October 23, 2018
A network of ultra-fast electric vehicle recharge stations powered exclusively by renewable energy will receive $6 million in funding from the Australian Federal Government. 18 stations will be located no more than 200km apart on the main highway that links Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Australian Renewable Energy Agency chief executive Darren Miller said the pilot project would encourage the uptake of EVs by reducing “range anxiety”. “This network will help alleviate that concern by giving motorists comfort they can travel long distances,” he said.
“EV charging networks are being rolled out in other countries, and Australia needs to catch up to ensure that we can experience the same benefits of improved driving experience, lower operating costs and better environmental outcomes that electric vehicles offer.”
Fewer than 1 per cent of all new car sales are EVs, but forecasts from the Australian Energy Market Operator suggest that within 20 years, they could represent about half of the country’s car fleet.
Chargefox, the company behind the $15m project, said three stations would also be located in Western Australia, north and south of Perth. All 21 stations will be powered through the purchase of renewable energy and are expected to be operational by early 2020 (click to view the proposed locations map).
The stations are billed as “the world’s first solar and battery storage 350kW charging stations”.
“These ultra-rapid charging stations will be open to all EVs and charging time will be quicker, with up to 400km of range delivered in 15 minutes,” the company says.
“The chargers will be capable of power output of at least 150kW and up to 350kW, which will be the fastest of any charger currently available in Australia.”
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