If Daryl Simpson is right, electric vehicle charging stations are the new granite countertops.
The Bosa Properties development company is among the first in North America to offer clients
their own personal electric vehicle charging station in their parking spot. “We want to give condo
owners the same flexibility as single family house owners,” Simpson says of the impetus
behind the installation of charging stations in Bosa Properties’ developments, dubbed BosaVOLT.
The $4,900 option is currently available at five company developments – four in Metro Vancouver
and one in Victoria – and Simpson reports 16 stalls with EV chargers have already been sold.
Those properties include Evergreen, Lido, Promontory, Viceroy and Sovereign. “Our hope is
people ask other developers to do this,” adds Simpson, Bosa’s director of sales and marketing,
noting that it has only been recently that such charging stations were allowed in new condo
For $5,000 – which is simply tacked onto the unit’s price – an owner gets a two-stage charging
station capable of recharging an EV car from empty to full in four hours or so. Current EV cars
available in Canada include the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV and Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with more
coming soon. These charging stations are much more than just a three-pronged plug as you’d
use for your lawn mower – they are industrial grade units connected to transformers by large-gauge
Simpson acknowledges the dozen charging stations earmarked for each development surpasses
the need today, “but who knows about tomorrow?” To that end, every new project Bosa Properties
brings online in the future will feature EV charging stations, offering clients a motoring option that
once seemed the stuff of science fiction movies.