Australia speeds ahead with rapid charging infrastructure

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers traveling between Australia’s major metropolis will soon be able to charge their vehicles in just 15 minutes, thanks to a super-fast charging network currently being rolled out across the country.

The 21 sites on highways between Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane will be powered entirely by renewables, with further sites planned for Western Australia.

These stations will allow EV drivers to add up to 400km in range in a fraction of the time it would take to charge at a conventional charging point.

The project has been led by an Australian start-up, having raised AUS$15 million to start building the network, boosted by an additional AUS$6 million from the government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

ARENA’s chief executive Darren Miller was quoted as calling the project “game-changing” and would ease worries about range, encouraging more people to drive electric vehicles.

“This network will help alleviate that concern by giving motorists comfort they can travel long distances,” said Miller, “Electrification of Australia’s transport sector could reduce emissions and dramatically change how we use electricity.”

The first two charging sites will be in Euroa, Victoria and Barnawartha North near the Victoria-NSW border.