The Drive electric NSW EV ready buildings commercial quick reference guide provides an overview of the main charging solutions available for commercial buildings.
The 5 steps to EV readiness
EV charging is a high-power application that impacts overall building power supply. Obtaining sufficient electrical capacity for commercial EV charging can involve high upgrade costs.
Only the owner can make strategic investment decisions for a commercial building, although it is the tenants and visitors that receive the direct benefit of the infrastructure.
A tenant may initiate a request to the owner to provide EV charging. Use our template letter to get started. An owner may react to a request by starting with a few dedicated EV charging car spaces and expanding the number as demand increases.
When you are ready to start planning to make your building EV ready, there are five important steps to consider.
Understanding the stakeholders
- EV drivers/owners: tenants, employees, customer or other visitors to a commercial or mixed-use building.
- Tenants: occupiers of commercial buildings who want charging facilities installed in their buildings, either for their own use or for the use of visitors to their site in a commercial context.
- Owner: person or entity who owns a commercial building. Even though the decision-making is via a single entity, there is often a need to get the business case approved by their own stakeholders.
- Commercial single asset owner representative: a representative of commercial buildings who acts on behalf of the owner.
- Facility and property managers: responsible for the daily operations and maintenance of properties, including energy management works with tenants and owners to coordinate and manage upgrades (such as EV charging infrastructure), maintenance, housekeeping, and security activities, ensuring compliance with standards, laws and codes.
Templates and useful links
- Quick reference guide (commercial)
- Template – Building Assessment for EV charging
- Template – EV charging request to owner
- Template – EV User Survey
- Charging an electric vehicle
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