Thursday, April 18, 2024

Regional EV charging network gateway opens in the Barossa

The South Australian Government has switched on the first of 54 DC rapid and ultra-rapid charging stations in the Statewide EV Charging Network.

The RAA (Royal Automobile Association) Charge network will be made up of a total of 86 AC Fast charging stations with a maximum output of 7kW, and 54 DC Rapid and Ultra-Rapid charging stations, with a maximum output of 150kW and 200kW respectively – part of a $12.35 million SA Government grant to construct and operate the state’s charging network.

SA Transport Minister, Tom Koutsantonis said the Government hoped to see a huge influx of electric cars on South Australian roads in coming years.

“…And we want to ensure that demand is well catered for. Regional and rural connectivity is a must, not just to make sure people living in the regions aren’t locked out of the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, but to incentivise people travelling to and through these areas,” the Minister said.

“A statewide EV charging network is an important step on our journey to a net zero future. We look forward to watching the network continue to grow with South Australian motorists’ needs.”

Of the 140 charging stations across the network, about 75% are to be located in regional towns along highways, in tourism hotspots and at popular holiday accommodation sites. The RAA has currently completed 25% of the network.

“Powered by renewable electricity, our Rapid and Ultra-Rapid chargers are the future of EV charging technology, and will help to make range anxiety a thing of the past for South Australian EV drivers,” said RAA CEO, Nick Reade.

“These charging sites will help power South Australians through their regional road trips, allowing for only a short stop to plug in and grab a coffee or bite to eat before hitting the road again – fully charged.”

JET Charge, the Rocland Group and Engie yesterday unveiled 10 new DC charging bays in Nuriootpa (pictured), one of nine projects under the South Australian Government’s $3.2 million EV Smart Charging Trials.

“The Rocland grid project will serve as a trial for the future of public smart charging, and will showcase a charging model that aligns with consumer needs,” said JET Charge CEO, Tim Washington.

The DC chargers have quick charging capabilities, service multiple charging bays and include up to 150kW output, time-of-use pricing and incentives for use during high renewable energy generation periods.

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