When Bosa built the Madrone down in Mission Bay, five electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with two plugs each were installed in the building’s garage for a total of ten potential parking spaces from which EV’s, such as a Tesla, can be charged.
While the ten spaces for EV’s were a selling point for Bosa’s sales team, they’re now a point of contention among some of those who bought. And while the charging stations were originally free to use they are no longer, and the cost of charging an electric vehicle in the building can now be more expensive than an equivalent tank of gas.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, San Francisco households paid an average of $0.228 per kWh for electricity in July. Madrone’s charging stations have been set to charge $1.25 per kWh, around five times the going rate and a rate at which it cost one reader around $80 to fully charge, a cost which is greater than an equivalent amount of gas on a cost per mile basis.
At the same time, there’s a battle brewing over even being able to access the building’s well-located charging spots. While a number of the coveted spots were originally assigned to owners without electric vehicles, the building’s bylaws specified that the spots could be reassigned to owners of electric vehicles as needed. Now that they’re needed, however, a number of non-electric vehicle owners have threatened legal action should their coveted spaces be reassigned and their parking space moved.