“Ultra-Rapid” Charging Network For Electric Vehicles To Link Major Cities
The Office of the Minister of Energy today released a statement announcing that electric vehicles will soon have access to an “ultra-rapid charging network” along the major driving routes in Australia, from Brisbane to Adelaide, around Sydney and Melbourne, and separately in Western Australia.
All of the proposed charging stations will be powered exclusively by renewable energy and will be built by Chargefox Pty Ltd, who will receive $6 million in funding from the Australian Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
According to a report in The Australian this morning, eighteen of these charging stations located on the main highway that links Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, and Adelaide.
The $15 million network is expected to have no more than 200 kilometres between stations which is well within the range of current electric vehicles, making travelling outside major cities much more convenient for EV (Electric Vehicle) drivers.
In addition to opening up interstate travel and enabling regional communities to reasonably consider electric vehicles as a possibility.
The Australian reported that “fewer than 1 per cent of all new car sales are EVs [electric vehicles], 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’s ultra-rapid charge will provide a range of up to 400 kilometres in just fifteen minutes, significantly faster than domestic charging points that can take several hours.
Euroa in Victoria and Barnawartha North, outside Albury Wodonga on the New South Wales-Victorian border, will be the first sites for the ultra-fast charging stations.
Charging stations, such as the ones proposed in this media statement, will open up more people to the EV market, potentially lowering costs to the consumer, enhancing fuel security, and creating more sustainable cities with less pollution.
All 21 stations will be open to the public and all-electric vehicle models sold in Australia. They are expected to be operational by early 2020.