Chargefox, Australia’s largest public EV charging network, has expanded with the launch of a second ultra-rapid charging station in South Australia, this time at Murray Bridge. This station joins the existing ultra-rapid site at Keith to bring world-leading EV charging technology to the state.
Murray Bridge is the 15th ultra-rapid station opened by Chargefox, and joins hundreds of charging plugs across their network. The ultra-rapid charging station on the corner of Mary Terrace and Seventh Street takes as little as 15 minutes to recharge an EV with enough power to travel up to 400kms.
Marty Andrews, Chargefox CEO, said: “We’re thrilled to announce the opening of our second ultra-rapid charging station in South Australia. The new Murray Bridge station joins our existing Keith station to bring world-leading EV charging technology to the state, powered by 100% renewable energy.
“The Chargefox network allows both tourists and locals alike to travel around South Australia and beyond without any long charging stops. With 15 Chargefox ultra-rapid stations now open across the country, we’re connecting Australia’s major cities for the thousands of EV drivers in the future.”
The two new ultra-rapid chargers will also boost the number of electric vehicle models ultimately able to travel between Adelaide and Melbourne, and are an investment with RAA.
The roll out of ultra-rapid chargers addresses concerns motorists have about the range of electric vehicles (EVs), RAA’s Mobility Technology Specialist Mark Borlace said.
“An RAA survey of members released this month found more than 40 per cent would consider buying an EV as their next car,’’ he said.
“However, the survey also found 50 per cent said a lack of accessibility to charging stations would discourage them to buy an EV.
“So, installing more charging stations like the ones at Murray Bridge should boost the take up of this efficient and low polluting technology.’’
Sales of electric cars across Australia, including hybrid plug-ins, more than tripled in 2019 to 6718, up from 2216 in 2018. They will make up 60 per cent of new car sales by 2046, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.
Mr Borlace said the Hyundai Kona electric SUV he recently charged up at Murray Bridge could do the trip from Adelaide to Melbourne at around half the cost compared to the same petrol fuelled model.
RAA has come a long way since being founded by a small group of motoring pioneers in 1903. Today, more than 740,000 members choose RAA to deliver them peace of mind, through a trusted range of motor, home and travel products and services.
Members are at the heart of everything RAA does, so it’s always looking for new ways to better their lives and make it easy to focus on what really matters. As one of the state’s largest and oldest organisations, RAA is proud to help keep its members – and SA – moving in the right direction.
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.
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.