04-20-21

Ways of Owning an EV (Electric Vehicle) for Apartment Dwellers | Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen Blog

There are plenty of benefits associated with owning an EV, and as gas-powered vehicles are slowly phased out, eventually if you own an automobile, it will be an EV. Not only are EVs much better for the health of our planet, they offer plenty of convenience too as, unlike gas-powered vehicles, they can be ‘powered up’ at home.

But not everyone has the option of charging their EV at home, as not everyone owns a house with a convenient parking and charging location. Plenty of people live in apartments and condominiums and have to park their vehicle wherever they can find a parking place. This dissuades such people from owning an EV, as they can only charge their vehicle at places that could be miles from where they live, and there’s always the risk of their EV running out of charge as they journey to the nearest convenient charging station.

So, this begs the question – what are the most convenient ways of owning an EV for apartment dwellers where a charging station or docking point cannot be arranged?

The Government is Looking at Ways of Making EV Charging Station Installation Easier

The good news for apartment dwellers who wish to own an EV is that your government is already thinking of you. The best way to encourage the use of EVs is for multi-unit dwellings such as an apartment block to have designated parking spots, some of which will have EV charging stations. Laws have been passed and legislation is being considered to make it easier for building owners to install EV charging statuibs. Indeed, some laws may make it a necessity that any multi-unit dwelling has at least the potential and ability for charging stations to be installed.

Of course, you may think that the obvious solution is for an apartment owner to apply to be allocated a dedicated parking place, and then pay for the installation of an EV charging point themselves. That, however, comes with another heap of issues. Apartment ownership is much more fleeting than home ownership. What happens if a tenant pays for a dedicated parking place and the installation of a charging point and then – due to a change of circumstances – is forced to move out six months later?

An Apartment Building with EV Charging Stations will Make it More Attractive to Potential Tenants

The onus, therefore, as many people argue, is for building owners to install charging stations. When it comes to getting their apartment rented, having dedicated parking spots and EV charging stations makes rental more attractive to potential tenants. Low-level charging stations are not actually that expensive to install, and an EV left to charge overnight at even a low-level charging station should have enough power come the morning to get any EV owner to any fast charging station within a 100 mile radius.

Of course, multi-unit dwelling does not always mean that a single person owns the entire unit and then rents out each individual apartment. Often tenants each own their individual apartment and then have shared ownership of the unit. In situations like this, the installation of a charging station becomes a little more complicated as the cost of installation is usually seen as a group expense, and not an individual one. However, if the installation is seen as a benefit to the whole group for the attraction of future owners and not just the owner of the EV who desires the installation, then agreements can be reached.

The new 2019 Nissan LEAF e+ has a 62 kWh battery pack and an EPA-estimated range of up to 226 miles. Sales in the U.S. are expected to begin in spring 2019.

Here at the Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen showroom, we always have a decent selection of EVs and hybrid vehicles available for purchase, so please check out our inventory. If you want to learn more, then you can always contact us at (956) 423-6975 or online through our contact form.

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10-25-20

Fall is the Perfect Time to Declutter the Garage!

There are two times a year when serious cleaning takes place: spring and fall. The latter usually involves a lot of decluttering. We all know that the one spot that usually needs a lot of work is the garage.
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02-27-20

How to Create a DIY Roadside Emergency Kit

Roadside emergencies are often the last things on our mind when we hop into the driver’s seat for a trip to the store, work, or weekend away.
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02-25-20

Step-By-Step Guide to Connecting Your Smartphone to NissanConnect®

In-car connectivity features like Bluetooth®, Android Auto™, and Apple CarPlay® have transformed the way drivers interact with their devices while behind the wheel. Most 2020 Nissan models come standard with all three of these connectivity features but getting them set up can be a bit tricky at times. That is why we at Charlie Clark Nissan Harlingen have put together this guide to how to use Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ in a 2020 Nissan.
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02-19-20

What Is the Nissan Switch Program?

The Nissan brand is joining the world of subscription services with what it is calling Nissan Switch. This “on-demand driving” program is launching in the Greater Houston area and is designed to allow drivers to test out different Nissan vehicles to help plan their next purchase and also switch up their daily vehicle when they need a change. Get all the details on the Nissan Switch vehicle subscription service below and find out how you can take part in it.
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10-11-19

Tips to keep in mind when driving with children as passengers

Safety is always important, especially while driving. When you are driving with a young child, there are some extra precautions you should take. We want to get into the tips right away so keep on reading to learn more about what you need to keep in mind before you drive with young passengers. 
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07-23-19

How can I prevent my car from being broken into or stolen?

Unfortunately, we live in a world where theft and stealing is a regular occurrence. A lot of things are out of your control when it comes to other people stealing things, but there are a few precautions that you can keep in mind when it comes to protecting your vehicle from being stolen or broken into. Keep reading below to learn more!
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07-21-19

How do I choose the right vehicle for me?

Time for a new ride? Finding your next vehicle can be exciting but it can also be overwhelming if you do not know what you’re looking for. If you do not already have a specific vehicle in mind that you know you will be getting, there are some things to consider first to help the shopping process.
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07-11-19

How do I change the oil in my car or truck at home?

Is it almost time for an oil change on your vehicle? It might be time for you to consider taking care of the oil change yourself to save some money and give you the confidence that the job is done right! Although some people believe that this is a job that can only be done by a mechanic, changing your oil can be done in just a few simple steps!
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07-10-19

Is it safe for my dog to be in the car with the windows rolled down?

Having a pet is like having another member in the family. You take care of them and want the best for them. Unfortunately, although this may be true, sometimes pet owners put their dogs in dangerous situations. One of these situations is when pet owners leave their dog in a vehicle on a hot day. This can be fatal to the dog and is very dangerous.
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07-03-19

How to Properly Prep Your Vehicle for a Road Trip

When you are planning a trip, you want to make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Prepping your vehicle means doing some things yourself and also possibly scheduling an appointment with your local mechanic. Watch the video below to learn more!
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06-24-19

Bicycle Safety Tips to Keep in Mind this Summer

Summer is here and that means warm weather and sunny days. This is the perfect time for people to get on their bikes and ride around town.
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06-20-19

Common Mistakes Most Drivers Make With Their Vehicles

When it comes to owning a vehicle, most drivers want to take the best care of their vehicle as possible. Even though some drivers think that they are doing good for their vehicle, they could be doing things that could be harming it. The video below highlights a few common mistakes that a lot of drivers make when it comes to their vehicles. Keep reading below to learn more!
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05-29-19

How to Safely Drive in Severe Weather

Now that we are in the warmer weather of the year, there is no telling what Mother Nature might throw at you. It is always better to be prepared than caught off guard, so we are here to help! We have made up a list of a few helpful tips to keep in mind when you run into some severe weather when you’re on the road. Keep reading below to learn more!
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05-23-19

How to Change a Flat Tire

Make sure that you know how to change a flat tire! This is something that all drivers should know how to do but many don’t think about. It is important to be prepared in the event that a flat tire happens to you when you are by yourself. Keep reading below to watch a helpful video!
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05-23-19

How to Change a Flat Tire

Knowing how to change a flat tire on a vehicle is very useful information. You never know when your vehicle could get a flat and you should be prepared in the event that it does happen. To help teach you how we have posted an easy to follow step by step video! Keep reading below to learn more!
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05-15-19

How do I wash my vehicle in the summer?

Washing your car in the summer is the same as washing your car in the winter, right? Wrong! Washing your vehicle in the summer can be a lot more challenging depending on the climate that you are in. In Texas, the weather reaches high temperatures in the summer which means that the exterior surface of your vehicle will be hot.
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03-21-19

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle

It’s that time of year, time for spring cleaning. As the weather gets warmer, make sure that not only your house is clean, but also your vehicle! Take the time to do some spring cleaning on your vehicle by following the helpful tips listed out below!
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03-13-19

First Steps to Follow After Being in an Accident

No driver is ever prepared to be involved in an accident. You may hope to never be involved in a collision ever in your life, but it is still important to know what to do in case you are. Check out the list below for the first steps to take after being involved in an accident!
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02-26-19

Bad Driving Habits That Could be Damaging Your Vehicle

Would you damage your car on purpose? What if you were doing it on accident and didn’t even know it? Many people have some bad driving habits that they do not realize are hurting their vehicles.
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