible to power charging infrastructure between all units of this condo building and the EV chargers that were requested to be installed. Indeed, all meters are accessible, allowing the use of DCCs everywhere.

The charging stations installed were all limited to 20A to enable all residents to plug in their electric vehicles simultaneously, and thus protect the building’s electrical service entrance.

DCCs have been installed for all units in the building:

  • DCC-9-BOX, DCC-9-BOX6 and DCC-11-BOX to provide charging infrastructure without installing chargers right away
  • DCC-9 for units with an electrical panel of 125A and less wanting a charger now
  • DCC-11 for units with an electrical panel of 200A and less wanting a charger now

A HUB by RVE has also been installed in the electrical room:

  • The condo board wanted to have visibility over the building’s overall energy consumption, in order to understand how its electrical infrastructure was being used, and to be able to anticipate energy needs and offer the essential service of a full charge to all residents.
  • Without the installation of the HUB in this multi-unit residential building, the main service entrance would have had to be upgraded for a capacity of 546 kW (equivalent to 71 charging stations at 7,7 kW each). The work would have cost over $500,000, according to Lilco Électrique, the master electrician specializing in the installation of charging stations who carried out the work. By contrast, the HUB costs around $20,000, representing a saving of $480,000.

“I think every condominium project should have a system like this to protect [the electrical infrastructure] and promote green energy. It’s been done brilliantly [by RVE].”

Jocelyne Guertin
Administrator of Quintessence

DCC-9-40A
DCC-9-BOX6
DCC-9-BOX
DCC-11
DCC-11-BOX
DCC-11
HUB