According to the Australian Electric Vehicle Council (EVC), forecasts show more than 30 per cent of new cars sold in Australia over the next decade will be pure battery or hybrid electric vehicles (EV). With that in mind, it’s no surprise Western Australia’s two biggest residential builders are on the sustainability front foot, now offering EV charging as an option in new builds.
Almost every automotive manufacturer, along with many countries, is now committed to a reduction or cessation in the sale and manufacture of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. This shift in focus to electric vehicles means the e-mobility rEVolution is approaching faster than we may realise.
Cheaper and vastly improved battery technology over the coming two to three years will mean parity in the cost of manufacturing of EVs vs ICE vehicles. This value and increased performance is something that will quell many of the challenges currently facing potential buyers around aspects such as range anxiety, and will also bring a larger choice, plus more affordable models to the mass market.
Initially Australia has been slow to warm towards EVs, however, these disrupting factors combined with a long-awaited WA Government strategy around EVs saw new car sales increase by 209 per cent in 2020 nationally, according to research by the EVC.
Part of this strategy sees a $21 million State Government investment in and focus on the electrification of fleet vehicles, updating regulations and an increased community infrastructure around more EV charging stations throughout WA.
That said, for many of the general population whom will invest in an EV and where the average WA daily commute is no more than 40km, most charging will be done right at home.
BGC Housing Group Head of Operations Bruno Osredecki said the builder was now offering EV chargers and/or the wiring provisions during its prestart consultations for new homebuyers.
“It was through our regular innovation workshops between BGC Housing Group and our partner Schneider Electric that we identified the need to address the option of future-proofing EV infrastructure in our homes, which we see becoming standard in years to come,” he said.
Local Malaga-based company Gemtek specialises in installing EV charging stations across Perth.
Gemtek Group Commercial Director Florian Popp said there were some misconceptions around allowing for EV charging at home.
“It’s simpler and more cost effective than you might think,” he said.
“A home EV charging station provides quality power to the car’s batteries, and at up to 10 times faster than a standard power point. Just like charging your mobile phone, a dedicated charger also optimises your car’s battery as they are communicating back and forward, managing the right amount of charge at the right time. Charging stations come in a variety of wall box sizes which get fitted into your garage or car port with dedicated 32-amp wiring back to your electrical switchboard.
“Managing your electricity consumption combined with home solar allows you to minimise costs, while keeping all necessary home appliances balanced. A faster charger such as 22 kilowatts means you can charge the car in shorter time periods, and then still run air-conditioners and pool pumps when needed”.
As we strive for a net zero future requiring a rapid reduction in carbon emissions, it’s well documented that EVs are a part of this journey. Preparing your home for an EV future might be a wise consideration in doing your bit towards our sustainable future.
Schneider Electric, www.se.com
BGC Housing Group, 9261 1866 www.bgchousinggroup.com.au