If you are considering installing an EV charger at your home, business or in your community, there are many options available depending on the location. You will need to research your options and contact a licensed electrical contractor to quote for the work.
All electrical work inside a customer's property must be carried out by a licenced electrical contractor who can advise if a connection application is required to be submitted to Ausgrid for approval.
EV Chargers come in a range of charging sizes (or speeds) to suit the individual customer’s needs. Depending on the type and nature of the installation, you may be required to notify Ausgrid before installing so that we can assess the impact it may have on the grid and advise you of any network upgrades that may be required.
There are several levels of EV chargers that are differentiated by how quickly they can recharge the vehicle.
For more information on electric vehicle charging visit Transport NSW website - 'Electric Vehicles'.
Vehicle to Grid (V2G) is an overarching term for technology that can enable electricity to be exported from the battery of an electric vehicle (EV) to a home, building or the electricity network. Only a small number of EV models and EV Chargers are V2G-capable in Australia. This is expected to increase as the technology becomes more advanced from around 2025.
As this remains an emerging technology, the availability of V2G-capable vehicles and V2G-capable EV Supply Equipment (EVSE) remains low. Where new V2G-capable EVSE products become available, they will need to be compatible with your EV and must be compliant with the Australian Standards and Ausgrid’s Connection Standards.
We advise to check with your EV charger supplier to find out if their product meets the Australian Standards.
Check the Electric Vehicle Council EV charger map for proposed and existing EV charging sites.
Consider the following before installing EV charging:
To apply to connect an EV charger, visit ‘Apply for a Connection’ and choose the application that meets your requirements. We recommend that your electrical contractor complete the connection application form on your behalf.
When a connection application is submitted, Ausgrid considers the impact of any additional load and generation on the distribution network. The Service and Installation Rules of NSW require Ausgrid to approve any load increases prior to connection.
From October 2023, changes made to the National Construction Code (NCC) will require new apartment buildings to ensure the provision of base infrastructure for EV charging, including future cabling needs and control-point installation at the time of construction.
For existing apartment buildings, apartment owners and strata schemes should consider their high-level EV charging needs in consultation with all residents and the strata committee. The NSW government has provided information and advice to support the residential strata building community. This outlines stakeholder responsibilities, recommended steps to start planning for EV charging needs and an overview of the different types of solutions which will need to consider the various needs and circumstances of the building and residents. More information can be found on the Energy NSW website.
You will need to engage an electrical contractor to recommend the most suitable options for your building and residents needs. If required, they can submit a preliminary enquiry to Ausgrid to determine the connection capacity for the building.
It is the building owners responsibility to manage the installation of EV charging. Commercial building owners should consider:
Grants are available for for eligible NSW organisations to support the transition to EV fleets and smart charging infrastructure conversion. Find out more.
Grants are also available for installation of chargers at commercial businesses in regional NSW. Read more about NSW Government’s regional business EV charger incentives.
Energy NSW provides information on considerations for commercial buildings looking to install EV charging facilities. Refer to the Energy NSW Commercial Building Factsheet.
Ausgrid is partnering with commercial operators to provide ‘close to home’ EV charging by utilising our substations and poles. Read more about our partnerships.