7 things to prepare your home for electric cars


The electric car at home


The 7 things to prepare your home for electric cars in Victoria are handy if you are considering charging at home. Purchasers and tenants of houses and strata properties are asking where they could charge an electric car. As real estate is generally a long-term investment many are seeing electric cars in their future. Moreover, many people who already have electric cars are finding public charging stations are not always convenient.


From a real estate perspective providing convenience at the sale is usually very well received by purchasers and tenants. Adding value and point of difference generally increases interest and potentially the price. Vendors will consider the cost and whether it is worth the investment.


The cost of the installation can range from $500.00 to $2000 and the chargers range from $1,200 to $3,000. If you notice more electric vehicles in your area, that cost may be a sensible investment.


7 Points


  1. Consult professionals. Ask electricians whether they have expertise in installing electric vehicle charging installations. They can provide guidance on equipment selection, installation requirements, and safety considerations.


  1. Install a home charging station. You will need to install a Level 2 charging station at your home. This typically requires a dedicated circuit and professional installation. This level of power provides faster charging compared to a standard household outlet (Level 1). A licensed electrician must install the charging station, as it requires a dedicated circuit and proper wiring.


  1. Assess electrical capacity. Check if your home’s electrical system can support the charging station. You may need to upgrade your electrical panel or wiring if necessary. Determine if your home’s electrical panel can handle the additional load of a charging station. Older homes may need upgrades to support this. The electrician will assess the current capacity and make any necessary upgrades to the electrical system.


  1. Consider solar panels. If feasible, installing solar panels can offset the electricity used for charging your electric car, making it more sustainable. Solar panels can generate clean energy to power your electric car, reducing your carbon footprint and energy costs. Calculate the size of the solar panel system needed based on your car’s charging requirements and your energy consumption.


  1. Check building regulations. Contact your local council to understand the regulations and permits required for installing a charging station at home. You must ensure compliance with local building codes and regulations for installing charging stations and making electrical modifications.


  1. Plan for parking. Make sure you have a designated parking spot or garage where you can install the charging station conveniently. Designate a parking spot or garage for your electric car with access to the charging station. Install the charging station in a convenient location that allows easy access for charging.


  1. Explore incentives. Check for government incentives or rebates available for installing electric vehicle charging infrastructure at home. These incentives can help offset the costs of purchasing and installing the charging station.


Australia is lagging when it comes to buying electric vehicles. This is mostly because of range anxiety and the high costs of purchase and insurance. However, we will have to catch up as overseas manufacturers of petrol vehicles transition to electric. Purchasers and tenants are asking about chargers, it is now a growing part of the real estate discourse.