EV Tech

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Au­tomak­ers are zap­ping ahead with im­prove­ments to make the EV (Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle) a more af­ford­able and de­sir­able op­tion com­pared the in­fer­nal com­bus­tion en­gine. How­ever, the ele­phant sit­ting on the power line needs to be ad­dressed – in­fra­struc­ture. This is not about the lat­est and great­est ‘leccy car”, this is about how you can have your very own EV ‘fuel sta­tion’ and maybe even – in the long term – make some money out of it. Got your at­ten­tion now? We’ll be­gin by in­tro­duc­ing an unas­sum­ing fac­tory in One­hunga, home to a busi­ness named af­ter it’s found­ing fam­ily. This is Jack­son In­dus­tries, a com­pany which has been op­er­at­ing for the last 40 years as some­thing of a power-be­hind-the-throne busi­ness, pro­vid­ing the means for other NZ en­ter­prises to shine in the world’s spot­light. But you do need an un­der­stand­ing of what Jack­son does be­fore we let you in on what the com­pany is about to do. Jack­son is best de­scribed as a mul­ti­fac­eted com­pany, which started in the elec­tri­cal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing and sup­ply in­dus­try, moved into pre­ci­sion CNC ma­chin­ing and then into con­struc­tion tool­ing, with a spe­cial­ist in­ter­est in com­pos­ite struc­tures and be­spoke poly­mer de­vel­op­ment. You can look that last one up – it’s pretty cool. The com­pany’s well-re­spected ex­per­tise is di­verse, with a con­tin­u­ing drive to­wards in­no­va­tion, while the day-to-day op­er­a­tional model is based on tra­di­tional val­ues where ef­fec­tive part­ner­ships are a core busi­ness con­sid­er­a­tion. By way of ex­am­ple, Jack­son has a long­stand­ing part­ner­ship with elec­tri­cal spe­cial­ist firm ABL Sur­sum, out of Ger­many. ABL has long sup­plied trusted, re­li­able and proven elec­tri­cal switchgear and com­po­nen­try to New Zealand via Jack­son, which has – through its own em­pha­sis on ex­cel­lence and qual­ity – en­hanced the rep­u­ta­tion of ABL prod­uct here. Given the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two com­pa­nies, Jack­son has been ap­proached to mar­ket ABL’S pro­pri­etary EV charge sta­tions. The tim­ing couldn’t have been bet­ter as the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of EVS con­tin­ues to elec­trify the New Zealand mar­ket and now Jack­son – in typ­i­cal fash­ion – is ready to de­liver a so­lu­tion, crit­i­cal to the on­go­ing suc­cess of the EV here. It’s all well and good own­ing an EV or ad­her­ing to the Gov­ern­ment man­dated fig­ure of 64,000 EVS buzzing around by 2021, but where do the driv­ers get the Go Juice from? To­day, there are a good num­ber of pub­licly-sited charg­ing sta­tions around for the com­par­a­tively lim­ited (so far) num­ber of EV’S; but as petrol sta­tions ul­ti­mately needed to be ev­ery­where for con­sumer con­ve­nience, EV charge sta­tions will need to be as well. The most con­veni­nent lo­ca­tions for charg­ing your EV are ob­vi­ously your home and your work place. Up un­til now, the op­tion of be­ing able to own your per­sonal charge sta­tion is ei­ther some­thing you may not have con­sid­ered or if you had, you’ve prob­a­bly as­sumed such sta­tions would be priced well out of your reach. Un­til now. Jack­son’s part­ner­ship with ABL Sur­sum has led to the New Zealand com­pany be­ing able to pro­vide com­pact and ar­chi­tec­turally el­e­gant charg­ing sta­tions suit­able for home or small busi­ness use for less than the price of a spa pool on spe­cial. Fur­ther­more, it’s pos­si­ble to in­vest in a charge sta­tion able to charge two ve­hi­cles si­mul­ta­ne­ously, yours and some­one else’s, which is where the money-mak­ing po­ten­tial comes into it. Just put your en­tre­pre­neur­ial hat on for a mo­ment, you’ll fig­ure it out. Jack­son will be show­cas­ing its af­ford­able charge sta­tions at a num­ber of EV ex­pos and road­shows over the next few months. It will also be ap­proach­ing any­one com­mis­sion­ing or con­sult­ing on Green­fields build­ing projects, fu­ture­proof­ing for the EV rev­o­lu­tion. How­ever, the charge sta­tions can be in­stalled in ex­ist­ing struc­tures, so if your fleet is up­grad­ing to an EV or two, you might want to visit the www.jack­son.co.nz web­site first: it would be power-box­ing clever.

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