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The Elysian in Los Angeles: first apartment building in the nation to provide free EV charging for tenants

It’s about time!

Linear City Development announced Thursday that The Elysian, a fancy new 96-unit apartment building in Los Angeles, will offer free electric vehicle charging for tenants. The developer has installed 20 Level 2 Chargepoint EV charging stations and will cover the cost of electricity for the life of every original EV-driving tenant’s lease.

It’s no secret that in cities like San Francisco, there’s a lot of apartment dwellers who would love to go electric but don’t have a dedicated garage in which to charge. Most electric vehicles are driven by homeowners.

“The lack of chargers in apartment buildings is one of the biggest obstacles to widespread electric car adoption,” said Linear City partner Yuval Bar-Zemer. “We want free EV charging for renters to be seen as a standard amenity.”

Rents in the eight-story building, located at 1115 Sunset Boulevard in Victor Heights, will range from $1,500 to $6,500 a month. Parking spaces, offered as an option, will cost an additional $100 to $150.00 each month. An onsite EV car-sharing program will also be available – so some residents may realize that it’s not even necessary to own a car, if they can share an EV with their neighbors.

This being L.A., the Elysian also comes with a 24/7 gym, outdoor yoga deck, and custom-made fire pit.

Photograph of The Elysian courtesy of Zan Dubin Scott.

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Written By: Dana Hull