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A new partnership has been created to develop the largest ultra fast highway electric vehicle charging network in Australia.

EV Connect is partnering with the Evie Networks-backed ST Baker Energy Innovation Fund to build the network.

EV Connect is providing Evie Networks with its cloud-based platform, which will be used to deploy and manage a network of 42 EV charging sites and over 80 new ultra-fast chargers, in the first phase of the project, which is to connect Australia's major cities.

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The cloud platform will include EV charging data analytics and station uptime management to improve the experience of EV drivers.

The aim is to expand the adoption of EVs, accelerate their use for long distances and to give EV drivers a charging experience similar to that of refueling a conventional internal combustion engine.

Jordan Ramer, founder and CEO of EV Connect, said: "For Australia to fully realize all the benefits of EVs, we have to reduce range and charging anxiety by giving drivers access to charging and information about chargers, no matter where they travel.

"We are excited to work with Evie Networks as we open the door to long-distance travel for electric vehicles by making charging more accessible and easy to use for drivers and more manageable for network operators."