Australia gets plugged in as first Evie Network charging station opens in Queensland

Australia’s largest ultra-fast EV charging network is officially up and running after the Hon. Mark Bailey opened the first charging station at Coochin Creek, 60 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Built by Evie Networks, the Coochin Creek ultra-fast charging station is the first of 18 EV fast chargers due to be installed along the east coast of Australia by the Queensland Government in the next two years.

The charging station comes equipped with two charging heads, each offering 350kW chargers compatible with both Japanese and European charging plugs. Manufactured by Brisbane based company Tritium, the dual compatible charging plugs are a world first design, capable of charging all available EV models.

A solar canopy is integrated into the charging station area, sheltering drivers from the sun and rain while the vehicle charges. The solar panels atop the solar canopy generate additional electricity to power the chargers.

Evie Network CEO Chris Mills was on hand for the opening of the ground-breaking charging station and said the occasion would be looked back at in the history of Australian electric motoring.

“This station is the first of what will be the largest rollout of ultra-fast highway charging stations being built in Australia,” said Mr Mills.

“There are currently only 70 fast charging sites in Australia, most of which are proprietary or require a subscription. Providing ultra-fast charging stations at accessible highway locations around the country, all open-access and ‘pay-as-you-go’, like the Coochin Creek, is about the serving EV drivers and opening up new journeys.”

Charging at the Coochin Creek Evie charging station will be free for the month of November. From then on, customers will be able to use the pay-as-you-go system available through the Evie app or through an RFID card that can be ordered through the app.

While the charger is capable of charging at 350kW, there are currently no vehicles in Australia capable of handling this rate. However, the Evie Network does allow vehicles to charge at a faster rate than what is currently available through any other charger in Australia. And with battery technology constantly evolving, Evie have future proofed their technology in anticipation for the predicted increased charge capacity.

The Evie Network has been backed by $15 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), with an additional $35 million contribution made by the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund’s contribution.

The project, which will see 42 charging stations rolled out across Australia, is the largest funded electric vehicle charging project in Australia to date.

For more information about the Evie Networks’ ultra-fast charging network, visit goevie.com.au

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