- Whether the existing local utility infrastructure is unable to supply sufficient electrical capacity;
- Whether, due to site conditions it is technically infeasible to install, maintain, and operate charging stations;
- OR, if there is a good faith effort by the garage operator/owner to engage at least two companies that install, maintain and operate EV charging stations to install the infrastructure at minimal or no cost to the garage owner but the companies declined because of financial infeasibity.
With regard to this ordinance, we sincerely appreciate elected leaders and their staff of informing us and our BOMA San Francisco Energy & Environment Committee leaders of this measure to determine the feasibility of implementing a well-intended policy objective. There were a number of possible issues that would have made the requirements of the ordinance difficult to execute if not for the explanation of the waiver process from City and County of San Francisco stakeholders and the understanding of that process from our members.
BOMA San Francisco members with parking garages/parking garage operator members, in general, have had Level 2 (or higher) charging stations for many years. The feedback received indicates that, due to a precipitous drop in those who drive to these structures on a daily basis, the usage for existing electric vehicle charging stations has diminished as well. What occurs is that those who do drive electric cars to San Francisco, either for work or to visit, can make it to the building garage and back home at the level of charge the vehicle has at the time they arrive. Also, charging a vehicle that has minimal depletion of a full charge, e.g., a Tesla 3 with 310 mile range, when it arrives to a garage means that the current electric vehicle charging stations can swap electric cars multiple times and adequately handle the vehicles that need to be recharged.
Even so, the ordinance as drafted is future-focused, as are our members. With more electric vehicles coming online and autonomous electric vehicles around the corner, this measure seems flexible enough to allow for private garage adaptability as EV chargers/battery swapping technology and need evolves.