Evie Networks partners with Ampol to expand Ultra-fast EV charging network

Electric vehicle charging network Evie Network has come to an agreement with newly rebranded Australian petroleum company Ampol to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at six locations across Australia.

The six locations will make up part of Evie Networks Ultra-Fast Charging network of 42 charging stations to be rolled out across the east coast of Australia, allowing EV owners to charge their vehicles in as little as 15 minutes.

The first of the six locations, located at an Ampol service station in Avenel, 115 kilometres north of Melbourne, was opened last week, with Evie Network chief executive officer Chris Mills saying he was interested to see how the introduction of the charging technology at the service station would impact consumer behaviours.

“It’s a disruptive technology as far as the petrol industry is concerned,” said Mills.

“The petrol retailers are all looking at this and trying to understand what it might mean for them and partnering with us gives [Ampol] insight into what are the behaviours of an electric vehicle driver. There’s a natural win-win.”

Ampol’s executive general manager of strategy and corporate development, Alan Stuart-Grant, was similarly interested to see how EV charging stations could integrate into traditional service stations, noting the potential for further collaboration due to Ampol’s extensive network of service station locations across the country.

“Ampol’s national network of retail sites, along Australia’s major highways and close to existing high-traffic road infrastructure in metropolitan areas, makes us uniquely placed to play a key role in the delivery of EV charging,” he said.

Evie Networks believes expanding the ultra-fast charging network to have a reach across Australia is vital in encouraging the uptake of EV ownership in the country. Partnering with Ampol and their extensive network of sites may represent a path to achieving this national roll-out.

Mills said it was important that Australia shows global manufacturers that they are serious about investing in EV charging technology or run the risk of missing out on future models, which would be a devastating blow for the future of EVs in Australia.

“If we’re not careful, if we’re not sending bankable demand signals to the automotive manufacturers, you know, we run the risk of allocations just not coming to Australia,” said Mills.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald | Evie, Ampol tie-up could turbocharge electric vehicle uptake

16 June 2020

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