Urban Taskforce, a lobby group for developers, said retrofitting existing apartment buildings was problematic because they had not been designed for a significant new demand for power supply from electric vehicle charging.
“It potentially requires upgrades to substations and power supply from the grid,” chief executive Tom Forrest said. “This will be a matter for owners corporations and strata managers to consider on a case-by-case basis. There is also an opportunity cost with putting in an extra bulky substation.”
Forrest said the key to rolling out charging units in new apartment buildings would be to ensure that it was both practical and financially feasible to deliver the required electricity supply. “It is easier in greenfield locations where you have large developments, and you have available power,” he said.
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