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Strata communities are realising the importance of adapting to support sustainable living, and a significant part of this shift involves Electric Vehicles (EVs). In this two-part series, we’ll guide strata community members through the process of making strata buildings EV-ready.

New Regulations for EV Charging in Strata

As of October 2023, the National Construction Code in Australia mandates EV charging access in all newly constructed strata buildings. For new builds, this is relatively straightforward, but retrofitting existing buildings is more complex. It involves careful planning, not only for installing charging points but also for ensuring that the electrical infrastructure, power load management, and billing systems can support EVs.

Understanding EV Readiness

Being EV-ready means more than just installing EV chargers. It requires preparing your building with the right electrical and structural support for EV charging.

Key EV Challenges for Strata Buildings

Existing strata buildings face unique challenges:

Addressing the Limited Number of Parking Spaces

With the increasing adoption of EVs, strata communities must reconsider their parking strategies, especially in buildings where parking space is already scarce. The challenge is accommodating the growing need for EV charging stations without worsening the existing parking shortage.

Common property areas within strata buildings are often considered suitable for EV charging stations. However, retrofitting these areas requires careful planning to minimise disruption to existing parking arrangements and ensure equitable access for all residents. Additionally, it’s crucial to address or prevent ICE’ing (unauthorised parking in EV charging bays).

The Phenomena of ICEing and Range Anxiety

Strata managers must understand ICEing and range anxiety when planning EV charging strategies.

ICEing: This occurs when non-EV (or Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles occupy EV charging bays, hindering access for EVs. It also includes situations where EVs park in dedicated charging bays without actively charging, known as “hogging.” Misusing these bays for general parking can be problematic.

Range Anxiety: This is the fear of running out of charge before reaching a destination or the next charging station. Addressing ICEing is essential to prevent range anxiety among strata residents, ensuring a smooth transition to EVs.

Tackling the Challenges for Better EV Adoption

ICEing is not only inconvenient but also discourteous. It’s a barrier to effective EV adoption and demands proactive measures. Addressing ICEing requires vigilant enforcement such as parking barriers and adopting parking systems.

Strata managers must implement clear policies regarding the use of EV charging bays and provide a reliable network of charging stations to support the growing number of EV users.

Upgrading Electrical Infrastructure for EV Charging in Strata

Introducing EV charging facilities in strata buildings requires changes in power consumption measurement. Many existing buildings lack the necessary electrical infrastructure, which may necessitate upgrades. The size and cost of these upgrades vary, depending on factors like the building’s age, size, and anticipated power consumption due to EV adoption. Evaluating the existing electrical system’s capacity, identifying constraints, and carrying out necessary enhancements are crucial for a smooth transition to EV-friendly infrastructure.

Streamlining Cost Allocation and Billing for EV Charging in Strata

Developing an effective strategy for billing and cost allocation can be complex.

Effective cost allocation requires meticulous tracking. Strata buildings can track individual EV Charging usage by enhancing building parking systems with smart parking bollard.

Often, strata managers are responsible for managing these costs. Key considerations include tracking individual usage, handling shared expenses, and determining fair ways to reimburse the strata corporation for electricity.

Balancing Resident Needs

Strata buildings must balance the needs of both EV and non-EV owners for parking. Conducting resident surveys and fostering open dialogue can help create a collaborative environment where diverse needs are understood and addressed. Engaging residents in decision-making ensures equitable parking availability for all, regardless of their vehicle type.

Regulatory and Compliance Considerations

Adapting to the EV trend requires understanding and complying with various regulations. This includes local building codes, council regulations, electrical standards, and safety protocols. Consulting with experts and regulatory bodies can offer valuable insights for seamless integration of EV charging facilities.

Proactive Planning and Collaboration

Proactive planning and collaboration are essential to tackle the complexities of EV charging installation. Customising solutions can make the process more effective. By implementing EV charging stations, strata buildings enhance amenities, resident satisfaction, and contribute positively to environmental sustainability.


EV readiness goes beyond regulatory compliance; it’s a step towards a greener, more sustainable future. This article has outlined key considerations and steps to achieve EV readiness in your strata building.

At ThatsMySpot, we install smart parking bollards in EV charging bays to ensure fair access, optimise turnover, and prevent ICEing. Download our PDF guide on How to be EV ready in your strata building. In Part 2 of this series, we detail the steps a strata building should follow to be fully EV ready.

This article was contributed by Angelique Mentis, Director,

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  1. Ray White

    Can you please address the fire risk and associated higher insurance costs. In my units, each owner has an underground double car park in an individual secure garage. Each garage has a standrd power point which is the responsibility of the owner. Overall insurance cover is the joint responsibily of all owners through the Body Corporate.
    We have no smoke alarms in the underground garage as they would not be heard in the residential areas. We are aware of EV’s, electric bikes and scooters bursting into flames and the difficulty of controlling such fires. Would the Body Corporate have the power to ban charging in members garages?
    Any information/experience that is available would be most useful. Thank you.

  2. Angelique Mentis

    HI Raymond
    Thanks for your message here.
    Fire risk is something we look at in Part 2 of this 2 part series, and we refer you to the industry experts in the area, and will refer you to that information in the next segment. There has been a lot of misinformation disseminated about fire risk, but we could do an entire piece on the various ways to mitigate it.

    Re scooter and e-bike fires, they incur a much higher fire risk than electric vehicles, as they are largely unregulated. We’ve seen a broad range of ways to handle this from requiring e-bikes and scooters to be stored on-site only in fire-proofed rooms in the basement which have been or can be isolated electrically; not allowing them to be taken upstairs into apartments, to complete bans of them.

    I’ve also been talking to a number of insurance brokers, and explaining the importance of getting proper information.

    I’m not a fire or safety engineer in any way, so I can’t advise as to whether sprinklers are required underground if they can’t be heard there. Perhaps someone else in the community can answer that question?

  3. John Hoad

    The issue of EV fires has been the subject of objective statistical analysis and so far the data has revealed that the risk of EV fires is significantly lower than that for ICE vehicles. It should also be noted that there are lithium-ion batteries in hybrid vehicles, so the presence of lithium-ion batteries in the vehicle fleet is more than just that found in pure BEV’s. To be frank it is unsurprising given the fossil fuel industry and most of the traditional auto manufacturers have a vested interest in slowing down the transition to electrification that they have been bad actors and have employed the tactics which were used by the tobacco industry of funding the spread of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt). The battery management systems in todays EV’s monitor the health and temperature of the battery. They will even prevent the vehicle from charging if they detect a problem with the electrical circuit they are plugged into. The same cannot be said for E scooters and E bicycles not subject to the regulation.

    1. Angelique Mentis

      John Hoad, you are 1000% correct – we’ll be addressing EV firesafety a bit more in the second part of our post this week. FUD and scaremongering certainly has a lot to do with it.
      We certainly have the experts on hand about this.
      You may wish to check out our article here