Your top-floor luxury penthouse may feature a swimming pool, rooftop terrace, or even your personal helicopter landing pad, but does it include a service to charge your Tesla? As the market for luxury electric vehicles grows, crafty developers are beginning to add EV or "electric vehicle" charging stations to their lists of more standard amenities in high-end buildings, hoping to snag tech-savvy buyers that have abandoned their gas guzzlers.
According to Mansion Global, a recent study from London-based research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance has concluded that the sales of electric vehicles will hit $41 million by 2040, accounting for a staggering 35 percent of total car sales. Sensing the sea change, charging stations have popped up in a number of developing luxury towers around the U.S.
Coming to New York's trendy TriBeCa neighborhood in 2018, the 46-unit condo at 70 Vestry will feature eight EV charging stations, as well as a resident's garage with an automated parking system. Meanwhile, across the East River in Brooklyn, 610 Warren in Boerum Hill will give residents access to a private garage with 10 EV charging stations. 610 Warren is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017. In Staten Island, Urby, a 900-unit rental building will offer a parking garage with 300 spaces and EV chargers. The building's eco-friendly features don't stop there. Other amenities include a 5,000-square-foot urban farm, a rooftop apiary with several beehives and a communal kitchen boasting a chef-in-residence.
South Florida also has a number of incoming luxury properties with planned EV charging stations. 3900 Alton, an eight-story condo in Miami Beach with 78 units, will offer several EV charging stations for its residents. a "Tesla house car" will also be available to chauffeur residents to and from the beach club at Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, where residents will retain VIP access. Moving to Miami's South of Fifth neighborhood, Louver House will offer six EV charging stations for the building's 12 residences. On Fisher Island, an isolated island community right off Miami Beach, the luxe condo Plazzo will offer wiring for electric car charging.
Moving to Boston, situated high above the new Four Seasons hotel in the Back Bay, the Private Residences at One Dalton will have a huge 300-car garage that comes with six EV charging stations operated by valet. Once completed in 2018, One Dalton will hold the title of New England's tallest residential tower.
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