How fast are fast electric vehicle chargers and how could they spell a game changer for the industry? There will be opportunities for the industry and it is important you as business owners are aware of changes heading our way and evolutions in technology.
A superfast electric vehicle charger (350 kilowatts) can supply 400km of range is just 15 minutes. To put that in perspective, a modern home-based AC to DC converter charger can take up to eight hours to fully charge an electric vehicle. This demonstrates the impact that fast chargers could have on the way road users will charge their vehicles in the near future, a future that’s not as far away as you might think. It will be up to us in the industry to grasp opportunities such as fast chargers and how you can implement them into your businesses.
David Finn, co-founder and CEO of Brisbane based electric vehicle charging company, Tritium, has predicted a major shift in the way people will be charging their vehicles and says these fast chargers will be a game changer saying, “You won’t necessarily charge an electric car at home anymore.”
“You might pull up once a week or once every two weeks, with these larger battery packs, and in the time it takes to go get a cup of coffee, you have charged your car.”
“You might see them in front of a Coles or Woolworths because it makes more sense. As you pop in to do your groceries once a week, you charge up your car. This will be a bit of a game changer as the technology adoption is growing.”
Mr Finn was asked about whether or not these fast chargers could connect many corners of Australia and whether we could see a fast charging network in five years to which he responded, “shorter”.
“The idea of these networks is to give full national coverage, to be able to drive from Brisbane to Adelaide, for example.”
Tritium isn’t the only company jumping on the fast charging band wagon either, with Chargefox planning to launch 22 charging stations across Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney. EV Networks is planning to launch even more, with 43 fast chargers planned across the same cities.
This does raise the question of how consumers will be charged for fast charging their vehicles, something brought up in our recent Electric Vehicles Strategy Working Group. Click here to read our recent article on the Working Group and its findings.