Victorian govt drops $1 million on regional EV chargers

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The Victorian Labor Government revealed today it will partly fund the installation of two “ultra-rapid” electric vehicle charging stations at two regional locations: Euroa and Barnawartha North, near Wodonga.

A $1 million grant was announced by Energy Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, with the amount to be matched by Chargefox, the company that will install and administer the charging stations.

The first site is expected to be operational by the end of October, the second by year’s end, and Victoria’s Labor Government claims the position of the two stations will improve interstate journeys – “providing a boon for local economies, and boosting tourism in regional Victoria”. Indeed, Tesla maintains a Supercharger station at Euroa West.

The new stations will be some of the most powerful in the world, capable of charging at up to 350kW. Chargefox says that, depending on the vehicle, drivers could potentially add more than 400 kilometres of electric driving range in 15 minutes.

That sort of power gives the network some amount of future-proofing, with most current and upcoming top-line EVs only able to accept charging rates of between 100 and 150kW. The upcoming Audi e-tron Quattro is currently the only model able to charge at 150kW, and Audi says a 150kW DC fast-charge station would give the electric SUV’s 95kWh battery pack around 80 per cent of full charge in “less than half an hour”.

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