Australia: 50th Public DC Fast Charger Goes Online

OCT 11 2018 BY MARK KANE 6

Australia expands its charging infrastructure.

Australia reached the milestone of 50 public DC fast chargers (50 kW) installed (Tesla Superchargers aside).

It’s still a long way til the infrastructure could be considered satisfying, but at least more manufacturers will be willing to introduce some EVs in the country.

Tritium Veefil chargers in Australia (map)

Around 70% of DC chargers in Australia were supplied by Tritium, founded in Brisbane.

Recently, Tritium received an order for at least 40 Veefil RT-50kW DC fast chargers in New South Wales in Australia.

“Among the 50 charging locations are the 18 deployed for the Queensland Electric Super Highway, the world’s longest electric super highway in a single state which allows tourists to travel from Coolangatta to Cairns and from Brisbane to Toowoomba in a low or zero emissions vehicle.””

Tritium Veefil chargers in Australia

Chris Hewitt, head of sales for Australia, Tritium said:

“It’s been proven time and time again across the globe that when the charging infrastructure is in place for electric vehicles, you’ll see an uptick in the number of EVs on the road and in showrooms. We now have a significant number of publicly-available chargers across the country with more to come.”

“While hitting this milestone is a great achievement, the country still has a long way to go with the need for hundreds of new DC charging locations. Federal Government support and incentives would certainly help further drive electric vehicle penetration into the Australian market, but industry and local governments across Australia aren’t prepared to wait for it.”

“They see the tangible benefits electric vehicles bring to the environment and to trade, and they’ve been overwhelming in their enthusiasm to roll out the necessary infrastructure.”

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There are also two Tritium chargers installed in Euroa (Vic) and one in Launceston (Tas) waiting to be commissioned! (The Euroa ones are alongside some ABB 350kW chargers!)

Huzzah for our Aussie cousins!

It does not make much sense for me to spend money on an expensive DC fast station for 50 kW when you can use a much cheaper AC fast station. In Australia they use Type 2 connector that supports up to 44KW in AC.

Depends at your cars onboard charger. Nissan LEAF for example only max. 3.5kWh, so 50kWh DC is a big difference. Even Tesla got max 11kWh (17kWh only for top models). Do not know any EV can support 44kWh AC for on board charger.

Renault Zoe does. Smart ED for European market has 22kW option.
The Zoe and the Smart actually only support this method for fast charging, so it ends up being a 4th standard of fast charging, including CCS, CHAdeMO, and Supercharger.

DC goes to 350kW currently. New cars are coming with 100kW DC capable. The DC is supposed to be a direct connection to the battery, all the logic is in the charger, keeping the car side simpler and cheaper. AC to 44kW is less than half the current DC coming out and requires the AC charger to be in the car, adding cost.
Anyway, great they are building these, but the cost seems to be way expensive for what is essentially 2015 level technology. 150kW should be our standard for now. Plenty of capacity, cheaper cost, current cars are supported by this higher power without going overboard.