Powered turned on in Townsville as Evie Networks opens new EV charging station

Evie Networks has agreed to a deal with Puma Energy to introduce a series of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at service stations across Australia, with the first station going live at a truck stop in Townsville.

A 350kW DC charger manufactured by Queensland based company Tritium has been installed at the Puma Energy Cluden service station, making it the second Evie Network charging station to go live after the site at Coochin Creek that was opened in November 2019.

The fast-charger is capable of providing up to 400 kilometres of range in just 15 minutes, with CCS2 and Chademo plugs included to charge all current and future EV models in Australia.

The Townsville charging station adds to the quickly expanding Evie Networks ultra-fast EV charging network, aiming to connect the country for EV travel. The station will also form part of the 1800 kilometre Queensland Electric Super Highway, connecting North Queensland to the Gold Coast.

The announcement of the latest EV charging station comes on the back of discussion over EV user charging habits forward. Some have argued that we are likely to see more EV chargers at shopping centres, libraries and workplaces, as drivers will prefer the ease of plugging in their vehicles to charge while they are occupied, rather than being forced to drive to a service station and sit around while their vehicle charges.

But the installation of the charger at the Townsville service station, coupled with the station at Coochin Creek, makes it clear that service stations will still be servicing drivers up and down Queensland for some time yet.

Source: EV talk | Truck stops get EV chargers

22 July 2020

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