The Victorian State Government has followed its $1 million investment in a high-speed electric vehicle charging network with a further $2 million, announcing ultra high-speed stations will be built in Melbourne, Ballarat, Horsham, Torquay and Traralgon.
Those five high-speed follow stations in Euroa and Barnawartha North, the former of which was formally unveiled today. All seven sites will be powered by renewable energy, and are capable of 350kW charging, allowing suitably-equipped vehicles to gain 400km of range in just 15 minutes.
“Uptake of electric vehicles will help us reduce emissions and to tackle climate change,” said Lily D'Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, speaking today at the first station in Euroa.
“More Victorians will be driving electric vehicles in the future, that’s why we’re building the infrastructure to be ready to meet this demand.”
Once the full network of 21 stations – designed to link Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne – is up and running, there should be places to charge every 200km. The network will support the full range of electric vehicles currently on sale in Australia.
Along with funding from Chargefox and the various state governments, the network has been facilitated by a $6 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Speaking earlier this week, Darren Miller, ARENA CEO, said the network is important to bring Australia up to speed with the rest of the developed world.
“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,” he said.