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Howdy! I picked up a shiny new blue Premier about a month ago. I have an ugly commute from Oakland to Palo Alto in the San Francisco bay area, and the Volt turned out to be exactly the right car for me. It's going to end up being a high-mileage vehicle, though-- I've already put 2000 miles on it.

So far, I mostly love it. The Bose sound system sounds pretty muddy to me but since 90% of my listening is podcasts I don't care that much. OTOH, adaptive cruise control is fabulous for my stop-and-go commute. The biggest annoyance is that I live in a condo, and I haven't yet attempted to work with my HOA to install charging equipment in the garage. Since the building is single-meter and I don't want my neighbors to pay for my car fuel I think I'll probably end up with the ChargePoint that meters and pays the HOA. Thoughts?
 

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California more or less requires an HOA to accommodate people who want to charger their cars. There are a lot of rules of course, but basically what works for you and the HOA is the best solution. Just depends on the parking situation. It's usually easy to add a subpanel and second meter but that can get expensive. If the HOA is forward thinking it will come up with a more comprehensive plan since you won't likely be the last person with an electric car. Given the cost of trying to precisely measure the electric usage of every parking spot, he best solution would be to run 120v outlets to every spot and not worry about it or charge people with an electric car a flat fee.
 

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Welcome to the DARK SIDE :D
 

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... Since the building is single-meter and I don't want my neighbors to pay for my car fuel I think I'll probably end up with the ChargePoint that meters and pays the HOA. Thoughts?
What you all share the cost of extravagant hot baths?

I say an adequate extension cord out the window in the dark of night, and you too shall be driving mostly for free, young man!

What's a few kWh's between neighbors?
 
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