Australia’s largest ultra-rapid EV charging network expands into New South Wales

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Chargefox, Australia’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, has further expanded with the opening of its sixth ultra-rapid charging station in Sydney today – the first in New South Wales. Located at Zetland’s East Village Shopping Centre, the charging station  is capable of delivering up to 400km of charge in 15 mins (or 200km of charge in 8 mins), backed up by 100% renewable energy

Marty Andrews, Chargefox CEO, said, “From day one, our vision has been to see 100% of road travel powered by renewable energy, and our ultra-rapid chargers accessible to all Australians. Today’s announcement – in Australia’s most populous city – brings us one step closer to that vision.

We aim to make EV charging as fast and easy as possible for all Australians, and we’re excited to be leading the way in delivering world leading infrastructure backed by renewable energy, like at this site.” 

This is the first of 9 ultra-rapid charging stations that Chargefox has planned for NSW, all built with investment from NRMA. It adds to the already expansive network of 47 fast charging stations operated by Chargefox in the state. Fast charging stations are capable of adding up to 60 kms of range in 15 minutes.

When combined with the current 25 fast chargers operated by NRMA (plus an additional 15 to be rolled out before the end of the year), NSW is fast becoming one of Australia’s best serviced states for EV drivers. 

NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury said more chargers meant more choice and less range anxiety for EV drivers.

 “We are proud to support this project that will add to our already extensive network of EV chargers across the state and further open up NSW to the next generation of motorists.

“We know that range anxiety is a real barrier to the uptake of EVs now and into the future so more chargers will go a long way to alleviating concerns.”

Chargefox recently announced their plans to roll out an additional 50 ultra rapid charging sites around Australia and revealed the locations of the next 16  sites they have in development. The Chargefox ultra-rapid network will soon connect Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Cairns. Additional sites in Western Australia and Tasmania are also planned.  

Andrews concludes, “With six ultra-rapid stations open along the East Coast – all backed by renewable energy – and partnerships with Jaguar, Nissan and BMW, this has been a milestone year for Chargefox.

We’ve processed over 50,000 charging sessions on more than 1,000 plugs across Australia, dispensing a total of over 400 MWh of electricity – that’s enough electricity to power the average household for a decade.”

Editor’s Notes

Chargefox is the biggest and fastest growing open charging network in Australia for modern EVs. It has been operating charging stations across Australia and New Zealand for 2 years and has managed more than 50,000 charging sessions for drivers via it’s iPhone and Android mobile apps.

The ultra-rapid charging network is an investment by the Australian Motoring Services (RACV, NRMA, RACQ, RAC, RAA and RACT), Wilson Transformers and the founder of Carsales, Greg Roebuck. It is supported with grants from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Victorian Government.

Chargefox’s multiple partnerships with car manufacturers mean that Australians can confidently purchase an EV backed by the Chargefox network.

The freely-available Chargefox app also helps users easily find, use and pay for charging across hundreds of stations in Australia and New Zealand. 

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) – Chargefox received funding from ARENA as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government, and the Australian Government does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.

Technical Details 

The Chargefox site at East Village Sydney features two 350kW capable Tritium chargers, plus an additional 50kW capable charger.  At an average of 20kWh/100km the 350kW chargers can deliver up to 450km of range in 15 minutes, whilst the 50kW can deliver 60km in 15 minutes. 

The chargers are equipped with both CHAdeMO and CCS2 plug types, making them suitable for all current and future DC-capable EVs, including Tesla when used with an adapter.

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