Australian charging station network expands
More charging stations for electric vehicles are on the way.
At least 21 new charging sites in, and between, major cities are set to be created across Australia to easily connect interstate travellers.
Chargefox is said to offer the fastest charging stations in the country, capable of delivering up to 400km of range in 15 minutes.
A total of $15 million has been invested into the Aussie company, with contributions from The Australian Mobility Clubs (AMC), Wilson Transformers, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Victorian Government.
The new stations will connect interstate travellers with sites in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, with plans for sites in Western Australia also on the way.
Darren Miller, chief executive of ARENA, said the Australian-first pilot project will encourage the uptake of EVs by reducing range anxiety.
“EVs are set to have a huge impact on our energy system. Electrification of Australia’s transport sector could reduce emissions and dramatically change how we use electricity,” says Miller.
“Range anxiety is a key barrier to uptake of electric vehicles in Australia, but this network will help alleviate that concern by giving motorists the comfort in knowing they can travel long distances.”
There will be two charging stations at each site, with a power output of 150kW each.
While all the charging stations will be powered through the purchase of renewable energy, one site in Euroa will include a solar and battery installation.
Australian Motoring Services chief executive Michael Reed says the AMC wants to encourage greater take-up of electric vehicles by providing its members with access to the new technology.
“Having a national network of ultra-rapid charging stations will enable our members and all drivers of EVs to travel confidently between cities and states,” he says.
“The benefits of EVs include much lower running costs, they are cheaper to maintain, and they reduce harmful air pollution. By investing in Chargefox, the AMC are building on their current investment to improve the infrastructure of this country and remove one of the major barriers that limits the adoption of EVs”.