EV Charger Feasibility Assessments

Independent advice for Body Corporates on installing EV chargers in apartment buildings.

Can your apartment building accommodate EV Chargers?

As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to gain popularity amongst apartment dwellers, the demand for EV charging infrastructure in apartment buildings is on the rise. For body corporates managing apartment buildings, integrating EV charging infrastructure to meet the needs of residents and guests presents both opportunities and challenges.

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Two ways EV chargers can be integrated into apartment buildings

Resident EV Chargers

This approach allows residents to install electric vehicle chargers at their designated parking bays within the apartment building.

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Benefits of residents installing their own EV chargers

  • Personalised charging access near residents’ parking bays.

  • Residents take ownership of installation, maintenance, and electricity costs.

  • Increase appeal to potential buyers or renters looking for eco-friendly amenities.

Considerations for allowing residents to install their own EV charges

  • Approval Process: Additional resources may be required to establish guidelines to ensure compliance with building regulations, safety standards, and aesthetic considerations.

  • Infrastructure Compatibility: Upgrades or modifications that impact common area electrical systems may be required if the resident’s meter is not easily accessible.

  • Equitable Access: If residents’ apartments are not individually metered, body corporates would need to monitor and manage increases in energy costs to ensure they are distributed to the appropriate residents to avoid potential conflicts with other residents.

Common Area EV Chargers

These chargers are typically installed in designated guest parking spaces, allowing visitors and residents without assigned parking to utilise the charging facilities.

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Benefits of installing EV chargers in common areas

  • Convenient access to charging facilities for all residents and guests.

  • Shared use by multiple residents maximises use and minimises costs.

  • Easy access for visitors without designated parking.

Considerations for installing EV charges in common areas

  • Space Allocation: Finding suitable locations for installation may require reallocating parking spaces, affecting the availability of residents and guest parking.

  • Electrical Infrastructure Constraints: Older apartment buildings may have outdated electrical systems that lack the capacity to support the additional load of EV charging stations. Upgrading electrical switchboards and wiring for EV chargers can be costly.

  • Impact on Electricity Costs: Installing EV charging stations will increase community area electricity consumption and costs. Therefore body corporates must balance supporting EV uptake with maintaining affordability for residents.

  • Technical Considerations: Choosing the right EV charging infrastructure to meet the needs of residents can be challenging. Factors such as charging speed, compatibility with different EV models, and billing/payment systems must be carefully considered.

  • Management and Maintenance: The body corporate or building manager must consider that installing EV chargers will require additional tasks of monitoring usage, handling repairs, and ensuring accessibility for residents and guests.

Getting the Right Advice

Before investing in EV charging stations, body corporates need independent, competent guidance to make the transition smooth and efficient. This can be done by conducting an EV Charger Feasibility Assessment.

What is an EV Charger Feasibility Assessment?

The assessment is a comprehensive evaluation conducted by experienced and licensed electrical professionals to determine if the apartment complex can install EV chargers. It provides valuable insights into the building’s electrical infrastructure capacity, potential installation locations, and any necessary upgrades or modifications to support EV charging.

Benefits of an EV Charger Feasibility Assessment

Getting the Right Advice

Before investing in EV charging stations, body corporates need independent, competent guidance to make the transition smooth and efficient. This can be done by conducting an EV Charger Feasibility Assessment.

What is an EV Charger Feasibility Assessment?

The assessment is a comprehensive evaluation conducted by experienced and licensed electrical professionals to determine if the apartment complex can install EV chargers. It provides valuable insights into the building’s electrical infrastructure capacity, potential installation locations, and any necessary upgrades or modifications to support EV charging.

Benefits of an EV Charger Feasibility Assessment

What’s Involved?

We can also present the findings and answer questions at a committee meeting to help members better understand the findings.

Get your apartment building EV ready.