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New Super Fast Charging Stations to Accelerate Adoption of Electric Vehicles in Australia

August 15, 2016 Motoring No Comments Email Email

Charger OutdoorEnergy retailer Locality Planning Energy (ASX: LPE) is pleased to announce the first super fast, commercial electric vehicle (EV) charging station will be deployed in Australia next week. The charging station is one of five set to be deployed across Southeast Queensland and will enable drivers to charge EVs 25 times faster than a standard home charger.

Developed and manufactured by Brisbane-based Tritium, the charging station is the world’s most technologically-advanced 50 kW DC fast charger for EVs, capable of adding 50km range to an EV battery charge in just 10 minutes. By comparison, this charge would take over six hours using a traditional wall socket.

Utilising LPE’s embedded energy networks, the charging station will also be the first commercial station in Australia to provide electricity to an EV at a rate cheaper on a km-to-km basis than a traditional combustion engine vehicle. Drivers will pay for the exact amount of electricity used to recharge their vehicles (kWh), making it just as cost effective as home charging.

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Damien Glanville, Director and Chief Executive Officer, LPE states; “The charging station marks an exciting development for electric vehicles owners and we are thrilled to combine the power of Tritium’s cutting-edge and award winning technology with our embedded electricity network to make charging faster, easier and more cost effective than ever before.”

The charging station, which is being installed at the Noosa Blue Resort in Noosa Heads, is the first of five sites earmarked for EV charging station deployment in Southeast Queensland.

“With advanced infrastructure that makes EV charging more convenient and accessible, we hope to accelerate the adoption of EVs across Australia and enable greater flexibility for drivers. Trips between Noosa and Brisbane are now possible and trips to further destinations will soon be a reality,” added Mr. Glanville.

A dedicated mobile app will allow drivers to check the charging station’s availability, reserve a space and monitor their car’s charging progress.

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Paul Sernia, Commercial Director, Tritium said: “Facilitating an advanced charging infrastructure is key to accelerating the adoption of EVs, both domestically and overseas. We have seen growing demand for EVs around the world and as the only Australian company to design and manufacture EV charging stations locally, we look forward to demonstrating how the technology can enable more sustainable and cost effective transport.”

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