EV Charging Without a Driveway

EV Charging Without a Driveway

If you don’t have a driveway, there are not a lot of options for EV charging. City living residential EV charging has entered the solar conversation. We are only at the beginning of the conversation, there are not many options for residential EV charging without a driveway yet.

The following article will delve into the hacks people have mustered for street parking residential EV charging and will discuss the sounder options currently available.

Cable Across the Sidewalk

First on our list is the cable across the sidewalk. This is simply a long cable sticking out from the home along the sidewalk and into the electric vehicle.

This is a potential hazard. The solution to some of the hazards aren’t much better. Though cable covers help with the potential electrical hazard of a long cable across the footpath, it doesn’t much help with the tripping hazard. Any prams or wheelchair will have to ride the cable cover like a speed bump.

Cable Hanging

Second on our list is cables hanging out of windows, over street signs, or off trees. This is sure to violate both council safety policies and electrical standards.

Cable Through Drainpipe

Third on our list is one of the more innovative solutions. The EV cable is passed through a drainpipe like a tunnel and pops out by the curb.

This one is not for all weather conditions.

EV Cable Channel

While not yet available in Australia, there are currently four UK companies that manufacture and offer the installation of a channel or gully set into the pavement. This innovative solution allows users to run a cable from their property across a thoroughfare to the kerbside. The top of the channel sits flush with the pavement, ensuring the safety of pedestrians who can walk past without even noticing it.

It’s important to note that the installation of these channels requires approval from the local council. Fortunately, the companies offering this service can assist you in liaising with the authorities, but this is currently only applicable for residents in the UK.

Pop-Up Kerbside Charging

If you have the financial means and reside in the appropriate neighbourhood, there’s an interesting option available to you. An Australian start-up called Kerb Charge has developed a unique “pop-up” charger that can be installed on the pavement outside your home. The City of Port Phillip has already conducted trials with these 7 kW units, and other municipalities are following.

However, there are some drawbacks to consider. The price tag for these chargers is quite steep, coming in at $6,000. Additionally, there is no guarantee that you will have access to the parking spot in front of your house, which may deter potential buyers. As a result, it’s not surprising that the demand for these chargers has been relatively low, with only a few applicants signing up for the City of Port Phillip trial.


Q: How can I find public charging stations near my home?

A: You can use mobile apps like PlugShare, ChargePoint, or Google Maps, which provide real-time information about charging stations in your area. 

Q: Can I install a charging station in a shared parking lot or apartment complex?

A: Yes, it is possible to install charging stations in shared parking lots or apartment complexes. However, this would typically require coordination with the property owner or management, as well as potential collaboration with other EV owners in the area.

Q: How can I ensure access to charging infrastructure if I live in an apartment or condominium?

A: If you live in an apartment or condominium, you can start by discussing the possibility of installing EV charging infrastructure with your property management or homeowners’ association. Additionally, you can advocate for the installation of shared charging stations in the parking lot or explore nearby public charging options.

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