The Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Toolkit
The Electric Vehicle Charging Toolkit provides the information you need to initiate your electric vehicle charger installation project.
About the Electric Vehicle 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.
- Contact details for planning permission
The location of charging infrastructure will have a large bearing on its success.
Why consider installing an electric vehicle charger for customers?
Charging infrastructure may be a good way to attract more people to your business. Many hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets have found that installing chargers can be a differentiator. For a retailer, it may increase the amount of time people spend in or around your establishment. Depending on how many chargers you install, if you own the land on which you aim to install the charger then the process of installation and connection is likely to be simpler than if you want to install it in front of your shop on council-owned land.
Why consider installing an electric vehicle charger for my business?
Buying an electric vehicle is a great way to differentiate your business, lower transport costs, and enjoy quiet, efficient motoring. If you want to install electric vehicle chargers it is usually a simple process, especially if it is on your own land. Read our how-to-guides for everything you need to know about installing a charger on your land.
How much will an electric vehicle charger cost?
Typical costs for investing in an electric vehicle charger for your business or for your customers include:
- Buying a charger: $1,000 - $10,000 typical
Using the Electric Vehicle Charging Toolkit
The Electric Vehicle Charging Toolkit broadly can be used sequentially to support you on your journey as you go through the various stages of an electric vehicle charger project.
The toolkit is recommended for use in the following order:
While there are currently no regulations specific to electric vehicle chargers for site accessibility, it may be an important consideration when future-proofing sites for future legislation or regulatory changes. Considerations may include:
- electric vehicle charging for existing accessibility car parks
Interested in installing an electric vehicle charger but not quite sure where to start? The Toolkit provides information about electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, site selection considerations, which approvals may be needed and more.
Answering a range of common questions about electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Provides a glossary of the terms used throughout the Toolkit.
Choosing Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)
A brief overview that can help you to decide which charge station(s) might be right for your project, covering:
Types/Levels of chargers
Charger Terminology and Descriptions
Charger Design and Features
Management software and billing services
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.
As an owner of an electric vehicle charge station, there are variety of ways you can benefit from the investment. This information may help you decide how to operate your charging station, covering:
Sources of revenue
Charge station operation
This site selection matrix can be used to quantify the feasibility of a potential site for installing EVSE. 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. Simply score each site against the functional and technical criteria set out in the tool and it will output a score and rating.
Once you have followed the recommended process in the Site Selection Matrix to select the appropriate site to install an electric vehicle charger, it is now time to commence installation of the charger. The overview of the installation process provides a list of actions to guide you through from site inspection to commission.
The approval process for a given project will depend on the land use, ownership and scale of the electric vehicle charging station. Use the guide and flowcharts to help you provide the Council with the right information when seeking approval for the charge station installation.
Like any investment in infrastructure, there are certain aspects to be aware of that may impact upon your installation. This risk and hazard matrix will help you identify the main risks and how to minimise them across the following categories.
Legal / Regulatory
This checklist comprises a step-by-step guide to procurement and installation of your charging station.
Publicly accessible charging stations should be easy to find, with clear signage directing electric vehicle 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.
EV Charging Toolkit
Image credit: Bathurst Regional Council