The electric vehicle sector has received a boost with the installation of an ultra-fast charging station at Coochin Creek on the Bruce Highway, 60km north of Brisbane.
The charging station, built and operated by Evie Networks, is powered by 100 per cent renewable energy and complements the network of 18 EV fast chargers installed in cities up the coast by the Queensland Government. It is the first in Evie’s Australia-wide network of 42 stations, due to be rolled out over the next two years.
Manufactured by Brisbane company Tritium, the station’s 350kW chargers offer both Japanese and European plugs and are the first of their kind globally.
Although there are currently no EVs in Australia able to handle the full 350kW charging rate, the Evie Network system will allow all vehicles, regardless of their age, battery size or connection type, to charge at a faster rate than is currently accessible anywhere else. As battery technology continues to advance, Evie Networks says that these more powerful chargers future-proof the system to accommodate this evolution.
The Coochin Creek station comes installed with a solar canopy, designed to shelter motorists from the sun and which also contribute additional power to the chargers.
Charging at the station will be free for November, the first month of opening. From then on, customers will be able to use a pay-as-you-go system via the Evie app, or an RFID card which can be ordered through the app.
“This station is the first of what will be the largest rollout of ultra-fast highway charging stations being built in Australia,” said Chris Mills, Evie Networks CEO.
“There are currently only around 70 fast charging sites in Australia, most of which are proprietary or require a subscription. Providing ultra-fast charging stations at accessible highway locations around the country, all open-access and ‘pay-as-you-go’, like the Coochin Creek, is about serving EV drivers and opening up new journeys.”
To find out more about Evie Networks, visit goevie.com.au