‘EV charging networks are being rolled out in other countries, and Australia needs to catch up to ensure that we can experience the same benefits of improved driving experience, lower operating costs, and better environmental outcomes that electric vehicles offer.’

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Chargefox have today announced the first brand-agnostic high-speed charge network for electric vehicles Down Under.

Renewable energy will be used to power all 21 stations, which will link Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Stations will also be set up north and south of Perth.

Stations will be no more than 200km apart, and will support the full range of electric vehicles on sale in Australia at the moment.

Each station will have two outlets, both of which will be capable of 150kW charging. ARENA says it should take just 15 minutes to add between 200 and 400km of range, up to 15 times faster than home charging.

“EV charging networks are being rolled out in other countries, and Australia needs to catch up to ensure that we can experience the same benefits of improved driving experience, lower operating costs, and better environmental outcomes that electric vehicles offer,” said Darren Miller, ARENA CEO.

“This will not only encourage more people to purchase EVs, but will also ensure that all charging is coming from renewable energy and provide a useful test case for charging EVs from remotely located, distributed renewable generation,” he continued.

Euroa, in country Victoria, and Barnawartha North, on the Victoria/NSW border, will be home to the first two stations. Their installation is being supported by $2 million from the Victorian Government. ARENA has provided a further $6 million to the project.

“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,” said Marty Andrews, Chargefox CEO.

“The charging stations will enable all modern EV drivers to confidently drive between Australia’s major cities.”