Australia Will Build An Electric Super Highway To Support EVs

AUG 16 2017 BY MARK KANE 12

Tritium Veefil fast charger

Queensland in Australia soon will get an electric vehicle Super Highway, which enable zero emission driving through 1,800-km (1,118-mile) of its east coast, alongside the Great Barrier Reef.

Queensland’s electric vehicle Super Highway

The major hardware supplier for the project is Tritium (Veefil fast chargers), supplemented by Schneider Electric (EVlink fast chargers).

At first, the network will be free to use, in order to better hook encourage EV drivers, and leverage the market.

The first phase of the highway includes some 18 city stops, and is expected to be ready within six months.

As best we can tell, the network will consist solely of 50 kW DC fast chargers, separately Tritium announced three upcoming products that will be introduced within a year:

  • Veefil-PK: an ultra-fast, high powered charger up to 475kW
  • Veefil-WP: a DC charger for work places, fleets and high-density living
  • Veefil-ME: an innovative 12kW Bi-directional DC home charger

source: Reuters

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12 Comments on "Australia Will Build An Electric Super Highway To Support EVs"

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free? Free? FREE?!?!?

They will hook you, then suck the life out of you by having you wait constantly. And then when they start billing, people will stay away in droves. Haven’t we learned from Blink already? Free is not the way.

Free charging SUCKS!!!

Agree. They should not encourage local EV owners to free load on this system that is intended for travelers.

In America. Which actually has an enormous population and a significant number of EVs.

Come to Canada. You’ll find the DCFCs not in use nearly always.

Australia is pretty much the same way – a small population centered mostly on the coasts.

Veefil-PK at 475 KW.

Well, that is interesting.

If we get higher C rate batteries.

But it certainly is good to plan the corresponding charging infrastructure in advance instead of lacking it when high C rate batteries arrive.

Chademo or CCS or both?

So we have Tesla, BMW i3, Leaf, iMiev and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in Australia. My one or two others, but except for Tesla, these are all low range EV’s. Who knows if Leaf 2.0 will arrive, or any other long range EV.
So we have 18 DCFC spread over 1,800km. That’s at least 100km between chargers. Depending on terrain, weather, season, load and battery degrading, current EV’s probably can’t actually make it from one charger to the next.
Also, based on the funds being spent, it is about AUD$133k per charger. I don’t know who the government got to advise them, but these chargers should have been 50km apart, and $130,000 should be seriously reviewed. If 50kW DCFC can’t be implemented cheaper than that, there is a problem. The chargers should at least be 100kW for future proofing (maybe I missed that detail). Someone is profiting by ignorance about this industry.

100 km apart locations is actually typical for DCFC installations. But yeah, low range first gen EVs won’t make it, especially in colder weather.

I would argue however that first gen EVs aren’t meant or designed to be traveling any significant distance. They do get used that way, but won’t be much at all by mass adopters.

IMO 107 mile range (180km) like the 2016 and 2017 Nissan LEAF’s is the bare minimum that EVs need and 150 miles is a good minimum.

I agree that $133K AUD (about $105k USD) is a bit on the high side for just one 50 kW fast charger per location, but it does take a lot of funds to bring power to the DCFC site sometimes.

You’ve definitely got a good point tho about these installations not being future proofed. It seems we are right in the middle of a transition to 150+ kW, and likely any installations announced next year will be HPFC (150+ kW).

Don’t worry, it’s not going to be snowing anytime soon in Queensland 🙂

It’s worse than you estimated: distance from Townsville to Tully is 208km according to Google maps, Townsville to Bowen 202km. Which means that only Tesla drivers will be able to get along this route without charging at other stops in-between (the BMW i3, even the new 94Ah version, apparently can’t make it 200km as per US EPA estimates).

Also, Leaf and Outlander are no longer available new, if I understand correctly, at the moment. Nor is iMiev or course.


The only real EV available in Oz currently is the Tesla. We hope to get the Ioniq eventually. Those silly little BMWs don’t count.

SparkEV and SteveSeattle do you use free WiFi; yes – well then, just shut up.

BTW That ‘highway’ is just north of Tesla’s similar (free) highway from Melbourne to Brisbane – 1700 km or 1000 mile.

No, I don’t use free wifi. I tried to use free wifi at a market and McDonalds, but it was so slow as to be unusable. Then I got personal hotspot that I pay for.

The problem I have with free wifi is the same with free charging. They will sucker you in, then becomes unusable.