Australia’s Evie Network plans to install public fast chargers for new electric cars in 55 towns across rural and regional Victoria, with funding help from the State Government.
50kW DC charger made by Brisbane’s Tritium – a self-made company recently listed on the New York Stock Exchange – and will run on renewable energy.
They are said to be able to add about 50 kilometers to a typical EV in about 10 minutes.
Detailed project of 55 locations and 55 chargers, meaning just one charger per town, with the project scheduled for completion by June 2023.
Evie Networks gets the most money from State Government Destination Charges across Victoria program, for $2.97 million.
The State Government is on track to seek 50% zero-emission sales by 2030, and announced a series of 100 million dollar tally measures to make it happen.
These new regional charging stations will complement those installed and operated by Evie in 20 regional towns throughout the Loddon-Mallee and Hume regions.
Evie said it has also rolled out charging stations in suburban Melbourne with plans to expand coverage “across the entire Mornington Peninsula-Melbourne-Geelong metropolitan area”.
This expansion of the urban charging network is supported by The Federal Government’s Future Fuels Fund (FFF).
Evie Networks chief executive Chris Mills said: “Since the last long Easter weekend in 2019 when Australians could travel without restrictions, EV uptake has quadrupled. times and Victoria is at the forefront of this transition.
“…According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics, seven of the top 10 suburbs for tram absorption in Australia are in Victoria, with inner-city Melbourne taking the top spot. One in every 1,105 people in Victoria owns an electric vehicle.
“No matter where you live, everyone should be confident enough to buy an electric car because they have reliable fast charging – not just city dwellers.
“The Federal Government’s Future Fuel Fund scheme will provide excellent coverage in high population urban areas and the Victorian Government’s Destination Charge scheme will ensure communities in regions will also enjoy robust EV charging coverage so they don’t get left behind.
“This change is happening rapidly, so our priority is to work with regions across the region to ensure they can meet the upcoming demand. Our website partners – from mall and fuel station owners to local councils, hotel and tourism operators – understand that chargers are a necessity. ”
The 55 towns listed in the project document are:
- The head of Barwon
- River Cann
- The entrance to the lake
- Mirboo North
- Port Fairy
- Red Hill South
- San Remo
- St Arnaud