Electric Vehicle Charger Information for

Council Staff Members

Helping Council staff understand the process of installing electric vehicle chargers

About the EV Charging Toolkit


Electric vehicles are expected to radically change our transport system towards a sustainable, low carbon model. Many residents and businesses will adopt the technology as new and desirable models enter the market. As uptake of electric vehicles increases, so too will demand for charging services. This presents an opportunity for businesses in Central NSW to generate income from the provision of charging services. The EV Charging Toolkit is designed to facilitate the roll-out of charging infrastructure, by providing: - Information about charging hardware and installation - Processes to follow when installing a charger
- Contact details for planning permission This toolkit was produced by: Central NSW Joint Organisation and Evenergi




Site selection


The location of charging infrastructure will have a large bearing on its success. A good site will possess a range or characteristics classified into two groups; functional characteristics that will influence the value that the site has to EV drivers, and technical characteristics that will influence the cost of the charging station development. A site that scores well in functional criteria is more likely to have higher utilisation and potential for revenue generation, and a site that scores will in technical criteria will likely be more feasible or cost effective to execute. Functional criteria that will influence the value that the site has to EV drivers: - A short walking distance to key existing facilities - Median patronage of nearby facilities - Access for passing traffic - Site accessibility - Nearby retailers supportiveness levels - Nearby facilities underlying conduciveness to appropriate duration stays - Adequacy of parking outside of proposed EV charger locations - Near-term local EV concentration - To protect from the elements, proposed site is enclosed - Protection from the elements - Site owner supportiveness of EVSE installation - Clarity of Council pathway to approval Technical Criteria that will influence the cost and feasibility of the site: - Site drainage suitability - The difference between site electrical capacity and the existing maximum demand - Site reticulation electrial and physical capactiy - Site 3G/4G reception quality - Proximity of charger to switchboard - Site does not present major installation challenges A site selection matrix can be found here and can be used to help prioritise sites for further investigation. Average ratings for functional criteria and technical criteria are generated as a score out of 5, and described as ranging from 'Very Strong', 'Moderately Strong', 'Fair' through to 'Poor'. This tool can be downloaded and used to compare various alternative sites for functional and technical suitability, but as a model should be considered a guide only, and should be supplemented by site specific considerations by experienced installers. Installers may approach multiple sites and work through the various considerations iteratively until a specific site is identified. It can be advantagrous to progress reviews of multiple identified sites in case unexpected roadblocks are encountered in relation to a specific site upon closer inspection by experienced installers.




Installation and procurement planning checklist


The installation and procurement planning checklist which can be found in the EV Toolkit can be used as a guide to the process of installing EV chargers at an identified site. This may be useful in assisting businesses or the public with queries to Council on how to install an EV charger.





EV Charging Toolkit

Guiding material to assist you to select and install an EV charging station

FAQs

Answering a range of common questions about EVs and EV charging

Overview of Charging Station Technologies

A brief overview of charging station technologies that provides a foundation for making decisions on which charging station(s) might be right for your project, covering:

  • Charging services

  • Types/Levels of chargers

  • Charger Terminology and Descriptions

  • Charger Design and Features

  • Management software and billing services

 

Overview of Charging System Installation Process

A list of actions to guide you through the installation process from site inspection to commission.

 

Application of EV charging Infrastructure (Charger Typologies)

Electric vehicle charging stations take many shapes and sizes, and this overview will help you decide what type of charging station is best suited to your charging needs.

 

Overview of Charger Operational Models

An operator can derive value from a commercial charge station in a variety of ways, and this information may help you decide how to operate your charging station, covering:

  • Value creation

  • Sources of revenue

  • Charge station operation

 

EV Charger Risk/Hazard Matrix

Installing an EV charger is not without risk. This risk/hazard matrix will help you identify the main risks and how to minimise them across the following categories. 

  • Financial

  • Safety

  • Business Productivity

  • Operational

  • Reputation

  • Legal / Regulatory​

 

Site Selection Matrix

The site selection matrix can be used to quantify the feasibility of a potential site for. Simply score each site against the functional and technical criteria set out in the tool and it will output a score and rating. This can be used to help understand the suitability of your business site for charging or to compare a number of potential commercial charge station sites in an objective way.

Approval Process Flowcharts

The approval process for a given project will depend on the land use, ownership and scale of the electric vehicle charging station. Use this set of approval process flowcharts as a guide to help you provide the Council with the right information when seeking approval for the charge station installation.

Approval Process Flowcharts Guide

Use the approval process flowcharts in conjunction with this guide to help you provide the council or relevant authority with the right information when seeking approval for a charging station installation.

 

Procurement and installation Planning Checklist

This checklist comprises a step-by-step guide to procurement and installation of your charging station.

 

Charge Station Signage Guide

Publicly accessible charging stations should be easy to find, with clear signage directing EV drivers to the car park and specific charging bays within. The charge station signage guide provides considerations that may be useful in planning signage for your project.