Australian electric vehicle charging network expanding

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Electric vehicles (EV) could represent 90 percent of all cars and light commercial vehicles on Australian roads by 2050, according to a new report made for the Australian Government by Energeia. This would be supported by $1.7 billion in private investment in new charging infrastructure, in accordance with the new modelling.

The forecasts show a surge in EV sales from as early as 2021, based on incentives and improved infrastructure. The models also show that, based on current trends, EV’s could have the same range capabilities as diesel or petrol fuelled cars by 2024, which would address the biggest concern for consumers – range fear.

Click here to read the full report by Energeia.

While there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of providing incentives for consumers’ uptake of EVs, this recent development across the country represents a strong initiative.

Locally, EV sales are on the rise in South Australia. According to the recent State of Electric Vehicles in Australia report, 152 EVs were purchased in South Australia between mid-2016 to mid-2017.

While these vehicles still represent a very small portion of overall sales, it does represent growth in the number of EVs sold as well as a seeing a corresponding surge in EV infrastructure. The increase in EV sales coincides with an increase in charging stations in South Australia from 42 to 76, state-wide.

Click here to read the full State of Electric Vehicles in Australia, Second Report: Driving Momentum in Electric Mobility (June 2018).

A group of EV owners, as part of the Tesla Owners Club of Australia (TOCA) have helped to fill the gaps in charging stations placements.

In the last few months, the final pieces were put on an ‘Electric Highway’ closing a three year project which now means there is an EV charger near every populated part of the country.

TOCA filled the 10,000km gaps which now mean EV owners can complete a round Australia trip. The network, made of up of 32 amp three phase chargers, which are on average 200km apart, are capable of adding 110km of range in just 30 minutes.

As both the State and Federal governments aim towards EV targets, the critical part to the success of increase uptake will be reinforced charging infrastructure and the capability to service the vehicles of the future. The MTA is well placed to provide this training, seeing many participants in our HEV / BEV courses from overseas who are already starting to rapidly reach their EV targets.

Click here if you are interested in attending a HEV / BEV course run by the MTA.