City of Sydney: Electric Vehicle Charging in Apartment Buildings
City of Sydney grant funded study released 26th July 2018 includes national survey results from over 130 strata schemes and 20 case study assessments.
The project examined current Electric Vehicle (EV) charging solutions for residential strata, different commercial models, strata by-laws, and government incentive programs to promote uptake. In addition, the final report covers research looking at how utility companies can play a role in avoiding localised power outages due to “EV clustering” and the impact of EV charging Demand Management (DM) solutions.
As part of the project 20 residential apartment buildings (3,317 apartments) were engaged to receive an electric vehicle assessment report for their building. Participant buildings were selected to cover a cross section of building size, demographics, and representation across different suburbs within the City of Sydney. Wattblock also ran a resident survey to gauge attitudes and intentions of residents toward electric vehicles and charging facilities. The survey has been extended with 131 strata schemes to date from the broader Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
Wattblock project director and co-founder, Ross McIntyre said “Overwhelmingly 81% of survey respondents in the City of Sydney were in favour of installing electric vehicle charging facilities”. Findings from the project include:
The full Electric Vehicle Recharging in Residential Strata Buildings project report can be downloaded online. The project report includes a high level decision tree diagram and checklists that can be further used to assist strata in working through the issues. The report covers issues such as how to bill owners for charging, which location is the best, how to set it up, types of charging equipment, and risks around overloading the common area power supply. The report also provides some analysis around the location and impact of public charging stations as well as the carbon impact with the deployment of electric vehicles.
Wattblock is calling for further participants in their national resident survey. Running a survey is a logical starting point for understanding intentions and attitudes toward electric vehicles. Strata managers can contact Wattblock to register and set up the survey for their strata schemes. The broader results will be used to assist local councils in planning for electric vehicle charging.
For further reading you can download the report, executive presentation and media release online here.
Editor, Strata Energy News
*Note: The City’s Environmental Performance Innovation Grant program supports feasibility and demonstration projects that test or demonstrate new technologies and processes that are not currently implemented in the local market, but have the potential to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions and resource efficiencies at scale within the City of Sydney Local Government Area. Grant funding supports the City’s work towards the environmental performance targets included in its community strategic plan Sustainable Sydney 2030.
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