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EV charging network spreads across highway system

For Australians keen to ride the global wave of electric vehicles for their energy, environmental, and economic benefits, one of the stumbling blocks has been the lack of charging stations dispersed outside of major centres.

This limitation will be countered by a new plan for 42 charging stations from Evie Networks, which will connect Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, and Brisbane.

The charging stations will use Australian manufacturer Tritium’s technology, which has already installed their technology in 29 countries around the world.

All of the chargers rolled out by Evie Networks will be powered by renewable energy, and construction has begun on the first site, north of Brisbane. The company hopes that 24 sites will be up and running after 12 months.

The chargers will allow vehicles to travel up to 100 kms after 15 minutes of charging, with 350 kW of power. The chargers will support all current electric vehicle models.

Unlike other countries where urban centres are clustered closer together, Australia’s disparate cities and dispersed geography have hampered the distribution of electric vehicle charging networks.

To counter this, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has provided $15 million to Evie Networks to support the charging network. The total cost of the network is estimated at $50.2 million.

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