Brisbane-based Tritium, developer of the shapely Veefil Fast Charger, plans to build what it says will be Australia’s largest fast-charging network.
The proposed Fast Cities Network will comprise four Veefil fast-charging units in Brisbane, and eight near other popular destinations in the Southeast Queensland region, strategically located along major transport corridors.
“Australia, ahead of the world in so many areas, is lagging behind as a nation in the uptake of electric vehicles, which have been shown to make an enormous contribution to creating cleaner, healthier cities,” says Tritium’s Commercial Director, Paul Sernia. “We are launching this initiative as a global demonstration of how to operate and run a fast-charging EV network beyond just one population centre. EVs are coming, and it’s something councils around the world need to deal with. We want them to be looking to Queensland to see how a great intercity charging network can be operated.”
“In countries where there is significant growth in EVs, the availability of a fast-charging infrastructure has been critical,” continues Sernia. “Veefil fast chargers will be able to add 50 km of driving distance in just 10 minutes, enabling EV drivers to easily travel the region and address perceptions of range anxiety.”
“We are currently talking to a number of organisations about how they can become involved in the project,” says Sernia, “and we would be interested in hearing from any business, car club or civic association which would like to support the initiative or host a charging unit along the route. Our estimate is the cost of implementing the Fast Cities Network will be around 450,000 Australian dollars.”