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Trevor Collett | Jul, 05 2013 | 3 Comments

The Victorian government’s electric vehicle (EV) trial marked a new milestone yesterday, with the launch of the state’s first fast-charging station.

Like other fast-charging stations that are beginning to emerge around the world, Victoria’s new station promises charging times of around 30 minutes instead of the hours required for current charging methods.

The fast-charger is located at Swinburne University of Technology’s Hawthorn campus and was jointly funded by the state government ($38,000) and the university, which paid for the installation.

Upon launching the new fast-charger, Victorian Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, said that the university was an ideal location.

“The Coalition Government recognises the long-term benefits and advantages that electric vehicles will provide for our transport system and the environment,” Mr Mulder said.

“Swinburne University is leading the way with the research they are doing into sustainable transport and this is a perfect fit with the Electric Vehicle Trial.”

The EV trial is a $5 million program initiated by the state government aimed at gaining a better understanding of the pros and cons of running EVs in Victoria. It is due to run until mid 2014.

Swinburne University is taking part in the trial, leasing a Nissan Leaf EV with staff driving it for daily errands and providing feedback.

Professor Linda Kristjanson from Swinburne University said that Swinburne’s EV Research Group was one of the leading groups in the field of EV research, development, policy and education.

“Having this fast-charging facility on campus as part of the Coalition Government’s Electric Vehicle Trial will benefit the research, which is currently underway at Swinburne, into creating greener transport options for the future,” Professor Kristjanson said.

A report on the EV trial at the midway point says that since its commencement in October 2010, “more than 3,500 people have subscribed to the EV newsletter, 139 charging outlets have been installed across metro Melbourne, and EVs involved in the trial have travelled more than 300,000 kilometres.”

While those figures look promising, the Victorian government will no doubt be aware of the failure of the Better Place charging-station program, which wound down in Australia in February before filing for bankruptcy in May.

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