Interstate road trippers will soon be able to drive electric vehicles between Australia’s major cities worry-free, with Australian start up Chargefox rolling out the nation’s first “ultra-rapid” charging network for EVs.
The new network of 21 charging stations on interstate highways received $6 million from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a grant from the Victorian government.
Other financial backers for the $15 million project include the Australian Mobility Clubs (NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAC, RAA and RACT), Wilson Transformers and the founder of Carsales, Greg Roebuck.
Around 15 minutes on the charger will allow the car to travel 400 kilometres. Capable of power output of at least 150kW and up to 350kW, Chargefox claims its chargers are currently the fastest available in Australia.
“Chargefox is committed to sustainable mobility. Our network of ultra-rapid charging stations will play a significant part in improving the infrastructure of this country and remove one of the major barriers that limits the adoption of EVs,” Chargefox chief executive officer Marty Andrews said.
“Chargefox has a vision that one day 100 per cent of road transport will be powered by renewable energy and from day one our ultra-rapid chargers will be accessible to all Australian drivers.”
Australian Motoring Services chief executive officer Michael Reed said that the Australian Mobility Clubs want to encourage greater take up of electric vehicles by providing the necessary infrastructure.
“The benefits of EVs include much lower running costs, they are cheaper to maintain, and they reduce harmful air pollution. By investing in Chargefox, the Australian Mobility Clubs are building on their current investment to improve the infrastructure of this country and remove one of the major barriers that limits the adoption of EVs,” Mr Reed said.
EV drivers will be able to find charging stations by downloading the ChargeFox app. The first charging stations will be in Euroa and Barnawartha North, Victoria.