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Power in the home: the future of EV charging

Power in the home: the future of EV charging

Electric vehicles are poised to overtake their petrol and diesel counterparts in the near future, but what does that mean for the future of EV charging? The latest technology available in New Zealand is small, smart and suited to all manner of applications.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

By 2030, global passenger electric vehicle (EV) sales are forecast to rise to 28 million, and by 2040 to surpass 56 million. In 2040, EVs are expected to represent 57 per cent of all global passenger car sales.

Those figures may seem staggering considering our current reliance on petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles but as of November 2019, according to Hyundai New Zealand general manager Andy Sinclair, there were 17,505 electric vehicles on New Zealand roads, around 13,000 of which were purely electric (rather than hybrid vehicles).

Compared to the four million petrol and diesel vehicles on our roads as of the same date, EVs are a far sight from the 57 per cent estimated in 10 years, but things change fast. In September 2019 alone, there were 1008 new registrations for electric vehicles and Hyundai’s Andy Sinclair reported an 80 per cent surge in EV sales in the year prior.

However, with limited infrastructure available for pure electric vehicles as drivers start to transition to these cleaner vehicles, eyes are on cost and convenience, two central factors in a smooth transition to EVs and charging stations rather than petrol stations.

According to data released by Te Manatu Waka (The Ministry of Transport), at the end of May 2020 EV ownership in New Zealand was dominated by individuals, who owned 77 per cent of all light LVs registered in Aotearoa while companies owned just 19 per cent.

“As more and more people opt for EV rather than petrol or diesel passenger car ownership, the options for charging are coming into the spotlight,” ABB’s Debbie van der Schyff said. “Late last year, Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa (Worksafe) released revised guidelines for safe electric vehicle charging, which outline a set of preferred criteria to ensure electric vehicle safety equipment (EVSE) is used and installed correctly and safely.

“These guidelines set out that all private dwellings where occupants drive a company-owned EV should have a specialised EV charger installed that is not run from a standard residential electrical socket and is installed with a dedicated circuit to account for the larger electric load that EV chargers require.”

Next generation home EV charging

In response to the growing interest in EV sales in New Zealand, ABB released its next generation residential EV charger this month. Known as the Terra AC Wallbox, it is small, smart and futuristic, Debbie says.

“ABB is the world leader in EV charging and this smart and compact home charger represents the world-leading quality and technology ABB is known for.”

Because EV chargers cannot be run from a standard socket, they must be installed by a trained professional. “Once installed, the Terra AC Wallbox is managed remotely from our server, which means we can push through software updates automatically as they are available rather than having a technician needing to visit the property to update the charger.

“This is the next generation of EV home charging. It is operable via bluetooth, wi-fi or ethernet so users can manage or optimise power usage for certain times of the day or ensure energy loadings are prioritised as well as being able to easily access the charge status of their vehicle.”

The Terra AC Wallbox is compatible with all EVs in New Zealand, Debbie says, and it can be installed indoors or outdoors.

“We describe these chargers as ‘destination chargers’ as they can be used effectively in the home, or at destinations such as hotels, motels or workplaces where people are likely to park their car for a number of hours.”

Find out more about the future of EV charging in New Zealand.

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