In the drive towards an electric vehicle future, Australia has achieved an important milestone.
The nation’s 50th publicly-available 50kW DC Fast Charging location has been installed and operated in the Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin.
As part of its $10m electric vehicle fast charging network rollout, Tritium’s Veefil-RT 50kW DC Fast Chargers were installed by the NRMA at Pokolbin.
Chris Hewitt, head of sales for Australia, Tritium, said, “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. We now have a significant number of publicly-available chargers across the country with more to come.”
Senator Tim Storer, chair of the Select Committee on Electric Vehicles said that Tritium’s success is a timely reminder that they have the smarts and skilled labor force in Australia to be an advanced manufacturing powerhouse. “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 realize the benefits on the electric vehicle transition.”
Hewitt added that while achieving 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. Federal Government support and incentives would certainly help further drive electric vehicle penetration into the Australian market, but industry and local governments across Australia aren’t prepared to wait for it. “They see the tangible benefits electric vehicles bring to the environment and to trade, and they’ve been overwhelming in their enthusiasm to roll out the necessary infrastructure.”
In 2019, the NRMA’s electric vehicle network rollout is expected to be completed, aiming to install approximately 40 DC Fast Chargers across New South Wales and the ACT. In the proposed rollout, the charger at the Hunter Valley Gardens is the fourth.
The 18 deployed for the Queensland Electric Super Highway, the world’s longest electric super highway in a single state which allows tourists to travel from Coolangatta to Cairns and from Brisbane to Toowoomba in a low or zero emissions vehicle are among the 50 charging locations.
The continued development of infrastructure has also attracted the interest and support of electric vehicle manufacturers, including Australia’s number three brand, Hyundai: “The more infrastructure we see being put into place, the more we’re encouraged to introduce new electric vehicles into the Australian market,” said Scott Grant, Chief Operating Officer, Hyundai Motor Company Australia. PWKD11102018