A request for charging can come from a homeowner or the strata council itself. Your first step is to understand your needs and options for charging. You will want to work through a number of details with respect to the technology and cost. If responding to a homeowner request, you will want to include them in the discussion.
Work through charger options
The type of charger
Level 1 chargers (using a regular outlet) may be easier and cheaper to install, but have slower charging speeds. Level 2 chargers (more powerful chargers) can charge a vehicle more quickly, but can be more challenging and expensive to install.
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If you are planning for present need or future demand
If considering a present request, determine how many homeowners want a charger. If planning for the future, consider how many homeowners are likely to want a charger in the next 5-10 years. For example, a strata can save money in the long run by pre-installing connections or conduits for multiple chargers that will be used in the future, rather than adding one electric vehicle charger at a time.
Potential locations for Chargers
Chargers are usually located in a homeowner's parking stall or visitor parking. Installation costs are likely to be lower for stalls that are closer to an electrical outlet or the electrical room.
The type of access
Access to the charger may be exclusive to one homeowner or shared between several electric vehicle drivers (including other homeowners and visitors). Access type can affect the number of chargers installed, the suitability of charging locations, and the type of charger(s) selected.