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ARENA announces free electric vehicle charging network trial in Adelaide

Christian Fernsby |
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $983,776 in funding to JOLT Charge Pty Ltd (JOLT) to develop and trial its free electric vehicle (EV) charging network in Adelaide.

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Topics: ARENA   

JOLT will install 21 innovative EV fast charging units that are embedded in roadside advertising panels across Adelaide in car parks, streets and public spaces. The network will be rolled out across several local government areas consisting of Campbelltown City Council, Charles Sturt Council, Marion Council and Port Adelaide Enfield Council.

The $1.97 million project will provide fast chargers that are capable of charging all types of EVs and will provide free charging for approximately 15 minutes, providing drivers with approximately 45km of range (users can pay to use the JOLT chargers for longer than this period). All of the 21 units will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

The project will test the commercial viability of generating revenue through advertising sales to cover the cost of both the EV charging infrastructure and the provision of charging for EV drivers.

If successful this model could help to develop a larger charging network in inner cities and major networks across Australia in advance of the expected increase in EV sales.

ARENA has previously supported the rollout of two ultra-fast charging EV networks across Australia by Chargefox and Evie Networks which have focused mainly on enabling travel on key highways. ARENA has also supported Origin, AGL and ActewAGL to trial different technologies and approaches to accelerate the commercialisation of managed EV charging and V2G services.

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