eFocus: we talk EV tech with David Leal from Delta Electronics

At last week’s Smart Energy expo in Sydney, Delta Electronics (Australia) showcased a complete technological ecosystem, featuring a portfolio of energy and charging solutions for corporate, industrial and private customers.

Everything from solar panels, through to sophisticated energy management and storage units, vehicle-to-grid smart electric vehicle (EV) charging was on display. There was even a futuristic BMW Motorrad CE 04 scooter on-charge.

Not content with simply letting you know all that though, we sat down with the brand’s country manager David Leal to talk all things EV, the future of charging at both a user and commercial level, and what makes Delta different from its rivals.

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The company, which focuses on power electronics, is based out of Taiwan, with a turnover just shy of $13 billion USD last year. Thanks to COVID, they’ve experienced enormous growth through consumer electronics, EVs and server power supplies.

With its origins in being a white label manufacturer for other companies, it has more recently moved to focus on its own brands, under the catchphrase “smarter, greener, together”. It’s a nod to their focus on helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Consequently, they’ve experienced real growth in the electric vehicle space, making them the number one provider globally for technology going into electric vehicles, with most car makers using their products, or about to do so.

“We have massive plans for growth over the next few years, and a lot of that is based around the electric vehicle charge business, but also battery energy storage solutions, particularly in commercial and industrial areas,” David said.

“The big fundamental charge in the last 18 months has been going from AC home chargers to a lot more infrastructure being rolled out,” he added. “That’s been supported by government investment, and a lot of private industry.”

Delta has played a key role in providing battery energy storage to existing service station EV charging test sites for example, and prides itself on being a one stop shop that can offer complete charging and energy storage solutions to the industry.

For the average person, that sort of infrastructure development translates to more acceptance of EVs. For an organisation like Delta, it’s how they can help their customers setup a complete solution, from solar inverter, to EV charger, and everything in between.

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“Many people are now thinking about their next car being an electric vehicle. That’s the first step. The second is getting a charger at your house.” From there, thoughts turn to the options of adding a household battery as a storage solution.

It’s not that big a step to thinking about using your car as a battery storage solution for your home.

“We still see the vehicle to the home or vehicle to the grid solution as being a few years away, but I think that will be the next exciting discussion point for people to think about,” David added.

David joined Delta Electronics in 2008, working in their US operations for six years before shifting to running their APAC operations. The Sydney born and raised electrical engineer moved back to Australia in 2017.

He believes the brand still has a long way to go to gain recognition in Australia, despite having been here for many years (because of its white label past), and that Delta has a role to play in orientating the EV industry here in Australia.

“We’re encouraged by the government’s stance on the renewables industry and the push for EVs,” he said. I still think there’s probably another stage for the government to put into electric vehicles though.”

With the success of EV take up in countries like Norway, thanks to the abolition of duties on electric vehicles, David points to the luxury car tax in Australia as something that could go by the wayside to support growth down under.

“We’re just hoping we see continued support from government here, and we’ll continue to encourage that.”

Overseas, Delta Electronics is looking to play a key role too, particularly where it can make a difference to pollution levels by providing electric vehicle charging and technology solutions and infrastructure.

“You look at countries like Vietnam or Thailand, the EV or e-bike revolution is massive there,” David said. “You take the exhaust and internal combustion engine out of those countries, just from motorbikes, and that’s a significant in-road [environmentally].”

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.

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