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Charging into the future

For new builds or major renovations, there’s new equipment appearing in plans that can deliver added value for savvy builders, electricians and homeowners. 

Electric Vehicles have come a long way in a short time and with nearly eighteen thousand electric cars currently on New Zealand’s roads and the Government’s latest objective to have 64,000 electric vehicles on the road by the end of 2021, it’s a not a matter of if, but when demand for domestic electric vehicle chargers will skyrocket. 

Opportunity 

The growing demand for electric vehicle-friendly homes is great news for you because getting the pre-wiring in early on your projects will save time and money for everyone down the track. 

All that’s required is a dedicated circuit from the switchboard to the garage or carport. By running the appropriate cable and using a temporary faceplate at the outlet, your customers will thank you when they later enquire about their charging options.

Smart builders and electricians are recognising that all new builds should be prepped for the electric vehicle wave as retrofit solutions will involve additional cost and upheaval for homeowners. 

Dedicated Gear 

Driven by the prospect of huge fuel savings and reducing environmental impact, many prospective electric vehicle owners will be focused on the car more than the charging. This will leave you to recommend the best charging solution for them.

The best option is a fit-for-purpose charging station, supplied by a dedicated 32 amp, Type-B RCD-protected circuit. EV chargers are designed to charge vehicles multiple times quicker than using a normal socket and make the whole operation safer for homeowners.

Ongoing concerns around heat produced when charging from a conventional socket outlet remain. However, ensuring your chosen charger is designed to manage heat over several hours of operation will provide a significantly safer charging process.

Further safety is delivered at the switchboard. Besides the installation of a necessary miniature circuit breaker (MCB) and residual current device (RCB), leading manufacturers recommend installing an undervoltage release for additional EV charging safety, further protecting your customers and their homes.

Step outside

If the intention is to charge vehicles in a carport it pays to ensure your charger is built robust and weatherproof to handle being exposed to the elements. Leading charging solutions are also lockable and include a theft-proof power cable to provide homeowners with exclusive access and control.

To add even more value for clients, you can help them make the most out of the energy savings on offer. The best charging solutions can delay charging if connected to a timer, allowing them to take advantage of the cheapest, off-peak power rates and prevent dramatic power bill increases. 

The future is now 

With the raft of considerations that accompany building a new home, what vehicle will be parked in the garage within the next ten years won’t always be high on the priority list.

The great news is that even if an electric vehicle is a future consideration, the preparation for it couldn’t be easier and will pay off in the long run. Homes that are pre-wired for electric vehicle charging will broaden customers’ options in the future and offer a huge value-add when it comes to re-sale.New Zealand is a recognised world leader in the production of renewable energy so it’s about time we lead the way in utilising it.

With our short average daily driving distances and ready access to renewable energy, there’s no doubt that electric vehicles are here to stay. You can play a part in making them safer and more affordable to run, by including the right wiring solution and encouraging your customers to consider installing the right equipment.

Making sure to pre-wire homes and select the best charger for long term value will add significant value to your customers. Choosing an electric vehicle charging solution from a manufacturer with proven national support and easy access to spare parts and technical advice will make your life easier.

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