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Australian EV sales charge ahead as fast charging network expands

Sales of electric vehicles in Australia, including pure EVs and plug-in hybrids have doubled in 2019 compared to the year-to-date figure from 2018.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) reported that 1,839 EVs and PHEVs have been sold to date in 2019. Quite remarkably, this figure doesn’t include any sales from Tesla, whose sales data isn’t published at this time. New Tesla Model 3 deliveries happening right now are expected to double the number of electric vehicles in Australia!

Growth in EV sales comes at a time when automotive sales in Australia have declined every month for the past year-and-a-half. This increase in sales can be attributed to two key factors:

  1. The wider availability of more affordable electric car models including the newly released Hyundai Ioniq, Hyundai Kona, and Nissan Leaf, and
  2. An increase in the availability of public charging networks.

The NRMA have recently announced the opening of its newest fast-charging station, located in Holbrook on the Hume Highway. This installation is the 23rd fast charger site the NRMA has opened in NSW in just the past 12 months. More than 17 additional sites are planned over the next year.

NRMA fast charging network NSW

NRMA’s fast charger network now extends along most major routes including the Pacific Highway, Hume Highway, Princes Highway, Great Western Highway, Newell Highway and New England Highway. These chargers are presently free to use for NRMA members

This network is complemented by another charging network operated by ChargeFox, whose current ultra-fast charging network has three installations along the Melbourne-Sydney route. These 350kW chargers can add 400km of range in 15 minutes and ChargeFox have scheduled to add another 18 by the end of the year. Whilst the cost to recharge is expected to be about $15 dollars when the network is completed, charging at the existing sites is currently free to use.

Chargefox charging network Australia

Evie Networks is the third fast-charging network planned for Australia, and has received a government grant of $15 million dollars to construct charging stations on major routes. Evie’s $50 million dollar program for 42 ultra-fast charging stations will provide coverage of charging locations no more than 150km apart between Sydney and Brisbane.

At least 23 charging stations should be completed within the next 12 months.

All three networks (NRMA, ChargeFox & Evie) are supplied with 100% GreenPower, which means the energy is certified as 100% renewable energy and zero emissions. East coast Australians are spoiled for choice!

While more than 80% of all charging sessions take place at home, the significant expansion of fast charging networks provides drivers with confidence to switch to electric because now longer trips are well covered too. Combined with the release of several EV models around the $50,000 price point, it is unsurprising that the adoption of electric vehicles in Australia is at its highest rate ever.

[September 12th 2019]

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