The Need for Electrical Outlets in Overnight Parking Garages

The Need for Electrical Outlets in Overnight Parking Garages

I’m a Tesla Motors shareholder and would love to own a Tesla S. However, there is an impediment. I reside in a high-rise building in downtown Arlington Heights, a large suburb of Chicago. The residents of our building park overnight in a multi-level municipal garage across the street. There is no access to electrical outlets for parked cars.

I’ve been in communication with the town’s commissioner in charge of structures including parking garages. He said I was the first resident to request electrical outlets for electric cars. He claimed that an earlier study indicated insufficient public demand. However, the town does own a fleet of hybrid vehicles. I suggested that he conduct an e-mail survey of village residents to better ascertain current and future demand. He liked the idea and agreed to implement the survey.

I’m certainly not alone in my situation. I suggest that Tesla Motors educates and assists overnight parking garage operators everywhere. The costs would be inconsequential relative to the potential returns.

Curt Renz | 23. helmikuu 2013

Has anyone else considered contacting their town’s officials to suggest that electrical outlets for electric cars be installed in municipal parking garages?

Vawlkus | 23. helmikuu 2013

I'd pitch it as PR to the owners themselves, as a means of attracting customers.

ghillair | 23. helmikuu 2013

The whole Tesla community needs to activily ask for more charging options everwhere we park. Work, resturants, hotels, apartments, private parking ramps, city owned ramps, and everwhere else I missed.

bdcrane | 23. helmikuu 2013

I have a similar problem. I would love to buy a Tesla, but I do not have parking at my home (a tiny row house in Washington, DC's Foggy Bottom neighborhood). There are a couple of ev chargers in public garages nearby, but they have high hourly parking rates, and none have available monthly leases. Does anyone know if there are any incentives for garage owners/operators to install more? Alternatively, my daily commute is relatively short (~25 mi), and I wonder if I could get away with charging just once a week? I've heard that there is considerable battery drain with the car unplugged, especially in cold weather, so I don't know if that will work or not.

hsadler | 23. helmikuu 2013

Does anyone know if there are any incentives for garage owners/operators to install

Isn't there a substantial Tax break for businesses that install chargers? One of the companies that install commercial chargers, like Chargepoint, would certainly know. A lot of theirs that have been installed are free to use - there must be some way the electric is being paid for.

Brian H | 23. helmikuu 2013

8 miles lost a day is 56 miles. 5 days commute is 125 miles (one way?) If it's one way, 250+56 is too much. If that's return, 125+56 is 181, do-able with the 85kWh. The return of "sleep" changes all that to 2 miles a day, 16+250=266, very marginal unless you drive slowly, or 16+125=141, easy.

Brian H | 23. helmikuu 2013

Re: the above. Even one additional day of charging, in almost any amount, makes all options workable.

bdcrane | 23. helmikuu 2013

My commute is about 12 miles each way. I was hoping to be able to make it work with the 60 kWh model. I guess if I drive 65 mph (afraid I do on I 395), and the weather is cold, I might need to recharge before the week is out. But maybe it works with the return of sleep mode and warm weather?

But for a garage, if I want to lease a parking spot and maybe install a charger, who do I approach? The parking company (e.g. Colonial or PMI, etc) won't own the building, they just manage the parking for someone else. If I call customer service, I won't be talking to anyone who can make a decision. Just wondered if anyone out there had had success in making an arrangement.

Pungoteague_Dave | 24. helmikuu 2013


Check There are lots of DC garages with both monthly contracts and EV chargers. You should be okay with weekly charges after the next version of the software re-implements keep mode.

Curt Renz | 24. helmikuu 2013

In my OP I discussed the need for electrical outlets in overnight parking garages. Of course superchargers could be placed in them for commuters or shoppers who park there during the daytime. Solar panels could be placed on the top levels of those garages.

stevenmaifert | 24. helmikuu 2013

@hsadler - Yes there is an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit of up to $30,000 per year (2012 and 2113) per location for business/investment use for that property. That sounds like a lot of money, but when you consider the cost of running the 240V cables and installing a charger for a parking garage/structure that wasn't originally configured/constructed to support EV charging, that might not even pay for one installation. If the parking garage/structure is lighted, they could install some 120V drops with $30K. That's slow charging, but if you're parked all day, that's better than nothing.

Ref: Pg3, line 6.

Pungoteague_Dave | 24. helmikuu 2013

Superchargers cost too much and degrade battery life, so won't be installed where people park regularly. However, a HPWC would be a good idea...

ghillair | 24. helmikuu 2013


If you look at line 4 of the 8911 it is 30% of your investment (after accelerated depriciation) to a max of 30K.

To get a 30k credit you need to invest aleast 100k.

stevenmaifert | 24. helmikuu 2013

@ghillair - You are correct. I could have worded it better :)