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Courtesy of TheStar.com - Published On Friday, January 28, 2011
 
Residents of a west-end high-rise condominium just got the following message in a letter from their management board president:
 
"Don’t buy an electrically powered vehicle in the expectation that you can have it recharged or powered on our premises… for now, thinking about buying an electrically powered vehicle may not be a practical thing."
 
I learned why at a meeting with members of the board and the condo’s major management committee.
 
The building was constructed in the late 1980s. None of its roughly 450 underground parking spaces, on three levels, is wired. The garage contains only two or three outlets for maintenance work.
 
As with all older condos, the electricity bill covers the entire building, including private and common areas. The expense is apportioned among the units according to their floor area.
 
So, meeting participants argued, even if the owner of a battery-powered car...
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