Australia installs 50th EV fast-charging site

Australia has hit an important milestone in the drive towards an electric vehicle future with the installation and operation of the nation’s 50th publicly-available 50kW DC fast charging location in the Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin.

Tritium’s Veefil-RT 50kW DC Fast Chargers were installed by the NRMA at Pokolbin as part of its $10 million electric vehicle fast charging network rollout.

“It’s been proven time and time again across the globe that when the charging infrastructure is in place for electric vehicles, you’ll see an uptick in the number of EVs on the road and in showrooms,” Tritium Australia head of sales Chris Hewitt said.

“We now have a significant number of publicly-available chargers across the country with more to come.

“While hitting this milestone is a great achievement, the country still has a long way to go with the need for hundreds of new DC charging locations.”

Tritium, founded in Brisbane, is a world leader in fast-charging station technology with deployments in 26 countries.

In Australia alone, Tritium has more than 70 per cent market share.

The milestone installation comes during a Senate inquiry into the use and manufacture of electric vehicles in Australia, with a report expected in December this year.

“Tritium’s success is a timely reminder that we have the smarts and skilled labour force here in Australia to be an advanced manufacturing powerhouse,” Select Committee on Electric Vehicles chair Senator Tim Storer said.

“Imagine what they could achieve if we had a national strategy to support the development of the EV industry here in Australia.

“I hope my inquiry will prompt the Federal Government to be more proactive, so that companies like Tritium can more fully realise the benefits on the electric vehicle transition.”

The NRMA’s electric vehicle network rollout is expected to be completed in 2019 and aims to install approximately 40 DC Fast Chargers across New South Wales and the ACT. The charger at the Hunter Valley Gardens is the fourth in the proposed rollout.

Among the 50 charging locations are the 18 deployed for the Queensland Electric Super Highway, the world’s longest electric super highway in a single state that allows tourists to travel from Coolangatta to Cairns and from Brisbane to Toowoomba in a low or zero emissions vehicle.

Tritium’s Veefil-RTs ensure drivers can fully charge their vehicle to 80 per cent within 30 minutes on average for any EV with a CHAdeMO or CCS2 socket.

Chargers will accommodate most makes and models of EVs available in Australia.