Is an electric car station viable for your strata building?
Global electric vehicle sales have risen quickly over the past five years, driven by falling battery costs, fuel economy regulations and rising interest from consumers.
In 2019 more than 2.2 million new electric vehicles were sold globally, a growth of 9% from 2018. Many lawmakers throughout Europe are looking to ban vehicles powered by gas and diesel by 2030 which is further promoting interest from car companies to produce zero-emission mobility. Electric vehicles are now 25 per cent of sales for environmentally-conscious Norway.
Electric vehicles still have limitations such as a lack of range and poor charging infrastructure but this is only temporary as improvements in battery technology and use of advanced materials (to reduce weight) will soon make longer trips a reality and more and more charging stations spring up.
WHY DRIVE AN ELECTRIC CAR?
Reduce your carbon footprint
You can reduce air pollution from exhaust emissions by driving an electric vehicle. By reducing air pollution, you help to improve air quality.
Electric vehicles have a lower running cost as the price to recharge with electricity is less than the price to refuel with petrol.
The practicalities of electric vehicles
Driving a battery electric vehicle takes a little more planning than driving a traditional fuel operated car. There are fewer charge stations available and it takes longer to charge an EV than it does to refill a petrol tank. However, the number of charge stations are steadily increasing and battery technology continues to evolve.
Car emissions and strata complexes
Exhaust emissions resulting from motor vehicles have harmful and long-lasting effects on both human health and the environment. Especially increasing concentrations of exhaust emissions in closed environments, such as car parks. In Australia, car park ventilation systems must operate at all times unless they are automatically controlled by a carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring system. By paving the way for use of electric vehicles, these harmful emissions will be reduced, and one day extinguished.
Planning for the future
More and more new strata buildings are factoring in charging stations into their car parking areas to cater for electric vehicles. A study by City of Sydney showed that 78 percent of respondents would like EV charging stations in their blocks, and 48 per cent of those surveyed said they are seriously considering purchasing an electric vehicle within the next five years.
If you live in an older building without EV charging stations, you may wish to gauge interest from owners for consideration as a future upgrade so budgeting and planning can be organised.
If the owners corporation is interested in planning for a shared EV station located on common property, a suitably qualified expert should be engaged to determine the appropriateness and type of station, and the electricity load capacity of the building.
Owners corporations should also consider:
- The location of the station
- How the cost will be passed onto the user
- The daily operation of the station
- If there are any unintended consequences that may arise from the operation of the EV station.
- The cost of maintenance and repair.
If you are keen to know more about whether your strata building is suitable for an electric vehicle station, contact your Strata Plus strata manager.Read more
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