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Strata Community Association (SCA) is proud to officially launch its industry leading Electric Vehicles in Strata – Phase 2 ‘Challenges’ Report.

In continuing response to the rapidly increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia, SCA identified a critical need to investigate the significant, and unique challenges that are faced when attempting to integrate EVs into strata.

The report is available to download on our website, by following the link here.

Key Report Takeaways

  • In most jurisdictions in Australia, and in New Zealand, the threshold for voting within a strata committee to install EV infrastructure is a majority vote, or 50%.
  • Almost all older buildings in Australia and NZ have not been built with the level of electrical infrastructure sufficient to support the additional load that EV charging creates.
  • The National Construction Code requires that new buildings are created to be EV ready from 1 October 2022, with a full program of integration commencing on 1 May 2023.
  • Almost half of apartments are rented, meaning a balance must be struck between consumer demand and owner commitments to EV infrastructure, with government and supplier incentives and funding playing a part.
  • Emissions reductions and net zero commitments will not be possible without the integration of the one in five Australian residents who live in strata complexes.

SCA’s Policy Priorities

  • Strata buildings and complexes are integrated into electrification strategies at the same pace as freestanding homes.
  • Funding programs are created to establish baseline backbone infrastructure capability in all existing strata buildings in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Insurers and fire, rescue and safety technicians work closely with SCA and other service providers to ensure that policies and programs are laid out in an effective and equitable manner for strata communities.
  • Federal, state, territory and local governments consult proactively and rigorously with SCA to produce policy, legislative and regulatory outcomes that enable strata residents to access and benefit from electrification programs.
Facts and statistics about EVs and Strata:

  • Australia’s total EVs almost doubled in 2022, growing from 44,000 to more than 83,000.
  • Global electric vehicles sales are expected to grow by 35% in 2023.
  • EVs are estimated to account for 49 per cent of total vehicle sales in Australia by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2040.
  • 1 in 5 Australians are estimated to be living in strata-titled properties such as apartments and townhouses.

For SCA’s full media release, look here.

If you have any questions regarding the report, please contact:

Article contributed by Strata Community Association National

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