Ultra-rapid charging stations soon to be available across Australia
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Posted: 29 October 2018 | Intelligent Transport | No comments yet
Recent funding will help encourage the use of electric vehicles across Australia with the deployment of new charging facilities.
Australian start-up, Chargefox Pty Ltd, has raised $15 million to enable the build of Australia’s largest open, ultra-rapid network of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs).
The funding has come from a combination of sources, including investment from The Australian Mobility Clubs (NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAC, RAA and RACT), Wilson Transformers and the founder of Carsales, Greg Roebuck, and grants from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Victorian Government.
These ultra-rapid charging stations will be open to all EVs and charging time will be efficient, with up to 400km of range delivered in 15 minutes. The chargers will be capable of a power output of at least 150kW up to 350kW – the fastest charger currently available in Australia.
“Chargefox is committed to sustainable mobility. Our network of ultra-rapid charging stations will play a significant part in improving the infrastructure of this country and remove one of the major barriers that limits the adoption of EVs. The charging stations will enable all modern EV drivers to confidently drive between Australia’s major cities,” said Marty Andrews, CEO, Chargefox.
In the initial deployment, Chargefox plans to secure 21 locations for the network and the first stations will be located in Euroa and Barnawartha North, Victoria.
The Chargefox App is available to be downloaded and will help users easily identify hundreds of charging stations accessible across Australia and New Zealand. The app also allows consumers to conveniently use and pay for charging via their mobile phone.
Andrews added: “Chargefox has a vision that one day 100 per cent of road transport will be powered by renewable energy and from day one our ultra-rapid chargers will be accessible to all Australian drivers.”
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