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.