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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Chargefox

    Location

    New South Wales
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Victoria
    Western Australia

    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables

  • Start Date

    October 2018

    Status

    Current

  • Project Partners
    None

Summary

Chargefox’s network of ultra-rapid charging stations will play a significant part in improving Australia’s infrastructure and remove one of the major barriers that limits the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). The charging stations will enable all modern EV drivers to confidently drive between Australia’s major cities. In this project, Chargefox will secure 21 locations for the network on major driving routes across the country.

How the project works

The Chargefox Electric Vehicle Charging project is the development and construction of at least 21 ultra-rapid EV charging sites along major driving routes between Brisbane and Adelaide along the coast of Eastern Australia, and in and around Perth in Western Australia, at approximately 200 kilometres apart.

Each site will hold at least two (2) DC charging stations. The combined power of the charging stations will be a minimum of 300 kW, with the ability for any single station to have a capacity of at least 150 kW. All sites will be powered by renewable energy, in some cases through on-site solar coupled with battery storage.

The project will allow all EV models currently available for sale in Australia to charge through its stations.

Area of innovation

The ultra-rapid charging technology allows an EV to add 200 to 400 kilometres of range in just 15 minutes. This is 15 times faster than typical domestic charging points.

Having a national network of ultra-rapid charging stations which enable all EV drivers to confidently drive between Australia’s major cities.

Benefit

The Chargefox ultra-rapid network allows EV drivers to quickly charge their vehicle between major cities when traveling long distances along the east coast of Australia.

The new network may help reduce range anxiety for prospective EV buyers, which is seen as a key issue in consumer studies. As a result, the network may help stimulate the uptake of EV sales in Australia, enabling the ongoing electrification of transport and the opportunity to power it via renewable energy.

Last updated 24 August 2019

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