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Chargefox opens up 20th ultra-rapid charging station, nears completion of Australia’s largest EV charging network

Pictured: Chargefox Port Macquarie

Chargefox, Australia’s largest and fastest-growing public electric vehicle (EV) charging network, has opened it’s 20th ultra-rapid station in Port Macquarie, NSW. The addition of this station to the already expansive Chargefox network means that EV drivers are now able to travel from Sydney to the coastal regions of Northern NSW without any long charging stops. Locals and tourists alike travelling around the southern states now have access to this world-class technology, delivering up to 400km of range in only 15 minutes and backed up by 100% renewable energy. 

Chargefox Port Macquarie is the eighth ultra-rapid site to open in NSW, and construction on a final site in the state is already underway. When opened, the nine ultra-rapid sites in NSW will connect with Chargefox sites in neighbouring states and allow travel from Adelaide to Brisbane purely via the ultra-rapid network.

Chargefox has delivered this world-leading charging technology to EV drivers in VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS and WA, as well as securing partnerships with most of the major EV manufacturers. Use of their network of chargers is reducing carbon emissions by up to 90 tonnes every month. That’s the equivalent of more than 50,000 kilos of coal-burning avoided in an average month. 

Marty Andrews, CEO of Chargefox said “Chargefox has now built 20 ultra-rapid charging stations around Australia on the Chargefox network that are totally powered by renewable energy, with many others using green power where possible. We have over 11,000 users on our app, and we have powered more than 175,000 EV charging sessions.

“We’ll be opening the final two charging stations in our phase 1 rollout this summer, and we look forward to seeing our network’s growing contribution to carbon emission reduction. Together with the EV drivers of Australia, we’re helping to make Australia’s environment cleaner for future generations.”

Chargefox Port Macquarie, as well as others in NSW, was built with investment from the NRMA and the other motoring clubs via the Australian Motoring Services (AMS). NRMA Electric Vehicle Division Manager Amelia Johns said the NRMA was proud to partner with Chargefox to continue to expand its electric vehicle fast charging network across NSW and beyond.

“We are ensuring that Australia is prepared for an electric future and motorists have choice and confidence to hit the wide-open road without worrying about running out of charge. This is part of our drive to invest in regional communities and sustainable initiatives, opening the gates to more unique journeys, experiences and destinations for NRMA and Chargefox Members,” Ms Johns said.

It has been a big year for Chargefox, the company now has partnerships with most of the major car manufacturers including Volvo, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Jaguar and Audi. 

“Major car manufacturers globally are setting deadlines for when they will cease production of petrol cars. Our network of charging infrastructure, combined with our partnerships to offer free and discounted charging to drivers of select EV models, is helping move Australia towards a cleaner future” Marty said. 

Editor’s Notes

Chargefox is the biggest and fastest-growing open charging network in Australia for modern EVs. 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 – Chargefox Port Macquarie

Site location: Chargefox Port Macquarie, 1063 Oxley Highway, Thrumster, NSW, 2444

The Chargefox site in Port Macquarie features two 350kW capable Tritium Veefil PK chargers, each with CCS2 and CHAdeMO plugs. At an average of 20kWh/100km, the 350kW chargers can deliver up to 400km of range in 15 minutes.

The site is equipped with both CHAdeMO and CCS2 plug types, making it suitable for all current and future DC-capable EVs, including Tesla (some older models may require an adapter).

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