Elec­tric car garages: the way of the fu­ture

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

With the ever-ris­ing cost of fuel prices, the thought of trad­ing in your pow­er­ful gas-guz­zler for an eco-friendly elec­tric car is be­com­ing more en­tic­ing - and prop­erty de­vel­op­ers are be­gin­ning to make this de­ci­sion even more of a no-brainer.

“Es­pe­cially since the eco-es­tate trend has seen such a pop­u­lar up­take, many of the more up­mar­ket hous­ing de­vel­op­ments are be­gin­ning to con­struct homes with built-in charge sta­tions in the garages. We fore­see this trend grow­ing in line with the growth rate in pop­u­lar­ity and de­mand for elec­tric ve­hi­cles in South Africa,” says Adrian Goslett, re­gional di­rec­tor and CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa.

De­pend­ing on the brand and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the charg­ers (the charg­ers' volt­age nor­mally range from around 16A to 32A, de­pend­ing on the power ca­pac­ity of the home), home in­stal­la­tions can cost any­thing be­tween R9 000 and R25 000. The ac­tual elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tion costs any­thing be­tween R4 000 and R8 000. The vari­a­tion in cost usu­ally de­pends on the dis­tance to the DB board and the ex­tent of civil work needed. Find­ing a home that al­ready has built-in charg­ers will save home­own­ers a size­able amount of cash, and will in­crease the value of a home once the de­mand for these ve­hi­cles aligns with global trends.

Ger­linde Moser, bro­ker /owner of RE/

MAX Liv­ing op­er­at­ing within the Cape’s At­lantic Se­aboard and City Bowl, says, “In Am­s­ter­dam, al­most ev­ery home­owner parks their cars at an elec­tric park­ing spot. At Ikea in Vi­enna, the park­ing lot has plug points for elec­tric cars, so you can park and charge your car while shop­ping. We are not quite there yet. This trend might take a while to pick up in South Africa. Cur­rently, there are only a few elec­tric cars on our roads as they are often too ex­pen­sive, and carry the stigma of not hav­ing as pow­er­ful an engine as a petrol / diesel car.

“For now, the trend is likely to be adopted only by the wealth­ier or more en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious who live in up­mar­ket de­vel­op­ments.” And she's not in­cor­rect in her pre­dic­tions. Win­stone Jor­daan, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Grid Cars (an elec­tric ve­hi­cle com­pany lead­ing South Africa's green mo­bil­ity rev­o­lu­tion), says that they have al­ready started dis­cus­sions with some de­vel­op­ers about in­clud­ing charge points in up­mar­ket homes. Jor­daan is also deal­ing with many prop­erty man­age­ment groups who are hop­ing to roll out charge points at their pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties in the near fu­ture. Per­haps the days of charg­ing sta­tions at com­mer­cial park­ing lots are not too far off for South Africans.

“As dif­fi­cult as it is to imag­ine a day when our roads will be filled with elec­tric ve­hi­cles, global trends fore­cast that this will be the way of the fu­ture. We pre­dict that, as this trend picks up lo­cally, more and more houses will have built-in charg­ing sta­tions for elec­tric ve­hi­cles,” says Goslett.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.