Electric vehiclesProject National Ultrafast EV Charging Infrastructure Network
This Evie Networks Lessons Learnt Report provides an update on the lessons learnt from the development and construction of an ultra-fast EV charging network across Australia.
Providing high availability charging infrastructure is critical to the successful electrification of the transport sector. Where more established industries such as telecommunications have strict targets for high availability, the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging industry is in a state of operational infancy. A convenient charging experience, where infrastructure is suitably located and always available, will instill confidence with drivers, ensuring they continue to advocate the benefits of EVs. Infrastructure that is unavailable will have the opposite effect on confidence, thereby undermining EV take-up and creating challenges on Charge Point Operators and their investments.
Since launching the first ultrafast charging station in November 2019 Evie has learnt about the causes of network outages and customer charging issues. This report describes Evie’s lessons and actions to improve network availability for drivers by minimising outage duration, reducing field repair times and addressing vehicle interoperability issues.
Network availability is a continual operational priority for all Charge Point Operators, electricity suppliers, equipment manufacturers, auto manufacturers and all participants in the EV charging value chain.