Chargefox rapid EV charging expands into Qld

RACQ head of public policy Dr Rebecca Michael and Chargefox CEO Marty Andrews

Rapid EV fast-charging company Chargefox has expanded with the opening of its third ultra-rapid charging station in Toombul Shopping Centre, Brisbane, today – the first in Queensland.

The state-of-the-art ultra-rapid charging station can charge two cars simultaneously, delivering up to 350kW and 400km of charge in 15 mins (or 200km of charge in eight minutes) and is backed up by 100 per cent renewable energy. The station also has an Australian made 50kW fast charger, which can deliver 60km per 15 minutes.

Chargefox CEO Marty Andrews said Chargefox has a vision that one day 100 per cent of road transport will be powered by renewable energy and that Chargefox’s ultra-rapid chargers will be accessible to all Australian drivers.

“The Chargefox Toombul station opening brings us another step closer in making this vision a reality for all Queenslanders,” he said.

The Chargefox site at Toombul Shopping Centre

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RACQ head of public policy Dr Rebecca Michael said the club, through Australian Motoring Services, was pleased to support Queensland’s first ultra-rapid EV charging station.

“Motorists deserve choice and that’s why we’re so happy to be part of this project – we need to ensure EVs are part of the fleet in Queensland now and into the future,” she said.

“While EVs are far better than they used to be, range anxiety is still a barrier for some drivers. We want to help Queenslanders overcome that, so the Brisbane ultra-rapid charging station is going to be critical.”

With an additional 19 ultra-rapid charging stations in development by the Melbourne-based start-up, the Chargefox network will connect Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, as well as having stations in Western Australia and Tasmania by the end of 2019. This will make electric vehicle charging faster and easier for all Australians and support efforts to bring Australia’s vehicle emissions in line those of the USA and Europe.

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Andrews continues, “Ultra-rapid charging is the future and a game changer for all EV drivers and Australian’s who are considering switching to EVs. Since launching, Chargefox has processed over 25,000 charging sessions on more than 350 plugs across Australia and New Zealand, dispensing a total of over 190MWh of electricity – that’s enough electricity to power the average household for a decade.”

Mirvac (which owns the shopping centre) Retail National Manager for Retail Solutions Tim Weale said since the company began rolling out its EV charging infrastructure in 2017, they have seen its utilisation grow exponentially and as such now offer charging in 12 centres nationally.