ARENA announces ultra fast highway charging network for electric vehicles in Australia
Topics: AUSTRALIA ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING
The funding will support the first phase of the $50.2 million intercity highway charging network with 350 kW ultra fast chargers located along the ‘National Land Transport Network’ and beyond.
A total of 42 charging sites, all powered by renewable energy, will be installed at roadside service centres connecting Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, plus destination charging in Far North Queensland, Tasmania and Perth. Construction will commence today on the first site north of Brisbane, with 23 sites to be operational in the first year.
Each of the 42 sites be able to charge two cars concurrently and will enable the typical EV available in Australia to charge 100 kilometres within 15 minutes using Tritium chargers. All sites will be open access with charging plugs suitable for all EV models available, including Tesla with an adaptor. Spacing of sites is designed to align with Australian geography, population areas, highways and to be well within range of even the most affordable EV models. ■