My friend Shirley is the president of the association in an apartment building by the sea, just north of Brisbane. She is still driving with her gasoline beamer, but some of the residents are toying with the idea of buying an electric vehicle. How do they handle charging? What kind of chargers do they put in? Where do the wires go? How do people pay for it? These are some of the problems they face and they are not the only ones.
Would you invest heavily in a luxury apartment if it did not have high speed internet? Probably not. You would stay somewhere else. Similarly, residents of inner city apartments in Melbourne and Sydney make choices based on the availability of charging for their electric cars.
“Strata committees in many apartment buildings across Australia are rushing to install electric vehicle charging systems in their garages,” Domain writes. “Iit is about securing the future of the building. If they want to stay in a place where people want to live and also enjoy savings and capital growth, they need to be ready.
“The problems for established apartment complexes, however, are where to place common chargers for electric cars, whether there is sufficient available electricity capacity to accommodate them, and how to introduce user payment systems for energy.
“A survey of the future of electric charging in apartments in Sydney showed that 48 per cent of respondents plan to have an electric vehicle within the next five years, 78 per cent were in favor of installing charging and 79 per cent wanted a user – pay arrangement for individual parking spaces. ”
My advice to Shirley: Forget range anxiety, look for the cheapest solution. There is electricity in the parking area, so why not run wires to each parking space and plug in the power plug. Everyone can then drip charging, which will be enough for daily use. There is a bank of high-speed chargers at IKEA less than 10 km away. If people are planning long trips, they can easily go there and recharge.
In terms of payment, electricity is not that expensive. The electricity in the parking area is currently paid for by legal entity. A tax could be introduced on people with electric cars to cover the costs. Monitoring the electricity bill will inform about this charge. Potential capital gains can make it easy to sell the idea.
I look forward to finding out what the decision will be.
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