Budget: Why chargers for apartment blocks differ from standard home chargers

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There are some fundamental differences in charging points used for remote car parks compared to home chargers

Whilst its relatively easy to benchmark the price of a standard smart home charger install, this cannot be used as a direct comparison for a charging solution used for apartment blocks and residential developments with remote car parks.

This article helps explains the differences and why they are two completely different type of charging solutions:

Charging units

For communal charging units, you will commonly look to deploy a faster charging station rather than a standard 7kW socket that is. Using 11kW to 50kW chargers will naturally be more expensive than 7kW.

For a 7kW installed in an allocated or dedicated bay, you will need a charging point that has the ability to reimburse the landlords supply. For more information about this, read our separate article that provides more detail about how this is achieved.

Ultimately, you a require a commercial type of solution, and most standard home chargers do not offer the functionality for reimbursing a landlords supply because the power normally comes from their own property.

Electrical installation

Most home chargers are priced based on a 10m distance from a consumer unit that has available capacity for the charging point to be installed.

Both communal and allocated charging points in a remote car park require a completely different level of installation. Not only are cable runs typically longer than 10m, but installers are commonly required to take power from a location that was never designed to support charging points.

For faster communal chargers you would require access to a three phase electrical supply. Distribution boards and cabling are more expensive than domestic single phase materials.

Longer cable runs and sometimes in multiples will also require additional works to recess or contain the cables so not to spoil the aesthetics of the development.

Civils works

The basic installation price for a standard home charger does not include any form of civils works because the cable runs are short, and the charging unit is mounted to a wall.

Some charging solutions will need to be floor standing by the nature of their location. Sometime extensive ground works are unavoidable because of where the power supply is located in relation to the charging point location(s).

Upgrading power

Apartment blocks and residential developments are not typically designed to support the amount of power needed for multiple charging points.

Most standard home chargers can be installed using the power available from their property. Taking the power from a landlords supply which was most likely designed to support only the car park lighting and perhaps electric gates, so a power upgrade is most likely required.

Find the right budget

Understanding what is required for your development, and then assigning a suitable budget to implement it is not easy without expert help.

We will provide you with all of the available options, budgets and considerations to allow the management company to make an informed decision on the best way to move forward.

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