SWTCH Energy Unveils SWTCH Control To Solve EV Charging Capacity Challenges At Aging Multi-Tenant Buildings

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The launch of SWTCH Control, an energy management tool that dynamically modifies the energy used by EV chargers based on a building’s actual energy consumption, was announced today by SWTCH Energy, a pioneer in developing electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for multi-tenant buildings across North America. SWTCH is now extending access to the tried-and-true solution, which enables building owners to safely and effectively install and manage up to 10 times more EV chargers without the need for an expensive infrastructure investment. The solution is already in use at a few select buildings across North America.

“More than one-third of all North Americans live in multi-tenant properties, and most still can’t charge at home. This bottleneck is only going to get tighter as more people choose to drive EVs,” said Carter Li, CEO of SWTCH. “We’re excited to demonstrate how SWTCH Control tackles the main challenge to retrofitting existing multi-tenant properties for EV charging: electrical capacity. Our solution provides unmatched visibility into building electrical loads and available capacity, and early adopters have been able to instantly expand their charging options and/or make EV charging possible for the first time.”

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SWTCH Control is an intelligent load management system that keeps an eye on energy use in multi-residential buildings and distributes charging to times when there is less demand. By dynamically changing on-site charger output depending on tenant energy usage spikes, SWTCH Control offers real-time awareness and gives multi-residential owners and operators peace of mind. The system ensures the electrical capacity of the building is never exceeded and that all electric vehicles are fully charged by the morning, utilizing periods of lower demand throughout the night. This will help building owners and managers, so they can maximize the number of chargers that can be installed in their buildings safely and efficiently.

The chargers are also continuously monitored by the software, which offers round-the-clock technical help to guarantee that any hardware problems are quickly fixed.

“Utilizing SWTCH Control to execute our plan to install and manage EV chargers at Skyline’s properties has been a seamless experience,” said Rob Stein, President, Skyline Energy. “We’re future-proofing our buildings to benefit our tenants and incorporate clean energy alternatives that reduce our carbon footprint. SWTCH’s software takes the electrical load management off our hands while providing a solution that makes financial sense.”

Building owners and managers are under more pressure than ever to future-proof their facilities without investing in expensive modifications, and SWTCH Control satisfies the enormous demand for multi-tenant EV charging. EV adoption is expected to continue accelerating.

With states like California, Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, and New York proposing EV charging readiness standards for new multi-residential buildings, the move from nice-to-have amenity to must-have need for EV charging at multi-residential buildings is only growing.

In order to meet its goal of having all new vehicle sales be EVs by 2035, Canada is working to evaluate building regulations in provinces like Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia. These provinces include British Columbia, which has already passed EV charging readiness regulations, and Quebec, which is in the process of doing the same.

“Providing ample EV charging for our residents, tenants, and customers is only going to become more important in our fast-changing markets, and SWTCH Control has been key to supporting our efforts in this space at many of our latest projects, be it in Los Angeles, Chicago, or Vancouver,” said Duncan Wlodarczak at Onni Group, an international all asset class real estate developer with projects across North America.

“We’ve been able to install the initial chargers to meet current demand, but more importantly we feel confident in our ability to manage adding additional chargers in the near future as the US and Canada continue to break records for EV adoption and EV-readiness.”

About 500 real estate clients have utilized SWTCH to date, and the company presently oversees over 10,000 chargers on its network. A number of these clients use SWTCH Control to continuously monitor the energy use of their EV chargers.

SWTCH also has a partnership with Electric Circuit that allows users of either service to access thousands of charging stations across North America. Using their existing preferred network, account users can access either network without the need to create a new network account. SWTCH users gain access to more than 3,800 chargersincluding 600 fast-charging stations, in Québec and parts of eastern Ontario.

Source & photo: SWTCH via businesswire

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