Chargefox, Australia’s only public ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging network, has expanded with the opening of its third ultra-rapid charging station in Toombul Shopping Centre, Brisbane, today – the first in Queensland.
The state-of-the-art ultra-rapid charging station can charge two cars simultaneously, delivering up to 350kW and 400km of charge in 15 mins (or 200km of charge in 8 mins) and is backed up by 100% renewable energy. The station also has one Australian made 50 kW fast charger, which can deliver 60 km per 15 minutes.
Marty Andrews, Chargefox CEO, said, "Chargefox has a vision that one day 100% of road transport will be powered by renewable energy and that our ultra-rapid chargers will be accessible to all Australian drivers. The Chargefox Toombul station opening brings us another step closer in making this vision a reality for all Queenslanders."
RACQ Head of Public Policy Dr Rebecca Michael said the Club, through Australian Motoring Services, was pleased to support Queensland's first ultra-rapid EV charging station.
"Motorists deserve choice and that’s why we’re so happy to be part of this project – we need to ensure EVs are part of the fleet in Queensland now and into the future. While EVs are far better than they used to be, range anxiety is still a barrier for some drivers. We want to help Queenslanders overcome that, so the Brisbane ultra-rapid charging station is going to be critical" Dr Michael said.
With an additional 19 ultra-rapid charging stations in development by the Melbourne-based start-up, the Chargefox network will connect Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, as well as having stations in Western Australia and Tasmania by the end of 2019. This will make electric vehicle charging faster and easier for all Australians and support efforts to bring Australia’s vehicle emissions in line those of the USA and Europe.
Andrews continues, "Ultra-rapid charging is the future and a game changer for all EV drivers and Australian’s who are considering switching to EV’s. Since launching, Chargefox has processed over 25,000 charging sessions on more than 350 plugs across Australia and New Zealand, dispensing a total of over 190MWh of electricity - that's enough electricity to power the average household for a decade."
Tim Weale, Mirvac Retail National Manager for Retail Solutions said, "We're thrilled that the Toombul shopping centre is now home to Australia's fastest EV charger. As the first shopping centre in Australia with Chargefox ultra-rapid chargers, we anticipate strong demand for the service from our customers, who will be able to conveniently charge their car whilst enjoying our shopping, dining and leisure experiences."
"We are proud to be the leading retail landlord delivering EV charging infrastructure across our group of shopping centres nationally. Since we began rolling out our EV charging infrastructure in 2017, we have seen its utilisation grow exponentially and as such we now offer charging in 12 centres nationally."
Andrews concludes, "We’re helping Australia transform from being a global laggard in transport innovation to having only the third ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging network in the world. Our new Toombul station is the next stepping stone on our journey to connect Australia’s major cities for the thousands of drivers using efficient, clean electric vehicles."