EV Does It: Incentives Help Building Owners Offset The Cost Of Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

This article originally appeared on Bisnow.

ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods’ recent prediction that 100% of new vehicles sold in 2040 will be electric likely sent two important messages to the real estate world.

One is that when the head of a giant petroleum company says electric vehicles are the future, then it seems the age of EVs has finally arrived. Secondly, it is time to get buildings ready for an influx of residents and tenants demanding charging stations.

Chris Vargas, senior vice president of business development for Chargie, a California-based installer of EV charging stations in multifamily and commercial buildings, said those takeaways are spot-on.

“About 70% of people right now see themselves buying an electric vehicle in the next two to three years, so property owners really need to think about how they’re going to meet the demand,” he said.

Vargas added that building owners should not take Woods’ 18-year timeline to mean they have close to two decades to prepare. In fact, it might actually be closer to a mere 18 months — that is, if they want to take advantage of generous incentives now available to support the cost of installing EV infrastructure.

The Biden administration designated nearly $5B to help develop the nation’s EV charging capabilities along important transportation corridors. This will enable EV drivers to make much longer trips without needing to worry about being stranded in areas that lack charging infrastructure.

However, most EV charging takes place where a driver lives, which suggests that charging stations will soon be a must-have amenity at multifamily properties. Fortunately for building owners, millions of dollars in incentives are available through power utilities to offset the expense.

With multifamily buildings expected to spend $2.5B to add charging capabilities, that is no small thing.

“Of the 17,000 chargers Chargie has installed on more than 1,000 properties, 90% have been completely paid for by rebates and incentives,” Vargas said. “Large properties can receive more than $200K worth of infrastructure without an investment. There definitely is an opportunity here for building owners.”

The catch? Vargas said the process of applying for and actually obtaining a rebate typically takes about 18 months. That means that the time to act is now.

“Thousands of applications have already been filed for these incentives,” he said. “You need to get in the queue now before demand really starts to take off in the next few years if you want to take advantage of these programs.”

Also, Vargas said, the current incentives won’t be around forever.

“I compare it to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, when all those incentives were available to pay for ramps and railings,” he said. “Most of those incentives have since gone away.”

Vargas recommended that building owners check with their local utility to obtain a list of approved EV system vendors that have technical know-how but also understand how the incentive application process works. While property owners and managers might be tempted to tackle this on their own, they may not have the resources to navigate the process.

“There are a lot of requirements that go along with the rebate application process and it can be very daunting for somebody trying to do this for the first time,” Vargas said. “We’ve run into several multifamily owners who lost out on money because they just don’t have the experienced, full-time people to dedicate to the task.”

At the moment, incentive programs are most common in West Coast states. That is likely to change, he said, as EV infrastructure continues its explosive growth and more states try to encourage its adoption by building owners.

But Vargas emphasized that no matter how generous the incentives, consumer demand is likely to be the main driver behind multifamily buildings installing EV infrastructure. In recent years, the availability of EV chargers has become one of the top search criteria for apartment hunters, ahead even of price, he said.

Vargas said building owners across the country need to be thinking now about how they will meet their tenants’ expectations. If ExxonMobil’s forecast is correct, they won’t have a choice in the matter if they want to attract tenants in the future, particularly younger renters.

Already, Vargas said, some California tenants have moved out of apartment buildings that lacked EV charging, and it may not be long before residents in the Midwest or on the East Coast start to behave similarly.

“We recommend that at least 25% of the parking spaces for a multifamily building have EV charging stations,” he said. “That’s what we believe will be needed to meet the demand over the next few years, and of course, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to need more. We’ve even worked with 300-unit buildings that wanted to install 300 EV chargers for 100% coverage of residents.”

Level 2 vs. Level 3 EV Charging Stations: What’s the Difference?

As the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem has evolved to meet the various needs of drivers and their lifestyles, different kinds of EV charging stations have emerged, including Level 2 and Level 3 options. As multifamily and commercial properties explore which option aligns best with their buildings, residents and tenants, there are several key factors to consider.

Power requirements

Level 2 chargers require a 240-volt electrical source, much like an oven range or clothes dryer. Level 3 chargers require a 480-volt electrical source, which is also used to power industrial motors and heating applications. For comparison, a standard wall outlet delivers 120 volts. When selecting chargers, it’s crucial to consider the power available to the property so owners and managers can deliver solutions that are not only reliable and effective, but safe.

Level 2 Charging Station

Physical specifications

When it comes to size, a Level 2 charger is much smaller than a Level 3 charger, which can clock in at upwards of 500 pounds. Each charger is also equipped with varying plug types – a Level 2 utilizes a J1772 plug while a Level 3 uses CCS and CHAdeMo plugs.

Level 3 Charging Station

Installation cost

It’s no surprise that there is a significant cost difference between EV chargers, with a Level 3 charger potentially costing upwards of 200 times more than a Level 2 charger. A property’s overall installation cost will vary by project and depend on factors like charger specs, labor, physical placement, mounting requirements and any potential electrical upgrades that may be required. Local rebate and incentive programs often cover both charger types, though details will vary by provider.

Charging time

Drivers using a Level 2 EV charging station can typically expect to return to a fully charged car after a couple hours. A Level 3 charging station, also called Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC), can deliver a full charge in approximately 30 minutes. These timeframes are estimates and will vary based on the car and battery type.

Use case

Level 2 charging stations are most commonly found in locations of longer dwell times, like multifamily communities and office buildings. These locations enable drivers to conveniently charge their EVs while doing something else for a couple hours, like relaxing at home or working during the day. Level 3 charging stations are often found along busy transportation corridors and used by drivers who are on the go and looking to get back on the road as quickly as possible. Level 3 chargers can also be a great solution for fleet and other enterprise needs.

Partnering with Chargie

Successfully navigating these considerations will help property owners and managers determine which EV charging station works best for their building. In some cases, the right solution may be a combination of Level 2 and Level 3 chargers. Partnering with an expert provider like Chargie streamlines the process from beginning to end – we help properties design the most effective charger layout, take advantage of all rebates and incentives, handle all installation work, and manage and monitor the system 24/7. Reach out to learn more.

Why Multifamily Properties Should Invest in EV Charging Stations

Electric vehicle (EV) ownership has grown steadily over the past few years. In 2019, there was a record-smashing 2.1 million EVs purchased, and this was only the beginning of the next surge of growth. The EV market experienced massive growth in 2021, which is expected to continue into 2022 at 40% a year. An ever-expanding EV charging infrastructure network and increased support from the government in the form of rebates and incentives for EV charging station installation encourage the rising popularity of EVs.

If you own or manage a multifamily property, you may be considering installing EV charging stations for your residents.


Benefits of Installing EV Charging Stations

Installing EV charging stations at your multifamily property has many benefits.

1. Attract new residents.

Tap into the rising number of people who own EVs by installing EV charging stations right where they live. The availability of EV chargers on-property is a deciding factor for many potential new residents.

2. Retain current residents.

Give current residents a reason to renew their leases by installing EV charging stations. Many existing residents are making the switch to an EV and are looking for a way to charge at home.

3. Get ahead of your competition.

Many multifamily properties are installing EV charging stations to meet rising resident demand. Stay ahead of your competition by installing EV charging stations sooner than later. Acting now will also help you maximize any available rebates and incentives provided by your local utility.

4. Create a revenue stream.

Research shows that 75% of EV owners charge at home. EV charging stations at your property allow you to generate revenue 24/7 from these residents.

5. Offer a valuable amenity.

Instead of charging for their use, offer additional value to your residents by providing EV charging stations on your property as an amenity.


How Do You Install EV Charging Stations at Your Multifamily Property?

Developing an effective EV charging strategy that works for your residents today and scales easily for the needs of tomorrow can be done in partnership with experts like Chargie. As a turnkey provider, we manage every step of the process.

1. Survey and evaluate.

Every property is different, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all EV charging station solution for multifamily properties. Chargie works with properties to consider many important factors like space limitations, power requirements, aesthetics, available rebates and future needs. We also evaluate your current electrical system to determine what, if any, upgrades are needed. This ensures there won’t be any surprises or obstacles after the final design.

2. Plan and design.

Next, we plan and design your EV charging stations. Our team of expert engineers will work closely with you to design a charging station layout that meets your property’s needs.

3. Permit and approve.

Chargie handles the details of getting any required permits and approvals from local government agencies so you don’t have to. This includes maximizing any rebate and incentive programs available for your property.

4. Install and validate.

Chargie manages all parts of the EV charger installation including building the physical infrastructure, deploying a wireless network to connect it and conducting extensive testing. This installation process takes as little as two weeks and minimizes any disruption to your residents.

5. Manage and operate.

Our work doesn’t stop once your stations are installed. We’ll help you manage and operate your EV chargers with 24/7 monitoring and support.


Get Started with Chargie EV Charging Stations

With over 15,000 EV charging stations installed, we’re experts at installing and operating EV chargers in multifamily communities. Multifamily properties have specific needs for charging station installations, and Chargie helps you navigate those needs. We handle the entire process, from a site survey to designing your charging stations and completing the physical installation. We’ll even take care of finding and applying for available local rebates and incentives. We’ll maximize every program your property qualifies for to help offset hardware and installation costs. Most of our clients have 100% of their installation costs covered. If you’re ready to get started, reach out to us today.

What is Range Anxiety for EV Drivers?

Whether you own a gasoline vehicle or an electric vehicle (EV), all drivers know the dread of seeing their car starting to run out of power. Unlike drivers of gasoline-powered cars, EV drivers don’t necessarily have the assurance that a gas station is around the corner or down the road. While the EV charging network is growing, many consumers suffer range anxiety, which causes some to postpone purchasing an EV.

The phrase “range anxiety” describes consumers’ fears that an EV will run out of power before they can find a place to charge. It’s a combination of concerns; one, that they’ll reach the limits of their EV’s driving range, and two, that there won’t be a place to charge when their car runs low on power. Although these are understandable fears, they tend to affect those who haven’t experienced owning an EV most.

What Causes Range Anxiety

The ecosystem of EV charging infrastructure is still growing and the availability of charging stations may vary based on your location. Some areas, more than others, have embraced and incentivized the building of EV charging infrastructure throughout their cities, while others are just getting started. Current EVs on the market have an average range of 150-300 miles which can be as little as half the range of some gas vehicles. For those who have not owned or experienced driving an EV for an extended amount of time, this lowered potential range paired with the assumption that there isn’t always going to be a charging station close by can be a factor when considering an EV purchase and cause of range anxiety. At its core, the main cause for EV range anxiety is simply the fear of the unknown and a lack of information.

Combatting Range Anxiety

Range anxiety should not stop you from purchasing an EV. Here are some important points to consider.

1. Consider the facts and figures.

Research shows a large gap between the range anxiety many people feel and how many EV drivers are actually running out of power. A recent study found that the range of an average EV is more than sufficient to get EV drivers where they need to go 87% of the time. While this anxiety prevents some consumers from purchasing an EV initially, a large majority (96%) of EV owners say they would repurchase an EV. According to AAA, while range anxiety was an obstacle to their purchase of an EV, 95% of EV drivers have always had enough charge to get where they’re going. Furthermore, range anxiety is reported to dissipate once a consumer starts driving their EV.

2. Charge at home and at work.

Plugging in your EV while you’re relaxing at home or working at the office is an easy way to incorporate charging into your everyday life and ensure your car is powered up at all times. Many multifamily communities and commercial real estate properties offer EV charging stations on site for their residents and tenants to use.

3. Plan your route.

Careful planning can help to ease range anxiety. By plotting out your travel before you hit the road, you’ll have a clear idea of how much range you need that day. If your trip takes you close to your maximum range, you can plan a mid-day charge by searching for charging stations online. While you likely won’t need this planning for day-to-day activities, it’s good practice for longer trips or when going to an unfamiliar location.

4. Support EV infrastructure growth.

Supporting the use and installation of charging stations helps grow the overall EV infrastructure industry. The more charging stations built, the larger the network will grow, making it less likely that EV drivers will find themselves without somewhere to charge. You can support EV infrastructure by using existing charging stations and making your voice heard. If you live in a multi-family community, ask management to install charging stations. The same goes for commercial properties you frequent.

5. Help improve EV technology.

As the EV market grows, EV technology will become more efficient. For example, better batteries are being developed with each new generation of EVs, extending the vehicle’s range and lowering range anxiety. By purchasing an EV, you participate in this growing market and encourage further developments.

Power Up at Chargie’s EV Charging Stations

Chargie helps reduce range anxiety with a reliable, intelligent EV charging network that makes powering up your car easy. Chargie’s EV charging stations provide a 99.5% network uptime so that you can return to a fully charged car in places you live, work and play. Chargie offers 24/7/365 customer support, so you can get the help you need whenever you need it and the intuitive mobile app makes charging an easy and seamless experience. Reach out to us today to learn more.

Electric Car Companies Gather for Panel Discussion

This article originally appeared on Los Angeles Business Journal.

Chargie, a Culver City electric charging station installer, recently participated in an electric car show and event sponsored by California State University – Northridge. Chargie Chief Executive Zach Jennings discussed the future of electric vehicles, electric charging and the company’s approach, which is to install its chargers in large structures at institutions like universities such as CSUN, retail areas as well as residential complexes.

Their business model is to be responsible when it comes to the charging itself. The company uses software that can change the amount of demand on the power grid based on how much grid pull each car has at a particular time, he added. Yan Searcy, the dean of CSUN’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, organized the event. He wants the school to be at the center of what he would like to see called the Sustainable Valley.

To that end, the school’s Institute of Sustainability held the show on April 7 that included test drives of electric vehicles and a roundtable discussion about the cars from two area businesses – Porsche of Woodland Hills and Chargie. Chargie brought two BMW i3 electric hybrids but just to display their charging capabilities and not for test drives.

For the roundtable, the audience was made up of 25 invited community members and another 22 people accessing the session through a Zoom link. “Most everybody sitting around the table learned a lot,” Searcy said.

With the Chargie system, if people plug in at night, for example, the company has the ability to manage the electrical draw time so that it won’t be as demanding on the grid, Searcy said. “From a business standpoint he said that’s what makes them a bit more competitive than others because they have the software to manage that and have a more sustained approach to charging and can pass some of that savings on to customers,” Searcy added.

Also participating in the car show was Electra Meccanica, a Canadian electric car manufacturer. The company did test drives of its Solo three-wheeled electric vehicle, technically classified as a motorcycle. In the Los Angeles area, Electra Meccanica has four facilities: a kiosk at the Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks, the Beverly Center and the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance; and a delivery preparation and service center in Studio City.

“While Northern California, the Bay Area is known as Silicon Valley, we want to be known for and by the Sustainable Valley,” Searcy said. The Woodland Hills Porsche dealership brought the all-electric Taycan, Panamera and Cayenne SUV for test drives.

Other electric car companies, including Lucid Motors USA Inc. in Newark and Polestar, the Swedish car maker that is a subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd., were contacted by Searcy but didn’t make it. Also, Tesla had a backlog of orders and couldn’t bring any cars to the show and so declined to participate, Searcy said.

Campus Powers Up With More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

This article originally appeared on CSUN Today.

CSUN is taking a big step forward in sustainability this spring as the campus expands its network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers from 29 to 88 stations.

By April 1, the beginning of Earth Month, 56 charging stations had been installed and activated at the B2, B6, G3, G6 and G9 parking lots. The remaining 32 chargers will be installed in lots B5, F2, B4, F5 and E6 by mid-April.

The charging stations are available for all those who have valid parking permits at CSUN. To use the new stations, CSUN students, faculty and staff can create accounts on the Chargie smartphone app, where they can set up a payment method, preload funds, scan the QR code of the corresponding station and follow the charging status of their vehicles in real time.

The California Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission have reported that by 2030, 14.5% of cars on the road in California will be EVs. This means that CSUN can expect to have more than 6,000 EVs on campus by the end of the decade — so the expansion of charging stations is crucial for these drivers, according to Austin Eriksson, CSUN’s director of energy and sustainability.

“EVs are quickly growing in popularity, so it is vital for us to provide the necessary support system required for these vehicles,” said Eriksson. “In fact, our recent transportation survey concluded that 68% of CSUN EV drivers can’t find available chargers. This expansion project is a critical step toward solving the problem while simultaneously helping our campus become more environmentally conscious.” ​

As part of this project, current level 2 and level 3 ​DC Fast EV chargers that are used for different car models are being replaced by “smart” chargers operated by the platform “powered by Chargie,” the largest installer of EV charging stations in Southern California.

The new smart chargers provide real-time charger availability, cash load balancing, charging status and demand response, according to CSUN’s Sustainability Program. They can balance the loads of EV’s charging, allowing the installment of more EV chargers without any major electrical upgrades. EV drivers who use the new Chargie stations will only pay what the campus pays for the electricity dispensed during each charge session, with no markups or surcharges — at 18 cents per kilowatt-hour. This is significantly lower than residential or off-campus public charging rates, according to the Sustainability Program. The 18 cents per kWh will cover the cost of the electricity consumed. CSUN is working with Chargie to manage the Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits that will assist in covering part of the program cost and ensure that the chargers remain in operation and in good condition.

For more information about CSUN’s sustainability programs, visit https://www.csun.edu/sustainability.

LA Companies Give Renters More Ways to Charge EVs

This article originally appeared on Los Angeles Business Journal.

Electric vehicles are touted as the future, especially in Los Angeles where the city’s climate goals call for 80% of vehicles sold to be electric by 2028 — seven years ahead of the state’s 2035 cutoff for gasoline-powered auto sales.

But to achieve that zero-emissions future, Los Angeles will need charging stations within reach of more people. First and foremost, that means installing chargers at apartment and condo buildings.

“People who want to buy EVs, if they can’t charge at home, where else do they charge?” said Rajit Gadh, director of UCLA’s Smart Grid Energy Research Center.

A 2019 UC Davis study examining EV charging rates in California found that more than 50% of battery-electric vehicle drivers living in single-family residences were able to charge vehicles at home while most multifamily residents primarily relied on public chargers.

“If you just look around you as you drive through Santa Monica and neighborhoods where you used to have single-family homes, you have multifamily buildings going up,” Gadh said. “It is absolutely essential that we all work toward the problem of multiunit dwelling charging.”

Los Angeles has become a hub for the growing electric vehicle industry, and now multiple local companies are tackling the problem of EV charger access.

The power of rebates

Culver City-based Chargie works directly with property owners to install charging infrastructure at multifamily and commercial buildings. Formerly a division of solar panel installer PCS Energy, Chargie was spun out last year into a separate company.

Tracy Chou, the company’s design and marketing director, said PCS Energy and Chargie have already installed chargers at more than 700 properties with multifamily buildings comprising the vast majority of that total.

“The reason why we’ve had such a big impact is that our founders are people who have worked in multifamily for a very long time, so we really understand the priorities of multifamily property owners,” said Chou.

Building owners are looking not just to install equipment in a quick and cost-efficient manner, Chou said, but to ensure operations are being monitored and chargers are kept in working order.

PCS Energy was launched in 2014 by apartment industry veterans Joseph Fryzer, Paul Jennings and Joseph Pekarovic with the goal of using renewable energy to deliver cost savings to building owners. Chou said the establishment of Chargie as a separate entity has allowed the company to better serve property owners looking to install EV charging equipment.

“You’re really talking about a lot of moving parts when it comes to EV charging,” Chou said. “If something happens with your charging station, it becomes a very difficult thing to troubleshoot. Is it the electrical? Is it the software?”

Chou said Chargie’s team guides building owners through the entire installation process as well as any maintenance necessary after chargers are up and running.

The company is also able to provide these services at a low cost to building owners in the Los Angeles area thanks to temporary subsidies offered by local utility providers.

In 2016, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power began offering a rebate for multifamily property owners that covers up to $4,000 per charger, plus $750 for an additional port. Southern California Edison offers similar rebates for building owners installing chargers on site and in July announced a $436 million investment in electric vehicle infrastructure.

According to Chou, most apartment building owners that work with Chargie install chargers at virtually no cost when using these rebates.

“A lot of the time, (building owners) are paying nothing to have EV charging stations installed,” Chou said. “We manage the whole process end to end and help them reap the benefits of these rebates, but it makes a huge difference when you’re talking about a project that won’t be free in five years.”

Addressing ‘range anxiety’

Rebate programs may be especially enticing to the owners of newly constructed buildings, which are required under California’s building code to include “EV capable” parking spaces with electrical panels and raceways to support EV charging equipment in at least 10% of parking spots.

The requirements are stricter in the city of Los Angeles where developers are required to actually install chargers in at least 10% of parking spaces while ensuring an additional 20% are EV capable.

Aric Ohana, chief executive of Culver City-based Envoy Technologies Inc., said even without incentives, it’s easy for multifamily property owners to see the appeal of electric vehicle infrastructure as an important amenity for residents.

“We’re now in 15 markets in 10 states,” Ohana said. “That includes small markets like Boise, Idaho, and Athens, Ohio. In those markets, you’re not going to find incentives. It’s more forward-thinking real estate operators and developers.”

Like Chargie, Envoy sometimes installs EV-charging equipment at multifamily properties, but the company is primarily focused on a car-sharing platform that allows users to rent electric vehicles that are parked and charged up at residential and commercial properties.

Ohana said shared mobility models like this one are ideal for apartment buildings where a single vehicle can serve dozens of residents making occasional short trips. The company also gives drivers considering purchasing an electric vehicle the chance to try one out and see how it functions for typical use.

“It’s a new technology, and people have what’s called ‘range anxiety,’” Ohana said.

Drivers considering switching to an electric vehicle are often concerned about the distance cars can travel before needing to be charged, he said, and how close or far the nearest charging station is. Being able to use a vehicle when running errands or taking a day trip allows drivers to familiarize themselves with EVs’ range and battery life.

“If they test drive a vehicle, they aren’t going to get a sense of how it interacts with their day-to-day life,” Ohana said. “People are living with this car at their doorstep. It enables them to really adopt EVs.”

The future is coming

Addressing the problem of so-called range anxiety is a primary goal for EVgo Inc., the Sawtelle-based electric vehicle charging company that went public earlier this year via a reverse merger with a special purpose acquisition company.

Established in 2010, the company has built an extensive network of public charging stations spread across more than 65 metropolitan areas.

Sara Rafalson, vice president of market development and public policy, said EVgo now primarily installs DC fast chargers capable of fully charging a vehicle’s battery in just 30 minutes (compared to several hours for a typical home charger).

Fast chargers are poorly suited for apartment buildings due to high power consumption, but Rafalson said they can be a good option for drivers who live in multiunit dwellings when they are placed nearby.

“Sometimes residents don’t even have access to on-site parking,” Rafalson said. “We see high demand in areas with a large proportion of multifamily housing.”

EVgo commissioned a UCLA study released in February analyzing user data and the charging habits of apartment and condo dwellers. It showed that chargers placed in high-density urban areas attracted a larger share of apartment users than others in the EVgo network. Nearly a quarter of users in these areas did not have a charger at home.

“We like to locate chargers in places where customers want to be and where there are sufficient amenities,” said Rafalson, adding that she herself did not have a charger at home when she purchased an electric vehicle.

“I would just charge at my grocery store once a week,” she said. “I was able to integrate charging into my daily life.”

But charging in public places isn’t always convenient, and the high electrical currents generated through fast charging can degrade a car’s battery, said UCLA’s Gadh. Plus, he said, the optimum time to plug in is between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. — when most people are home, and there’s less strain on the power grid.

“To charge easily and simply, you have to be able to charge at home,” Gadh said.

Ultimately, local EV charging companies agree that public, commercial and residential charging infrastructure will all play supplementary roles in the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

Ohana said it’s becoming clear that property owners are starting to think that way as well.

“They realize they’re going to need this, and they are future-proofing their buildings,” he said. “We’re seeing that more and more. The writing is on the wall.”

Ivy Station Reveal – Mixed Use Development Welcoming Residents

This article originally appeared on BUSINESS WIRE.

Ivy Station, a 500,000-square-foot mixed-use development adjacent to the Culver City Metro E Line station, is beginning its staggered reveal with the opening of Upper Ivy, the property’s 200-unit, six-story apartment building located in the center of the 5.2-acre site. Ivy Station’s ownership group consists of Lowe, AECOM-Canyon Partners and Rockwood Capital.

Ivy Station is located at the epicenter of a burgeoning creative and media district in Culver City. In addition to Ivy station tenant WarnerMedia, nearby studio space in Culver City has been leased to Apple and Amazon, joining legendary Sony Pictures Studios. A transit-oriented development, Ivy Station benefits from its proximity to the Metro E Line station that offers direct connection to downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica, as well as to the greater Los Angeles public transportation network. The property is recognized as a green building through its LEED Neighborhood Development certification and LEED Silver Certification in the office category from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Living at Upper Ivy – creative, contemporary and convenient

Upper Ivy’s 200 modern apartments are configured as studio, one- and two-bedroom floorplans along with expansive penthouses and townhomes with rooftop decks. Most units have balconies offering panoramic city and park views. The contemporary units feature quartz countertops, wide plank floors, Whirlpool appliances, full-size washers and dryers, walk-in closets as well as smart home features including keyless entry.

Residents have multiple common areas and recreation spaces including a resort-style pool, located in the center of the property, with lounge and cabana seating areas, and a nearby outdoor fire pit. The fitness center offers top-of-the-line equipment and classes in both indoor and outdoor fitness spaces. An intimate courtyard offers a quiet sanctuary and appealing outdoor space.

The communal Cabana Room located adjacent to the pool on the second floor, is a spacious and comfortable area for relaxation with multiple seating areas, a fireplace and big screen televisions as well as a spot for organized events such as movie nights and wine tastings. In addition to the Cabana space is the Club Room outfitted with games and seating. All amenities are open to the outdoors with the Club Room offering an expansive terrace overlooking the park. Nearby, the Vinyl Lounge is a cozy spot for spinning Upper Ivy’s record collection. Completing the amenity options is a coworking area with work spaces and equipment to support productive home working.

Upper Ivy residents will enjoy exclusive benefits including special programs and services at Ivy Station’s boutique hotel The Shay and discount programs from the property’s retailers and restaurants. Residents and their guests have designated parking in the below-grade garage and direct access to the apartment building.

Upper Ivy’s on-site leasing office and models are now open, by appointment and a virtual tour is available on the website, upperivy.com. Upper Ivy was designed by KFA architects and is managed by Greystar.

WarnerMedia – enhancing the area’s entertainment caché

Ivy Station’s 240,000-square-foot office building is leased to WarnerMedia and will soon house employees of the company’s West Coast offices of HBO, Cinemax, HBO Max and its WarnerMedia Entertainment networks TNT, tbs and truTV. The interior build-out is underway with completion anticipated by the end of May. Developers completed the exterior work on the building, designed by Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney, in 2020. The state-of-the-art creative office building features multiple outdoor balconies where the indoor environment blends seamlessly with the outdoor, abundant natural light and operable windows, and large floor plates.

The Shay – boutique hotel and new area hot spot

The Shay, a 148-room boutique hotel, is a pivotal component of Ivy Station and will be a major addition to the area providing upscale accommodations for leisure and business travelers alike. The Shay’s lobby area will be a lively gathering place with a bar, an indoor fireplace, game room and The Box, an interactive work and leisure space. The Shay’s captivating roof top deck will offer spectacular views, ample seating and an adjacent bar and food outlet. A key feature of the hotel is its approximately 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space, along with 5,000 square feet of outdoor courtyard space for meetings and social events, filling a gap in services for the area. Designed by KFA Architects, with Studio Collective creating the interiors, The Shay will be operated by Destination Hotels, a premium Hyatt brand known for its high-touch, tailored management of distinctive independent hotels, resorts and residences. The Shay is anticipated to open in late-summer 2021.

Lifestyle Retail – specialty shops for food, fitness and services

Ivy Station features nearly 50,000 square feet of ground floor retail that is conceived as a collection of cafes, shops, personal services and specialty retail that will appeal to and fill a need for residents, workers, and Metro commuters. Work is underway on interior build-outs for Ivy Station’s first retail tenants – Equator Coffees, LA Ale Works, Mamoun’s falafel, StretchLab, YogaSix and Healthy Spot. Each will announce its own opening while it is anticipated that most will be open in late-summer 2021. Lowe is currently in discussions with additional retailers that will complement and add to Ivy Station’s retail offerings.

Ivy Station’s buildings are set around a large landscaped outdoor area that will be programmed with a host of activities such as movie nights, art shows and concerts. With multiple points of access, the property encourages the local community, Metro riders, Ivy Station residents and employees to walk or bike through this energetic area of Culver City. Ivy Station is bounded by Venice, National and Washington Boulevards, centrally located in Culver City, midway between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Ivy Station provides over 1,500 below-grade parking spaces, 300 of which are dedicated for use by Metro transit riders, and 27 smart EV charging stations by PCS Energy and Chargie.

Original art pieces are located throughout Ivy Station. A signature element, large colorful aluminum butterflies by artist Sage Vaughn installed on the Upper Ivy building, is visible to metro riders and from Washington Boulevard. Other artistic elements include custom tile work by FAILE in and around the park and a mural and sculptural installation by Tomokazu Matsuyama.

Groundbreaking for Ivy Station was held September 27, 2017. Construction was led by general contractor Bernards. RELM provided landscape design while KFA, in addition to designing the apartments and hotel, created the property master plan. EYRC was the architect of the office building. Lowe served as developer for Ivy Station and will continue as overall manager, including retail and common areas, through Lowe affiliate Hospitality at Work®.

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