Electric Vehicles In Buildings

To support Australians making the switch to electric vehicles (EV), the National Construction Code (NCC) is requiring more buildings to be ready for EV charging.

The global experience of EVs to date indicates they have a lower likelihood of being involved in a fire than internal combustion engines, but the characteristics of battery fires are different to liquid fuel fires.

To ensure we understand and respond proportionately to any updated evidence of EV charging risks, the ABCB has reviewed the approaches taken by international regulators, including those countries with greater uptake of EVs. We have also engaged Australian research team EV FireSafe to help develop a set of recommendations that can support the safer installation and use of EV chargers without being an unreasonable barrier to adoption. The full report from EV FireSafe, on which these provisions are based, can be read here.

We believe the recommendations set out in this advisory note are low cost, have low visual impact, are easily implementable and reflect the better practices already being adopted by many reputable suppliers. These recommendations will help reduce the risk of substandard equipment or installation practices emerging as the EV charging industry grows.

The ABCB will continue to work with other government bodies and emergency response agencies to review the latest evidence on EV charging trends from around the world. We will review and update our guidance and/or regulatory response as needed.