Nice information for homeowners and patrons of electrical automobiles: Evie charging community is to be expanded in each capital, as Evie needs to change into Australia’s largest supplier – Automobile Information
Evie Networks, provider of charging stations for electric cars, plans to become Australia’s largest network as it wins a massive government contract to expand infrastructure in every capital city.
Funding comes from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as part of a federal grant. Evie will use the $ 15 million funding to build 158 new EV charging stations in each capital city over the next two years.
Rather than targeting bespoke locations, Evie will try to roll out its chargers in shopping malls and public parking lots to make its network more “practical”.
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Evie describes its locations as “high security” and reminds potential electric vehicle owners that the charging infrastructure will allow drivers to “unleash from driving to a gas station to refuel their car”.
However, Evie is also working with Puma and Ampol to provide charging stations at existing gas stations. Evie currently operates three stations in Sydney, four in Melbourne, one in Brisbane and three in Canberra. It also runs a large network in the Victoria area and a collection along the east coast corridor between cities.
Evie’s network currently uses and will continue to use tritium charging hardware, which can also be seen on the NRMA network across NSW. Tritium is a Brisbane based company and its chargers support both the more popular Type 2 CCS DC plug and the Japanese standard Chademo DC plug required for fast charging cars like the Nissan Leaf.
The standard locations are powered by 50 kW direct current, which allows charging times of around two hours from 10 to 80 percent for most electric vehicles, while the “ultra-fast” locations can support up to 350 kW, which is charging times much less than. allows one hour for vehicles that can accept such speeds.
Evie says about the planned rollout of 158 stations, 42 locations are intended as “ultra-fast” locations between the capitals.
Evie’s competitors include ChargeFox, which is already aggressively expanding its network, and Tesla, which recently announced that other vehicles can be charged at its currently software-locked locations, but with no timeframe.