26 September 2023

DPE issues guide on electric car recharges

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More electric vehicle (EV) drivers are to be able to charge their vehicles at home and work with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) releasing a step-by-step guide to retrofit buildings with charging stations.

Welcoming DPE’s Making your commercial building EV ready guide, Minister for Energy, Matt Kean said a pilot site had provided proof of concept for the guide.

“With the global shift to EVs it’s not a matter of if, but when, buildings will need to provide EV charging options,” Mr Kean said.

“We’re providing guidance materials, templates and tools on how to retrofit these buildings on one convenient website,” he said.

“Having all the information in one place makes it an easy first stop for apartment owners, strata organisations, tenants and building managers planning to install EV chargers in their buildings.”

Mr Kean said DPE’s EV Ready Buildings website provided an easy to use, trusted source of information, along with practical tools and templates to help navigate the process.

The Minister said the pilot site, The Richmont building in Pyrmont, had been co-funded by DPE to upgrade the electrical system to enable EV charging in all 104 parking spaces.

“They have already installed shared charging facilities in the visitor parking spaces, and through this process have discovered how to manage the charging of multiple EVs without costly upgrades to the buildings’ electricity supply,” he said.

The Department’s step-by-step guide can be accessed at this PS News link.

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