1 - Electrical Closet Location
Most condo/apartment buildings have your electrical closet located inside the common area parking garage. Please take a picture of your electrical room showing the area surrounding it, including the floor, ceiling, and nearby walls.
2 - Area Between the Electrical Closet and Parking Space
Next, please take several pictures showing the area between the electrical closet and your assigned parking space. This can be accomplished with one or two good panoramic pictures, or more standard pictures.
We need to see how far the circuit would be and what type of ceiling or walls are present, as this is typically the largest component of an installation in a common area parking garage.
3 - Assigned Parking Space
Please take a picture of your assigned parking space, including nearby walls or columns where your EV charger could be installed. If the picture shows several parking spaces, please indicate which one or two you will park in.
4 - Meter Bank Area
You may need to ask your HOA or maintenance group for access into the electrical room. Once inside, please take a picture of the meter bank where your round utility smart meter is located, including the area surrounding it. Your electric meter should be labeled with your home or unit number.
This will help us see where we could install any necessary electrical components, and how we would route our conduit.
5 - Main Circuit Breaker in Meter Bank
Please share a picture of your home’s main circuit breaker in the meter bank. Please lift the plastic cover next to the utility meter labeled with your home number and take a picture of the circuit breaker underneath. This will tell us the amperage (size) of your electrical system.
If the electrical system is older, there may not be a plastic cover over your main circuit breaker; it may be nearby labeled separately
6 - Electrical Room Walls
Please also share several pictures of the walls in your electrical room. This will help with knowing how to route our conduit, and seeing what the walls are made of (concrete, sheetrock, etc.).
7 - Electrical Sub Panel Pictures
Please share a legible picture showing the circuit breakers and labeling in your home’s electrical sub panel. You may need to take several pictures to ensure these are legible and can be read.
8 - Parking Garage Sketch
Last, please sketch a simple overhead view of your common area parking garage, including the location of your electrical room, your assigned parking space(s), where you’d like your charger installed, and the entrance to the garage. Ideally this sketch would include additional details like how many parking spaces are between the electrical room and your assigned parking space. This should be relatively simple, even sketched on a legal pad.
Any Other Relevant Pictures?
Our requested list of pictures doesn’t always capture all the info we need for our pre-engineering work to create a good recommendation and estimate. If you think there are other pictures that will help us understand your project or home, please share as many as you would like!
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