Australia reaches EV charging milestone with 50th public DC fast charger

A new milestone has been hit in Australia’s drive towards an electric vehicle future. The NMRA have installed the nation’s 50th publicly-available Tritium 50kW DC fast charging location in the Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin, New South Wales as part of its $10 million EV charging network rollout.

“It’s been proven time and time again across the globe that when the charging infrastructure is in place for electric vehicles, you’ll see an uptick in the number of EVs on the road and in showrooms,” Tritium Australia sales head Chris Hewitt says.

“We now have a significant number of publicly-available chargers across the country with more to come.”

Founded in Brisbane, Tritium is a world leader in fast-charging station technology with a 70% market share in Australia alone.

“Tritium’s success is a timely reminder that we have the smarts and skilled labour force here in Australia to be an advanced manufacturing powerhouse,” Select Committee on Electric Vehicles chair senator Tim Storer says.

“I hope my inquiry will prompt the Federal Government to be more proactive, so that companies like Tritium can more fully realise the benefits on the electric vehicle transition.”

While hitting this milestone is a great achievement, Hewitt says the country still has a long way to go with the need for hundreds of new DC charging locations.

“Federal Government support and incentives would certainly help further drive electric vehicle penetration into the Australian market, but industry and local governments across Australia aren’t prepared to wait for it.

“They see the tangible benefits electric vehicles bring to the environment and to trade, and they’ve been overwhelming in their enthusiasm to roll out the necessary infrastructure.”

The NRMA’s EV network rollout is expected to be completed in 2019 and aims to install about 40 DC fast chargers across NSW and the ACT. The Hunter Valley Gardens charger is the fourth in the proposed rollout.

Among the 50 charging locations are the 18 deployed for the Queensland Electric Super Highway, which allows tourists to travel from Coolangatta to Cairns and from Brisbane to Toowoomba in a low or zero emissions vehicle.

Tritium’s Veefil-RTs ensure drivers can fully charge their vehicle to 80% within 30 minutes on average. The chargers will accommodate most makes and models of EVs available in Australia.

Source: Australia gets 50th public EV fast charging site
12 Sep 2018

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