Gold Coast to roll-out network of EV fast chargers

The Gold Coast City Council has announced a plan to install ten electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations, with the first already installed in Broadbeach.

The network of RTM75 fast-charging stations will be developed by Brisbane-based company, Tritium.

“The RTM75 is the first product of Tritium’s new Modular Scalable hardware platform which provides the next level of flexibility, capital efficiency and scalability while maintaining the attractive, compact and low maintenance design attributes Tritium products have become known for,” said Tritium Founder David Finn.

The 75KW DC fast charger is “50 per cent faster” than the standard 50kW chargers, delivering a range of 75km with only 10 minutes of charging. The station can also charge multiple vehicles simultaneously.

Mayer Tom Tate said the advanced technology will showcase the city as an innovation destination, as well as highlight its commitment to sustainability.

“As the transition to electric vehicles begins to pick up pace, we have secured the most advanced DC fast chargers on the market” Cr Tate stated. “The power used to charge vehicles at these stations will be offset by power generated by the City’s Virtual Power Plant, which harnesses solar energy from more than 47 city buildings.”

The charging stations will be installed within a 50km radius of each other, with stations rolled out across locations in Broadbeach, Coolangatta, Southport, Pimpama, Carrara, Bundall and Nerang.

Steven Miles, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning said that the Queensland Government has invested $350,000 towards the charging stations, to provide a boost to the local economy during the pandemic.

“We are supporting more jobs in more industries and it’s good to see the installation of the charging station will support around 14 jobs across the Coast,” continues Mr Miles.

“These new charging stations also complement the Palaszczuk Government’s Electric Super Highway and provide further reassurance for EV drivers.”

“Having charging stations along the Gold Coast not only incentivises future EV users, but it also encourages driving tourism along a beautiful stretch of the coast.”

The announcement comes at a time of heightened demand for EV’s in Australia, with published sales figures showing the number of EV’s nationally topped the 20,000 mark at the end of 2020.

Source: INQueensland | Power Play: Gold Coast’s electric vehicle fast chargers a world first

20 January 2021

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