10
April
2019
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07:26
Australia/Melbourne

Latest ultra-rapid EV charging station opens in Barnwartha North

Chargefox's ultra-rapid EV charging network has expanded with the opening of a second ultra-rapid charging station in Barnawartha North Victoria, capable of delivering 400km of range in only 15 minutes and backed up by 100 per cent renewable energy.

Marty Andrews, Chargefox CEO said, "The new charging station is a significant milestone, enabling electric vehicle drivers to travel from Melbourne to Victoria’s high country, or to the NSW Riverina Murray region without any long charging stops."

Behyad Jafari, CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council said, "The introduction of Australia’s first public charging network is a significant milestone to the broader goal of mass adoption of electric vehicles. Every Australian would benefit from a pivot to electric vehicles. Our cities could have cleaner, quieter roads, drivers could be spared the unpredictability of the petrol bowser and the nation wouldn’t be dependent on foreign fuel imports. Chargefox’s network is a key piece of the puzzle for Australia to accelerate from the back of the global pack."

The Barnawartha North station was designed and built using local expertise including Shepparton-based Watters Electrical, local Wodonga businesses Excell Gray Bruni and EDM Group for civils and planning, and East Albury’s Enviro Culture Services for landscaping.

Andrews continues, "One of the great pleasures of this project has been working with local builders and suppliers. They know the area and have brought great skill and expertise to the construction. It’s great that we can contribute to the local economy in this way."

Bryce Prosser, RACV Public Policy General Manager, said, "Chargefox’s network is an innovation we’ve needed in Australia for some time, so it’s exciting to see it reach this new milestone. A reliable electric vehicle charging network is critical to ensure our members can travel more confidently in their electric vehicles. Chargefox’s network means electric vehicle owners will finally be able to travel long distances between cities without worrying about either running out of charge or spending hours waiting for a recharge."

With an additional 20 ultra-rapid charging stations in development, the Chargefox network will soon connect Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, as well as having additional stations in Western Australia and Tasmania.

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 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 Barnawartha North 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."