The high-altitude electric vehicle charging dilemma and a simple solution

My friend Shirley is the head of a corporate body in an apartment building by the sea, just north of Brisbane. She still drives her petrol car, but some residents are toying with the idea of ​​buying an electric car. How do they manage shipping? What kind of chargers do they put in? Where does the wire go? How do people pay for it? These are some of the problems they face, and they are not alone.

Would you invest heavily in a luxury apartment if it did not have high speed internet? Mostly not. You will live elsewhere. Similarly, residents of inner-city apartments in Melbourne and Sydney make their choices based on the availability of a fee for their electric vehicles.

“Jan Strata is racing in several apartment buildings across Australia to install electric vehicle charging systems in their garage,” specialization He writes. “IAbout protecting the building in the future. If they want to survive in a location where people want to live and also enjoy savings and capital appreciation, they have to be prepared.

“However, the problems facing existing apartment buildings are where to place public electric vehicle chargers, whether there is enough spare electric power to accommodate it and how to introduce systems that pay the user for power.

“A study of the future of electric car charging in apartments in Sydney found that 48 per cent of respondents plan to have an electric car within the next five years, 78 per cent are in favor of installing charging and 79 per cent want the user-paying arrangement of car spaces. individual”.

My advice to Shirley: Forget the range anxiety, look at the cheaper option. There is power in the parking area, so why not run ducts to every parking spot and put up power points. Everyone can then charge a trickle, 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 charge the fee.

As for payment, electricity is not expensive. The price for energy in the parking area is currently paid for by a legal person. People who own electric vehicles can be taxed to cover the cost. Electricity bill monitor will report these charges. Potential capital gains may make the idea easier to sell.

I look forward to seeing what decision he will make.

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