Multi-Unit Dwelling

Charging Infrastructure at Multi-unit Dwellings

The market for plug-in electric vehicles is growing every month – and with it, the need for more places to charge.  To date, much has been done to accelerate installations of charging equipment in single-family homes. However, less progress has been made in multi-unit dwellings (MuDs), where 34 percent of Californians reside.    

emPower the People Tools - How to Advocate for Electric Vehicle Charging at Your Property

Guidelines and Documents

Case Studies 

Decision Guides

Survey Tools for Property Owners, Managers and HOA's

As property managers and home owner associations consider adding PEV charging to thier properties, the first step is to find out the current and future interest in PEVs from thier tenants. Below is a survey that can be administered in hardcopy form (Option 1) or via electronically (Option 2).

Option 1: Issue hardcopies of survey to tenants

  • Download letter and survey template to issue to tenants.
  • Edit the letter and survey to include survey deadline and indicate where tenants should submit their survey.
  • Issue hardcopies of survey to each tenant (i.e. via mailbox).
  • Once completed surveys are received, review and summarize the results to decide if there is a need for electric vehicle charging. Consider conducting this survey on a regular basis to gauge interest in PEVs over time.

Option 2: Send out survey electronically


Webinar Series

The PEV Collaborative is hosting a webinar series on PEVs and PEV Charging. 

2014 Webinar

On October 1, 2014, Industry experts presented about the growing PEV market, why you should install charging, the steps involved and what other properties have done to address this increasing need.

Outreach Tools

If you are going to an event and want to promote charging at MuDs and the PEVC documents, feel free to make copies of the MuD Tipcard.


  • Assembly Bill 2565 - provides that for a residential lease executed, extended, or renewed after July 1, 2015, “a lessor of a dwelling shall approve a written request of a lessee to install an electric vehicle charging station at a parking space allotted for the lessee that meets the requirements of this section and complies with the lessor’s procedural approval process for modification to the property.” The law does not apply to residential properties with less than five parking spaces, properties that are subject to rent control, residential leases where no parking is provided as part of the lease, or residential properties where EV charging stations already account for at least 10% of available parking spaces.
  • Senate Bill 880 - protects the rights of residents of multi-unit dwellings, affirming that "it is the policy of the state to promote, encourage, and remove obstacles to the use of electric vehicle charging stations." The legislation makes it illegal to impose any condition that "effectively prohibits or unreasonably restricts" installation of charging in an owner's designated parking space. If the charging unit is installed in a common area, the law states that certian conditions can be imposted, e.g. a $1 million home owner liability policy that names Home Owner Association as an additional insured.


Find copies of articles here that have been published in different trade magazines that address PEV charging at MuDs.