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How to Integrate EV Charging Infrastructure in Development Projects

The transition to electric vehicles (EVs) has gained considerable momentum. In 2023 alone, the number of new EVs on Australian roads more than doubled compared to the previous year, with sales reaching upwards of 98,436 vehicles. This surge is supported by significant advancements in charging infrastructure and bolstered by governmental policies to increase EV adoption.

In particular, the National Construction Code (NCC) now requires more buildings to have electrical distribution boards for EV charging. They highlight the need for reliable EV solutions to “reduce the risk of substandard equipment or installation practices” in both residential and commercial developments.

All of these changes present an invaluable opportunity for development projects to integrate EV charging infrastructure. The main benefits include enhancing property value and promoting more sustainable urban growth.

Addelec + Gemtek is ready to assist in integrating EV charging solutions tailored to the unique needs of your development projects. Whether retrofitting existing properties or providing EV infrastructure for new developments, we’re here to help.

A Framework for Integrating EV Charging Solutions for Development Projects

Knowing the basics of EV charging integration helps developers future-proof their projects and ensure they appeal to a broader market. This includes assessing site-specific needs and planning for adequate electrical infrastructure.

Likewise, properly implementing these systems can increase the functionality and long-term investment returns of developments. Project managers can work with an EV services provider to conduct a structured approach to integrating EV charging solutions:

  1. Site and Demand Assessment

    Evaluate the electrical infrastructure and potential demand for EV chargers in the area. Consider the types of EV chargers that best suit the project. Slower AC chargers are suitable for long-term parking, while rapid DC chargers are best for quick stops.

  2. Infrastructure Planning

    Plan for the necessary upgrades to electrical systems and ensure that there is adequate capacity to support the added demand from EV chargers. This might include upgrading transformers or installing new distribution panels.

  3. Installation and Configuration

    Install the EV charging stations in accessible locations. This involves physical installation and integrating them with energy management systems to optimise electricity use and manage load.

  4. Compliance and Safety

    Check that all installations comply with local regulations and safety standards. This includes obtaining necessary permits and ensuring that all systems are up to standard to avoid any legal or safety issues down the road.

  5. Ongoing Management and Maintenance

    Establish a framework for the ongoing management and maintenance of the EV charging stations. This includes routine checks, updates to the charging software, and handling any repairs or issues that arise.

What Could Happen if You Don’t Install EV Chargers?

Development projects without EV charging facilities may struggle to attract and retain tenants who own or plan to own EVs. According to industry surveys, a substantial percentage of EV owners prefer to charge their vehicles at home.

Without accessible charging options, properties may see a decrease in desirability. This directly affects their occupancy rates and potentially diminishes property values. In contrast, properties equipped with EV charging stations are more likely to attract environmentally conscious tenants and those who prioritise convenience.

Property developers should proactively integrate EV charging solutions into their projects to avoid these potential pitfalls. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Partner with a certified electrical contractor to evaluate the existing power supply and determine necessary upgrades to support EV chargers. Addelec + Gemtek, for instance, offers complete electrical services on medium to large-scale projects.
  • Design electrical and parking layouts to allow for easy expansion of charging stations as demand increases.
  • Make EV charger installation a standard part of all new developments to ensure all tenants have access to charging facilities.

Potential Challenges and Solutions for Adopting EV Charging Infrastructure

Technical Risks

One key challenge for property developments is ensuring sufficient grid capacity to support the added demand from EV chargers. This necessitates extensive planning to identify which upgrades are best for existing electrical systems. You also need to consider potential space constraints and how to optimise the location for accessibility.

Addelec + Gemtek provides a complete EV charging service that covers grid connection, installation, and maintenance for both new and existing sites. We assess your current electrical infrastructure and design a custom solution for installing efficient high-capacity chargers.

Regulatory Compliance

Development projects must comply with various zoning laws and building codes that may not have been originally designed with EV infrastructure in mind. Depending on your jurisdiction, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of local and national standards.

Working with a trusted partner in EV solutions can help ensure compliance, avoid project timeline delays, and prevent unforeseen costs. You can schedule a consultation with us so we can guide you on obtaining the necessary permits and adhering to the latest safety standards.

Financial Costs

Installing EV charging infrastructure involves considerable upfront investment. Costs can include the physical chargers, installation, and the necessary upgrades to electrical systems and grid capacity.

To facilitate the growing demand for EV infrastructure, the Australian government has implemented several incentives to help mitigate these costs. For instance, the NSW Electric Vehicle Ready Buildings Grant offers up to $80,000 in funds to support over 100 residential strata apartment buildings to install EV chargers.

Partner with Addelec + Gemtek for Your EV Charging Needs

Development projects form a necessary component of Australia’s continued efforts to create more sustainable cities. Installing EV charging stations is a straightforward and cost-effective solution that benefits both developers and EV users.

With the right help, development managers can overcome the potential challenges of installing EV chargers. More importantly, they can build their property to be attractive to a growing demographic of EV users.

Having Addelec + Gemtek as your partner gives you access to expert guidance and support throughout the entire process—from planning and compliance to installation and maintenance.

For more information, please contact our team at 1300 109 762 or visit gemtek.com.au.

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