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Glenn is the eMobility Division manager at TransNet NZ, one of the leading suppliers in the electrical industry in New Zealand for over 20 years. Glenn completed dual electrical and instrumentation apprenticeships at New Zealand Steel, as well as gaining experience in mechatronics and automation at both New Zealand Steel and Fonterra.
Glenn is learning about the environment because of an interest in electric vehicles (and cars in general), as opposed to learning about electric vehicles because of an interest in the environment. His fascination with all things automotive, along with guidance from the combined experience of so many at TransNet in the electrical supply industry, has resulted in TransNet playing a key role in educating the local automotive industry about electricity, and those in the electricity sector about the requirements of EV.
Electrified transport is a hot topic currently. The price premium to drive an electric vehicle can be seen as a positive as it buys the building industry time to put plans in place and ready itself for the rush as prices begin to drop.
The automotive and electrical industries are having to learn a lot about each other, but the building industry must have an understanding of both to ensure facilities cater for EV charging requirements.
But there are so many new terms, it can be hard to know what is actually required. Understanding the power and energy an EV needs (and not what it could take) is essential to ensuring buildings are prepared, without making mistakes based on misinformation.
Simplifying EV charging and working out what is important will minimise the chance of making costly mistakes. Everyone is in this together and it is vital we learn from what has already been done (both good and bad) and the lessons gleaned along the way.