The state government is offering resources to assist strata title buildings in becoming EV ready as part of policies to help New South Wales reduce emissions . These resources contain a straightforward 5-step procedure to aid body corporates in their decision-making. Note that if fewer than 50% of owners vote against installing EV chargers, the motion will succeed.
This aids in resolving a few issues Queensland apartment dwellers encounter.
Step 1 To learn about EV charging demands and views of the tenants and owners, survey locals. The survey template’s brief introduction reads as follows: Electric vehicles are increasingly replacing gasoline and diesel-powered ones around the world (EVs). We will need to offer EV charging in our facility at some point, not if, but when. It is now easier for us to go down this road because the NSW government modified the law to permit a sustainability infrastructure resolution to install EV charging.
The questions posed are a wonderful place to start the EVSE discussion.
Step 2: Perform an energy analysis. Once more, a helpful template is provided. What effects will charging an EV have on the electricity load. Identifying current circuit breaker sizes, historical peak energy loads, energy usage patterns, energy efficiency measures to reduce load and create extra electrical capacity (like lighting upgrades), and figuring out spare electrical capacity to accommodate EV chargers are crucial components of an energy assessment.
Step 3: Consider your options. Every option has advantages and disadvantages, and every circumstance must be taken into account. For a tiny building with no current EV charging infrastructure, an individualized strategy might be effective. In NSW, less than ten flats are found in 75% of apartment buildings. Chargers could be installed in regions with sufficient common property parking spaces, allowing for joint usage of the space. For small and medium buildings with limited budgets, where demand is anticipated to be low over the next decade, a modular (phased) strategy is best, creating an EV charging backbone, enabling a rapid and easy start.
A whole-building infrastructure installation may be preferable for new construction. The greatest buildings for this method of future proofing are those with huge populations.
This step and others are covered in great detail in here .
The policy also offers guidance on working through the installation process as well as a list of billing options for cost recovery. given also provides a list of installers and charger suppliers.
The NSW strategy and related recommendations are predicated on the idea that by 2030, just 10% of new cars will be sold in NSW. According to my study, Australia will reach this level of penetration in two years, although some forecasts suggest we might do so in as little as a year. Even Nevertheless, the government’s guidance is sound and will help body corporations that want to prepare their structures for the EV revolution.
Majella Waterworth took the featured image.
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