EV Unplugged: Charging Ahead into the Future of Electric Vehicles

July 05, 2023

We sat down with Chris Murray, our resident Business Development Manager here at NDF Group, to discuss his view on electric vehicles and chargers. Chris is particularly enthusiastic about this topic, and he was eager to share his insights on the current developments and provided us with some essential details regarding electric vehicle chargers. His expertise and knowledge allowed us to gain a deeper understanding of this rapidly evolving industry. With confidence, we look forward to relying on Chris for further valuable information in the upcoming months. Follow our news for his comprehensive coverage of electric vehicles, charging stations, home battery storage and a host of related topics.

Are all EV chargers the same?

No, they are not, however, it’s not as overwhelming as it may seem. Every brand presents its unique charger design, encompassing key socket types, outlets, and PIN configurations specific to Australia. These variations cater to the diverse DC or AC charging requirements prevalent in the industry. Car manufacturers select the socket type for their electric vehicles, currently a trend towards standardization on one socket, such as CCS2 or CHAdeMO. As a licensed professional or specialized electric vehicle charging installer, like NDF Group, it is crucial to stay updated on these socket types to ensure proper installation and compatibility. The future of EV Charging will be two-Way, they are as follows: Grid to building (G to B), building to grid (B to G), or EV to grid (V to G). In an ideal world, our car’s batteries will become storage units for our houses, or business needs during the daytime, charged by solar energy.  At night, we will utilize lower tariffs from the grid to recharge the car’s batteries using AC Power at lower rates.

With the predicted nine out of 10 new car sales to be electric by 2030, installing an EV Charger in your home today is a smart decision. It will future proof your home and prepare your residence with convenient and reliable charging options from your doorstep.
Chris Murray / Business Development Manager at NDF Group

Do I need a home charger?

While the answer may be no for some, I personally view electric vehicle charging stations as a fantastic addition. In fact, I’m excited to install one in my own home. Having an EV charging station will allow me to assist friends who visit with electric vehicles, assisting them with a top-up before they leave. I’m eager to be the first in my street to embrace this convenient technology. It won’t be long before our kids, family members, visitors, or friends visit with an Electric Vehicle. Statics are currently showing uptake from 5% to almost 50% by 2025, and I am confident we will all be headed that way for our next vehicle purchase. There are alternatives to owning a home charger, as you may have noticed the increasing presence of community superchargers that are coming into view. Some of these options even offer free or affordable charging opportunities. However, the convenience of charging in the comfort of my home, in my own time, appeals to me.

Does size matter?

Size isn’t necessarily a crucial factor, provided you plan effectively. The utilization of a Single Phase (240v 10Amp) standard socket, Plug-In adaptor can sufficiently recharge your vehicle, although it will take approximately 8 hours, so having your own home charger offers great convenience! The decision ultimately comes down to personal preference around your charging habits and patterns. Recently, I had a conversation with a young girl who drives a Tesla Model 3. Interestingly, she doesn’t own a home charger and instead relies on a fast charger available at her university on a daily basis. These types of vehicles can cover a distance of approximately 440km per charge. So, with smart planning and foresight, it is possible to manage without a home charger. Therefore, the size of the charger becomes a matter of personal choice, based on individual needs, requirements, and of course, your electrical infrastructure.

Step into the future with an EV charger for your residence or business. Embrace sustainability, innovation, and convenience while preparing for the transition to electric vehicles. Lead the way and inspire others by seamlessly integrating an EV charger into your daily life. Please contact us to help you choose the correct charging type for your home or vehicle.

Further information on our NDF Energy residential solution or contact us to find out how we can help you. 


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