Australia’s electric vehicle charger deficiency

Despite the rise of electric vehicles (EV) and chargers in Australia, the country continues to fall behind many other developed nations, with EV’s only constituting 0.6 per cent of new vehicle sales. A large contributor to this lack of adoption is the absence of a reliable charging network.

New research comparing state/territory EV ownership with charging stations produced surprising results.

The Australian Capital Territory, with EV’s making up a larger percentage of total vehicles than anywhere else in the country (0.83 per cent of vehicle sales), also has the lowest ratio of charging stations, at 0.10 charger per EV. South Australia and Victoria follow closely, with 0.13 chargers per EV.

This is contrasted by the Northern Territory who has the highest ratio of chargers, despite only having 30 registered EV’s in the whole territory (0.43 chargers per EV).

The data also shows the impact this lack of infrastructure has on the ability to traverse Australia.

With routes mapped along the country’s most iconic road trips, the research suggested that out of fifteen trips, only nine would be achievable in an EV’s 480km average range. Whilst large trips including the Big Lap, Explorers Way and the Savannah Way were not achievable, it was surprising that smaller trips such as the Gibb River Road and Cairns to Cape York were also unable to be completed with an EV.

The longest road trip that could be completed by a standard EV was across the Nullarbor Plain, running from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. The eight chargers located spaciously throughout the trip provide just enough range for the journey to be possible.

With the number of charging stations increasing by 40% over the last twelve months, the future of long-distance travel via EV is a growing possibility. However, the new research indicates that much more needs to be done to make this a reality, with regional areas too scarcely connected by a charging station network to allow for reliable, long-distance EV travel across our country.

Source: Budget Direct | EV Charging Point Coverage in Australia

6 November 2020

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