Electric car charger blitz planned for for rural Victoria

Charging infrastructure supplier Evie is set to deploy a new network of chargers across Victoria, making one of the best-populated states for EV charging.

Victoria is to become one of the most densely-populated states in Australia for EV charging stations, after local infrastructure company Evie Networks completes its roll-out of 55 new 50kW chargers in rural towns.

On top of its network which already covers the Hume and Loddon-Mallee regions, Evie will expand its locations to areas surrounding the Port Phillip bay such as the eastern Mornington Peninsula and western Geelong.

All sites will be powered using 100 per cent renewable energy and will feature Tritium fast chargers capped at 50kW.

According to Evie, and dependent on vehicle model and battery size, 50kW chargers can add 50km of range in approximately 10 minutes.

The announcement was made in the lead-up to the Easter long weekend, typically a painful period where fuel prices rise with the increased demand for petrol and diesel fuels.

Evie Networks chief executive Chris Mills said he expected a recent funding boost for charging infrastructure on major highways and at tourist attractions in Victoria would further accelerate EV uptake.

“According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics, seven of the top 10 suburbs for EV uptake in Australia are in Victoria, with inner-city Melbourne taking top place,” said Mills.

“No matter where you live, everyone should be confident enough to buy an EV because they have access to reliable fast charging – not just city dwellers.”

Backed by co-funding from the Victorian government and the Federal government’s Future Fuels Fund, Evie is the largest recipient of funding of all EV charging outfits.

Locations will include shopping centres, fuel stations, and local councils.

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