2030 might feel a long time away, but it will herald a seismic shift in how many people think about and use transport. to many. New petrol and diesel cars will no longer be on sale with electric vehicles seeing a boom as a result. The environmental benefits are clear, as are the savings on ever increasing fuel costs, but it means more EV chargers for residential properties are needed.
It leaves more questions too., Where are these vehicles going to be charged? Can existing infrastructure handle the extra demand? Is there opportunity - and benefit - to installing more charging stations? For new property developments, this is something to take into account early, and include in proposals and plans.
Electric vehicles are surging in popularity as the technology improves, so making sure people can access them when they need will drive up interest in an area or development. Put simply, with enough of the right facilities in your development, people are going to choose it.
Why Do People Want A Dedicated EV Charger?
While electric vehicles can be charged with a regular three-pin plug and cable, this is not an effective use of anyone’s time. It will take considerably longer to fully charge a vehicle in this way compared to a dedicated charging station. Even an overnight charge won’t be able to charge a 40kWh battery completely.
There are 3, 7 and 22 kWh charging options for vehicles, with the 7kWh being the most popular. It’s the best balance of cost and performance - as some vehicles won’t be compatible with the 22kWh option.
Using a public charging station for eight or nine hours to fully charge a vehicle isn’t practical, either, which is why most EV owners will want a private charging point - or one they can access easily close to their home at the very least.
It is not always possible to provide each property or building with a dedicated electric vehicle charging station, though, and that’s why more public charging points can make it easier, as they might be closer to the vehicle owner’s home and there will be less of a wait to use them.
What’s Involved When Installing EV Chargers?
Installing EV chargers is a straightforward process, but depending on the type of property, there may be more work involved to make sure the best solution is implemented. This reflects the infrastructure already installed, the property layout and where power can be accessed.
Planning For New Developments
With a new development, installing Connected Kerb’s underground enabling infrastructure throughout the area during construction means the above-ground socket points can be added as required, instead of charging points waiting unused for demand to rise.
The benefits of installing EV charging station infrastructure early in the development’s construction includes:
- Easier installation of more EV chargers
- Less disruption caused during installation
- No additional major building or digging work required
- Lower costs to add new chargers.
Scaling with demand means charging stations are installed when needed, and where they are located can be planned accordingly, which helps draw potential buyers to the development.
EV Chargers For Existing Buildings
With existing properties, EV chargers are most likely to connect to their power supply unless they are new enough to be in areas with charging infrastructure in place.
For properties where infrastructure already exists, the work to install new charging stations is quick and easy. Once the appropriate type of charger is chosen, the work can be completed quickly, so there’s minimal disruption to the resident.
With older buildings, work will be done to find a suitable point at which to connect the charging station to the property’s power supply. This requires careful planning to complete the work efficiently and with as little disturbance to residents as possible.
Smart EV Chargers
A number of charging stations can connect with the wider property through WiFi, so having these details on hand can help speed up the process.
Smart charging stations ensure the software is updated, monitor the costs of charging a vehicle and even make sure charging takes place when electricity is cheaper such as when there is a high supply of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar and/or low demand such as during the night. This can make electric vehicles a more cost-effective option for travel, which will appeal to people looking to live in the development or building. As more technology is integrated into the home, everything can be kept running smoothly from a single device as needed.
Choosing The Right EV Charger
The right type of EV charger is largely down to what you expect vehicle owners will benefit from the most, based on what vehicle the person has, the type of property they own and what space they have to work with. There are plenty of options to choose from, but it gets trickier for charging stations that will be used by more people - such as communal parking lots.
In the future, every parking space may end up being connected to a charging point. That isn’t the case now, so figuring out the logistics is an important part of making sure residents and homeowners can use them as needed.
EV Chargers For Personal Use
For homeowners, the ability to install a dedicated charging station is going to be a huge selling point. Whether the power comes from their home supply or existing infrastructure will depend on the age of the development and whether EV charging was planned before construction started.
The installation will change depending on the work needing to be done, but also what types of chargers are most suitable. One that comes with a cable, for example, means the EV charger must be placed where the vehicle is fully accessible, and the owner must ensure that any new vehicle can be used with the same equipment.
For untethered chargers, the vehicle owner will need their own cable - and will probably keep this with their vehicle - to ensure it can be used with a range of charging stations. Making this clear will be important.
EV Chargers For Communal Use
For communal EV chargers, the situation is different. There’s no way to predict what vehicles or needs each person will have, so a charging station with a cable and an option for other cables could be the way forward. They also need to be situated in places where more vehicles can use them at once, rather than on a driveway.
Much like charging stations for personal use, depending on what stage of the building’s life the EV chargers are installed will determine where the power comes from and where the charging stations are located.
Monitoring usage, ensuring everyone has access to the chargers when needed, and more will all need to be worked out and made clear to residents of the building, and this should be thought out in advance so any issues can be addressed early.
Find Out More About Installing EV Chargers
When looking at EV chargers, there are plenty of products and solutions available, but finding the right one can be daunting. Understanding what works best for your building or property development will be a critical part of any decision. Adding in more work means there’s a bigger risk of complications if each task isn’t planned into a proper timeline, but we work with you to reduce any potential disruptions.
If you’d like to know more about EV chargers for residential properties, and the solutions we can offer your property or development, reach out to one of our experts. We’ll work with you closely to identify the best solutions and ensure it meets all your criteria.