RCR Infrastructure Blogs and News. Call us now for enquiries!

The Race To Net Zero

It seems that we are being bombarded by bad climate news more and more with no end in sight. Despite the efforts of individual countries and international organisations, we are still failing to stop the growth of emissions globally. With an increase in average global temperatures and the unquestionable need for deeper and faster emission cuts, it is time for the private sector to also step up and take action in this space.

Not only is sustainable business beneficial to the environment, but studies have shown that for businesses it can lead to long-term financial success, thanks in large to the “Sustainable Consumer”. The B2C nature of sales puts retailers in a unique position compared to other industries.

Consumers are willing to pay more for sustainably sourced and/or produced products, and this willingness to pay more is even greater among Millennials and parents. And as Generation Z is entering the workforce, studies show a preference for sustainable goods. When we look at behaviour around sustainability at a generational level, Gen Z and Millennials are much more likely to favour sustainable lifestyle choices. They are also more likely to share information about products that are good for the planet with their friends and peers. In a study conducted by EY, it was found that Gen Z represents over 20% of the population in New Zealand and will be the most significant consumer segment in terms of spend in coming years. In addition, the study showed that around 90% of New Zealanders are engaged to some degree on the topic of sustainability. Now that consumers have spoken, What does this mean for retailers?

How can retailers capitalise on the momentum of renewable energy?

Each step in the value chain, from sourcing to manufacturing to packaging to waste management, impacts the environment. This is why it’s critically important for retailers to consider the circularity of their operations.

The good news is, according to research by Greenspace, the retail sector is well ahead of other industries with a number of retail giants (Woolworths / Count Down, Aldi and Bunnings) already committing to 100% renewable energy. This is a great step forward and will no doubt prompt other retails giants to follow suit.

Demand for onsite renewable energy sources

Solar panels are becoming an increasingly common sight on rooftops and retail spaces as more landlords and owner-occupiers get on board with the idea of onsite renewable energy.

Green leases

Increasing in popularity are “Green Leases” – a lease between the landlord and tenant which aims to ensure that the ongoing use and operation of the building minimises environmental impacts.

With this type of contract, the tenant and building owner look at ways to jointly lower energy use. This can often result in a financial win for both parties.

It’s no surprise that landlords and investors are realising that onsite energy provision is a sound move. Here’s why;

  • Financial benefits of being self sufficient for both the landlord and retailer
  • Potential for additional income from excess energy produced
  • Future proof your asset and stay ahead of the curve
  • Securing onsite renewable energy supply could help existing buildings compete for the best tenants.

This demand for sustainable business solutions is evident across all levels of retail and commercial assets, this includes a shift whereby the preference for landlord and tenants would be to engage contractors and subcontractors who have adopted renewable energy and sustainability practises within their business operations as well.

For RCR Infrastructure, our commitment to sustainability is evident in the structured delivery of our services, which are routinely checked and managed. Through our planning and practice, we ensure the protection of the environment by keeping environmental harm to a minimum in a sustainable, economically rewarding and technically viable way.

Get in touch with our team today and already you will have taken a step in improving your business sustainability efforts.

The Impact of Smart Technology on Facilities Management

Technology has become such a necessity to daily living, both work and leisure, that it is no longer enough for a building just to house our electronics. Now, we expect a building to be “smart” and work for us. Buildings will no longer be passive shells that simply house operations, they will become automated and responsive, adapting to their users and the environment around them.

Monitoring and managing building conditions has always been a time-intensive job for the facilities management team and many facilities managers find themselves trapped in a reactive role. As such, the rise of smart buildings is a positive development. Smart technology allows facilities managers to take a much more predictive, proactive role as these technologies can provide a clear picture of everything that’s happening across all your buildings or spaces at any given time. Sensors can measure thousands of different variables on an ongoing basis, a no brainer when compared to the limitations of processing times and action by human teams.

Perhaps no technology trend has had a bigger impact on facilities management than the investment into “smart” building technologies. Like every other aspect of industry, facilities management will be transformed by digital technology even more so over the coming years.

What are smart buildings?

Smart buildings are buildings or structures that use automated processes to manage and control its operations (HVAC, lighting, security, and a variety of other systems). It is one that uses technology to enable efficient and economical use of resources. Smart buildings may use a wide range of existing technologies and are designed or retrofitted in a way that allows for the integration of future technological developments. Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, building management systems, artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality are amongst some of the mechanisms and robotics that may be used in a smart building to control and optimize its performance.

Types of smart building technologies

Internet of Things (IoT)

There’s no substitute for data-backed decision-making. Data is cultivated and harvested from strategic technologies dedicated to measuring specific variables. The more variables you track and measure, the more of your workplace you can quantify and ultimately control. The go-to collection mechanism is the workplace Internet of Things (IoT), which takes physical variables and turns them into digital insights.

  • Sensors measure a quantifiable action. Someone walks past a motion sensor and triggers it. The A/C kicks on from a smart thermostat reading. That action becomes a data point, studied by facility managers to affect change. The more sensors measuring different variables, the more insight and understanding facility managers have in how the workplace functions and what it needs.
  • Beacons are the nodes of the IoT. In a workplace with dozens of deployed sensors, beacons tie them all together and relay the continuous data they’re transmitting.
    A few key reasons why facilities managers and landlords opt to make their buildings smarter is to cut costs, save energy and reduce downtime and ultimately to enhance the guest and employee experience too.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning

One such technology that is bringing in new waves of change in the way buildings function is AI. Artificial intelligence is the process by which machines or software mimic human behaviour and intelligence, with an ability to both acquire and apply knowledge. This allows for automation within the machine or software without human intervention. #efficiency

AI has the power not only to automate buildings but also to make them truly adaptive, smart, and agile, with the use of AI analytics helping to improve operations, reduce inefficiencies, and lower costs across building platforms. Implementing AI into is easy and the applications thereof within smart buildings are extensive thanks to how easily AI integrates into IoT sensors and systems.

Automation systems

The most fundamental feature of a smart building is that the core systems within it are linked. Connecting smart technology, and other management systems together, means you can share information that can be used to automate various processes. A building automation system is a system, or set of systems, that provide automated control and monitoring within a building. Control is centralized, meaning that these systems can be monitored and adjusted from a small number of stations located throughout the building.

Building automation also ensures your facilities comply with all industry standards. With smart sensors, you will know what happens around your facilities, and can make any required updates or fixes in a timely manner to maintain the highest industry standards.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) might have started life as a niche product in the gaming industry, but its benefits have now transferred into the wider business sphere. Though virtual reality is not yet widespread within the facilities management industry, the technology has begun to become more powerful and affordable over recent years.

VR technology allows facility managers to perform virtual walkthroughs of a facility and these walkthroughs can be undertaken more frequently than traditional ones. Virtual walkthroughs can help users visualize a facility’s layout and assets. Potential risks and hazards can be spotted and addressed more timely. Improved efficiency and the higher frequency of walkthroughs helps to improve overall site safety.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

BIM software is used to create a realistic model of a building, but unlike a simple drawing, this model is aware of all of the building’s properties. BIM allows you to record facility information such as blueprints, emergency plans, plumbing, electrical installations, model them in 3D, and store them digitally, allowing easy access to your staff.

Building information modeling enables real-time collaboration between everyone involved in a construction project, leading to massive improvements in cost, safety, and efficiency. As a result, BIM is one of the most influential construction trends today. This kind of visual and spatial information is incredibly helpful during facility repairs or renovations, among other things.

Aerial drones

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are transforming our world. Within facility management, drones are primarily being used for convenience and its cost effective nature to conduct inspections in hard to reach areas such as rooftop equipment or building façades etc. Thanks to their size and agility, drones can also be used inside a building or retail space to provide intelligent support, taking over many routine or time-consuming tasks and freeing up employees to focus on more important things. Essentially they keep workers safe, and costs down. #winwin

Driven by the opportunities that new technologies bring; great things are already happening in the industry. Here at RCR Infrastructure, our goal is to equip ourselves with knowledge of these current and future developments in order to continue to be the driving force of the organisations which we service, as well as keeping the buildings and inhabitants alike working to peak performance.

If you would like talk about how we can help your asset keep up with the ever changing landscape of tech get in touch. We’d love to help out.

RCR: Breaking Down Gender Barriers

Gender discrimination is still a big issue in many workplaces. Although there have been some advancements made, women are often still outnumbered by men in leadership positions and face greater obstacles in achieving success in their careers. We see this particularly in our industry unfortunately.

There are however many ways that companies in our industry can help to break down gender barriers and promote equality. One way is by changing policies to get more women into management positions. This can be done by setting quotas for the number of women in management roles, or offering training and mentorship programs to encourage women to pursue leadership positions. While we have seen an increase in women CEO’s over the last couple of years, in 2021 globally only 26% of women held a CEO position* (*catalyst.org | Women in Management article | 1 March 2021 | https://www.catalyst.org/research/women-in-management/)

Another way to promote gender equality is by providing better perks and benefits for women. This can include offering better than industry standard maternity leave, flexible working arrangements in both working hours and working from home opportunities, and childcare benefits. These types of perks make it easier for women to manage their families and their careers.

Finally, another way to promote gender equality is by opening up more opportunities for women to enter the facilities management industry. This can be done by hosting events and workshops that focus on attracting women to the industry, or by offering internships and apprenticeships specifically for women.

As an equal opportunity employer with many women in leadership positions here at RCR Infrastructure, we are passionate about breaking the bias and bringing more women into the HVAC and facilities management industry.

If this sounds like you, be sure to get in touch with us and let’s chat through how we can help create a pathway for you into an industry you’ve always wanted to work within. We’d be more than happy help and we know our Director, Lorene Maher, would love the opportunity to share her story with like minded women who can add so much value to this great industry and RCR as a company.

The Role of Renewables in Retail

It seems that we are being bombarded by bad climate news more and more with no end in sight. Despite the efforts of individual countries and international organisations, we are still failing to stop the growth of emissions globally.  With an increase in average global temperatures and the unquestionable need for deeper and faster emission cuts, it is time for the private sector to also step up and take action in this space.

Not only is sustainable business beneficial to the environment, but studies have shown that for businesses it can lead to long-term financial success, thanks in large to the “Sustainable Consumer”. The B2C nature of sales puts retailers in a unique position compared to other industries.

Consumers are willing to pay more for sustainably sourced and/or produced products, and this willingness to pay more is even greater among Millennials and parents. And as Generation Z is entering the workforce, studies show a preference for sustainable goods. When we look at behaviour around sustainability at a generational level, Gen Z and Millennials are much more likely to favour sustainable lifestyle choices.  They are also more likely to share information about products that are good for the planet with their friends and peers. In a study conducted by EY, it was found that Gen Z represents over 20% of the population in Australia and New Zealand and will be the most significant consumer segment in terms of spend in coming years. In addition, the study showed that around 90% of Kiwi’s are engaged to some degree on the topic of sustainability. Now that consumers have spoken, What does this mean for retailers?

How can retailers capitalise on the momentum of renewable energy?

Each step in the value chain, from sourcing to manufacturing to packaging to waste management, impacts the environment. This is why it’s critically important for retailers to consider the circularity of their operations.

The good news is, according to research by Greenspace, the New Zealand retail sector is well ahead of other industries with a number of retail giants already committing to 100% renewable energy. This is a great step forward and will no doubt prompt other retails giants to follow suit.

Demand for onsite renewable energy sources

Solar panels are becoming an increasingly common sight on rooftops and retail spaces as more landlords and owner-occupiers get on board with the idea of onsite renewable energy.

Green leases

Increasing in popularity are “Green Leases” –  a lease between the landlord and tenant which aims to ensure that the ongoing use and operation of the building minimises environmental impacts.

With this type of contract, the tenant and building owner look at ways to jointly lower energy use. This can often result in a financial win for both parties.

It’s no surprise that landlords and investors are realising that onsite energy provision is a sound move. Here’s why;

  • Financial benefits of being self sufficient for both the landlord and retailer
  • Potential for additional income from excess energy produced
  • Future proof your asset and stay ahead of the curve
  • Securing onsite renewable energy supply could help existing buildings compete for the best tenants.

This demand for sustainable business solutions is evident across all levels of retail and commercial assets, this includes a shift whereby the preference for landlord and tenants would be to engage contractors and subcontractors who have adopted renewable energy and sustainability practices within their business operations as well.

For us here at RCR Infrastructure, our commitment to sustainability is evident in the structured delivery of our services, which are routinely checked and managed. Through our planning and practice, we ensure the protection of the environment by keeping environmental harm to a minimum in a sustainable, economically rewarding and technically viable way.

Get in touch with our team today and already you will have taken a step in improving your business sustainability efforts.

The Lowdown on Solar Energy Systems: Know the Difference

Thinking of investing in solar energy? If you’ve never looked into it before, a lot of the terminology is confusing and you may not know exactly what you need. This article is designed to give you the basics of how solar systems work, and the different types you can choose from.

Solar energy is a terrific way to keep energy costs low, and you’re also doing a great thing for the planet by reducing your reliance on fossil fuels. Solar energy also adds value to your home, and protects you against future rises in electricity prices.

Here’s what you need to know!

What size solar system do you need? kW explained

A kilowatt (kW) is a unit of measurement for energy. Solar packages are also usually described in terms of kilowatts (kW). When looked at in terms of solar installations, this is essentially the amount of energy your system can be expected to produce each hour during optimum conditions.

For example, a 6.6kW solar system has the capacity to generate 6.6kw of energy each hour. Depending on where you live, you should probably expect around 5 hours of peak solar producing time each day. Therefore, a 6.6kw system should produce around 33kW of energy each day.

This is important, because you can check previous energy bills for your daily usage. If your household uses 40-50kW a day, it’s an indication you should look for something bigger than a 6.6kW system.

Let’s look at the two main types of solar packages you can buy.

On-grid solar energy systems

On-grid means you’re still connected to the main electricity grid, so you’ll still get a power bill. However, your home is powered by free solar energy during the day, and you only pay for electricity at night or when the sun isn’t shining.

Without battery storage, solar energy must be used as it’s produced, which is why you still need to rely on the main electricity grid for certain times of day.

Off-grid solar

Off-grid solar includes a battery for solar energy storage. The cost of a battery is prohibitive to some; however, the savings can be significant. With a battery, any solar energy you generate during the day but don’t use is stored in the battery. So, in the evening, your home is still powered with free solar energy.

In most off-grid solar situations, you still remain connected to the main grid for the times that you haven’t generated and stored enough solar energy. So, there’s always a backup, but your power bills will be negligible.

Get the right advice with RCR

Installing a solar energy system in your home is an investment in the future. There’s an upfront cost, but most systems pay for themselves in approximately 3-4 years. After that, the savings are all yours. The team at RCR is here to help you make the smart choice for your family when it comes to solar installations. We’ll look at your current energy needs, the size of your home and we’ll tailor a package that’s perfect for you. Contact the team at RCR today and find out how you can slash energy bills with solar today.

9 Ways to Save on Electricity Costs

Want to save money on your energy bills? These tips make it easy!

 

Install great insulation

Insulation in your walls, ceiling and under your floor helps to keep hot air out in summer, and keep it inside during winter. Ultimately, it means your heating and cooling systems don’t need to work as hard to maintain your desired temperature.

Go solar

Solar energy is probably the biggest way to reduce electricity costs. By powering your home or office with free solar energy during the day, you can absolutely slash your power bills. While there’s an upfront cost, most systems pay for themselves in around 3-4 years.

Weatherstripping on doors and windows

You can find weatherstripping at most hardware stores and it’s easy to install around your doors and windows. It may not save you thousands of dollars, but it helps to control your home’s temperature and therefore saves money on heating and cooling.

Cook outside

If the weather is nice and you love to cook on the barbecue, why not make it a regular thing? You can save on oven use, and there are so many great meals you can cook on a barbecue. Plus, there’s less washing up!

Energy-efficient lights

Installing energy-efficient lights in your home is a great way to save money. Even if the lights cost a little more than cheap standard light globes, they last much longer and are cheaper to run. Every little saving helps in the long run.

Cut down shower time

Hot water is one of the biggest offenders when you get your electricity bill. Reducing the time spent in the shower is a great way to minimise this expense. A long, hot shower is a great thing, but try to limit the number of times a week you do that. You can even set an alarm on your phone and the annoying sound will have you out of the shower nice and fast!

Install roof ventilation

Especially in summer, heat builds up in your roof cavity without proper roof ventilation. The trapped heat has to go somewhere, so it either condenses and causes moisture problems or somehow makes its way into your living areas. When this happens, your air conditioner works harder and costs you more money. Effective roof ventilation removes hot air the right way.

Reduce clothes dryer use

It’s super convenient to throw your washing into the dryer, but it’s also expensive. When the weather is nice, hang your washing outside and dry it the natural way. Your electricity costs will decrease significantly.

Close off unused parts of the house

Finally, to maintain a good temperature in your living areas and reduce the use of heaters and air conditioners, shut off parts of the house you don’t use. If you’re not in there, there’s no use wasting electricity to heat or cool them!

Need help with solar energy?

RCR can help with all of your solar energy needs, and we can even recommend the perfect system for your home or building. Take advantage of free, clean energy from the sun and start slashing your electricity costs today. Contact us today and find out how we can help with solar installations.

Why You Should Upgrade Your Store’s Lights To LED

LED Lights lasts the distance!

Changing light bulbs in commercial spaces requires planning, downtime and potentially after hours work requirements.  This makes the benefits of LED lighting a perfect solution!  Long life is the number one benefit of LED lights, Manufacturers claim one bulb can last up to 100,000 hours. To put that into perspective, that means 11 YEARS of continuous operation! Unlike conventional bulbs, the diodes doesn’t “burn out” but rather emit lower output levels over a very long period so that the light slowly becomes less bright.

Better Energy Efficiency

LEDs are today’s most efficient way of illumination and lighting, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to conventional light bulbs. This means that only 10-20% of the electricity is lost as heat – an impressive number, compared to incandescent lights that lose up to 80% of electricity as heat!

Key Benefits

  1. Upgrading to LEDcauses merchandise to look more appealing.
  2. High color quality, revealing the true colors of merchandise.
  3. Light control accessories accessible to minimize the glare.
  4. Flexible, user-friendly, and energy-saving power control system

Enhancing Shopping Experience

With shoppers increasingly turning online, retailers are moving positively to improve their store image and particularly enhancing in-store shopping experience as this is a factor in attracting shoppers to stores. Proper retail lighting design is beneficial to keeping shoppers engaged in the store and help guide them effectively around the store. With upgraded lighting, most retailers find their store shapes and architecture look more appealing, which can get more customers interested in shopping in the store.

LED downlights and track lights, which are available in 2700K, 3000K and 4000K and support smooth dimming, are ideal light fixtures used to highlight in-store experience by enhancing the textures, colors of store merchandise as well as cultivating a welcoming and pleasant shopping environment for customers. LED light fixtures also ensures a uniform and glare-free light distribution, leading to stress-free and clear and comfortable illumination across the retail stores.

When thinking about who to get to install your LED lighting, you want a supplier who knows what they are doing.  RCR has a wide range of experience in this field to ensures we can get the work done to specific requirements.  RCR has experience in a wide range of LED upgrades, from big chain supermarkets to office buildings.

Safe, Licensed and Reliable

Our team are professionally trained, accredited, and licensed to work on your commercial electrical jobs. With all the necessary insurances in place, you know that you’re in safe hands with RCR.

Workplace safety is always at the front of our minds on all projects, we hold our team to extremely high standards.

Our careful planning, mapping, and forecasting allows us to provide realistic timeframes for electrical installations to ensure we deliver on time.

Breathe Better September

RCR helps young Kiwis to breathe easier

RCR Infrastructure is proud to partner with the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation to help support the 700,000 Kiwis with respiratory disease.

As part of the partnership, RCR is teaming up with another Friend of the Foundation, Pink Batts, for the Foundation’s main campaign of the year: Breathe Better September. Throughout September, the Foundation raises funds and increases awareness of respiratory disease in New Zealand.

To show support for Kiwi youth living with asthma and other respiratory conditions, RCR will donate two heat pump systems to two education centres: Hutt Valley High School in Lower Hutt and The Satya Sai Preschool Auckland. Our friends at Pink Batts will also be insulating both of these communal learning spaces, ensuring each space provides year-round comfort.

With Hutt Valley High School, unfortunately, experiencing some issues with mould earlier this year, having the opportunity to work with RCR and Pink Batts was very welcome news following a tough start to the year, according to Associate Principal Denise Johnson.

“We’ve selected our Pavillion building for insulation and a heat pump,” says Denise. “It currently has an old gas heater and no insulation. It is a well-used space even though it is cold in the winter and hot in the summer.  Adding a heat pump and insulation means it will be a more welcoming, healthy, and warm space for students and staff.

“To have this space insulated, heated and cooled using a New Zealand company is very important to us,” adds Denise. “We are mindful of supporting New Zealand and work hard to establish links with local business and community groups.”

“As a proudly owned and operated Kiwi business, we’re passionate about supporting local and for us, teaming up with the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation and Pink Batts to support these two amazing schools is something we’re so grateful we’re able to do” Director of RCR Infrastructure Lorene Maher said. “Our vision is to help contribute to a healthier, more sustainable New Zealand and this is one of the significant activities we are undertaking to realise this goal” Lorene added.

In addition to the heat pump donations, RCR is thrilled to be taking part in a Step-Up challenge team for the month of September.

You can follow the team’s progress here:

https://www.breathebetterseptember.co.nz/rcr-team

Asthma and allergies are among the most widespread and troublesome common medical conditions. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world, with 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 7 children living with the condition.

If you or your child suffer from asthma, chances are you are acutely aware of the life-changing inconveniences that come with it. When a person living with a respiratory condition is exposed to common triggers like mould, dust mites, pollen, and atmospheric pollution, their airways can swell, restricting airflow to the lungs and making it difficult to breathe. Cold air is another significant trigger, which makes it important to invest in the best available heating solution.

Heat pumps are a great choice for families who suffer from seasonal allergies, and new research shows that appropriate heating and insulation can reduce the incidence of asthma and allergies significantly. By simply choosing the right heat pump, you can reduce the allergy and asthma triggers inside your home, save on your energy bills and on potentially costly medical interventions for allergy and asthma symptoms.

What Type of EVCharger Do I Need?

Buying an electric vehicle and not sure which charger you need? Here’s what to consider when purchasing your new charger or charging station.

Power delivery explained

If you find electrical terms confusing, we’ll try to keep this as simple as possible! Power delivery is measured in amps. This is important because it helps you understand what sort of charger you need.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have smaller batteries than full battery electric vehicles (BEVs). That means you don’t need as many amps to charge them. Typically, PHEVs can only accept 16 amps, so buying a more heavy-duty charger is a waste of money. BEVs, on the other hand, can accept up to 48 amps.  In very basic terms, the extra amps determine how fast your vehicle will charge.

It’s important to consider this carefully because your needs really depend on how you use the car. If you only want to do a full charge every few days, you’ll need your charger to be strong enough for a full charge overnight. If you just like to top the car up every night, a charger with fewer amps may be fine.

Do I need smart features?

Some EV car chargers come with a range of smart features. Much like other ‘smart’ items around the home, you can do more with these chargers. Features include the ability to monitor real-time charging, start or stop a charging session, schedule charging to start at a certain time and collect data on how you use the charger.

It’s a personal choice whether you want these features or not. If you get a charger without all of the smart features, it will still stop charging once your car’s battery is full. So, you may not find much need for all the bells and whistles.

Can I use a universal EV charger?

The other issue to consider is whether you can use a universal EV charger. In most cases, the answer is yes. As long as you choose a high-quality universal EV charger that’s installed to manufacturers’ specifications, it should work to charge most electric vehicles. If you have any doubts about this, it’s worth checking your car owner’s manual or contacting the car dealer for confirmation.

Plug-in or hardwired?

Most electric vehicles come with a plug-in charging option, but many of them don’t give you the power you really need. Sort of like getting a cheap, small spare tire in a new car. It will work in a pinch, but you’ll want something better for regular use. The issue here is that a very low-amp charger (12 amps) is probably fine for a PHEV, and it uses a 120v power outlet, so it’s easy for most households to just plug in and charge.

However, for something capable of charging a BEV, you’ll need a 240v power outlet, which is an added installation cost. Also, if you want anything above 40 amps, it needs to be hardwired anyway. Plug-in chargers give you the flexibility to move them, but in reality, this usually isn’t necessary. So, if you want a more powerful, hardwired solution, you’ll need a licensed installer.

What to Look for in an EV Charger

There are several considerations you may factor in when deciding which EV charger to buy, including

  • Cost
  • Cable length
  • Power delivery
  • Smart features
  • Warranty

These are all important, and some are self-explanatory. But how can you really make sure you’re getting the best EV charger for your needs? Your car will no doubt come with some guidelines about the level of power delivery you need, and it’s pretty easy to decide whether you want a long or short cable. But let’s take a look at some of the other factors to consider before buying.

Universal electric vehicle use

When buying an EV charger, it’s tempting to just get what you need for your current vehicle. But what if it’s your first electric vehicle, and others might follow. Perhaps your spouse, children, or regularly visiting friends and family will purchase an EV too.

That’s why it makes sense to consider an EV charger that works with electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. It’s a smarter choice than having to wire in a new charger 12 months down the track, or whenever you buy a new car.

Free home assessments

When buying an EV charger, think about the installation process. If your unit needs to be hardwired (and most of them do), you’ll need qualified and licensed electrical specialists to do it. However, the process of having your charger installed goes a lot smoother if you can have your home assessed prior to purchase.

Find an EV charger installer who will come to your home first. This allows you to find the best spot for the charger, discover any electrical issues, and also may inform your decision on the length of cable you need.

Full overnight charge

When you buy an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, you’ll get a portable charger with it. However, most of the time, it’s not as powerful as you’d like. An EV charger’s power is measured in amps, and chargers range from 12 amps to 48 amps. Naturally, the more amps, the faster your electric vehicle charges.

In addition, if a more powerful charger comes standard with your car, you will probably still need to install a 240-volt outlet in your garage or near where you park the car. It pays to do some research on your car’s charging needs because you want to be able to achieve a full charge overnight, if necessary, but you also don’t want to spend more than you need. If you top up your car every day, a cheaper alternative may be just fine.

Safety certification

Finally, always ensure the EV charger you buy is safety certified. You can always buy an EV charger on the internet, and you may think you’re getting a great deal because it’s cheap. However, these items may not meet national standards, and could therefore pose a safety risk to you, your vehicle, and your home. Only purchase quality products from reputable suppliers, so you know that you’re getting a safe product.

Reputable EV charger installers can also schedule annual servicing or maintenance to ensure your charger is tagged and tested in accordance with Worksafe New Zealand.

© 2021 RCR Infrastructure. All Rights Reserved

Translate »