Electric car ultra rapid chargers arrive in heart of brown coal country

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A row of electric car chargers in the La Trobe Valley will soon go online, but there are still hurdles to jump.

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The Driven

On the edge of a carpark in Gippsland’s La Trobe Valley, a row of electric car chargers await the spark of life that will allow them to power the transition to clean transport in the very heart of Victoria’s brown coal region.

The site, which is being built at the Gippsland Heritage Park in Moe, is one of several ultra-rapid charging sites currently being installed by EV charging network service provider Chargefox, and it is very close to going online.

The facility will provide charging spots for up to four electric vehicles at a time, allowing drivers to foray eastward from Melbourne to visit the region’s many tourism attractions or simply escape the city buzz for the weekend.

Along with other sites such as Ballina in NSW’s Far North Coast and Cooma at the base of the NSW snowfields, the site will soon form part of a much needed electric car charging network stretching the length of Australia’s eastern seaboard and regional areas.

They will become an increasingly necessary part of roadside infrastructure also, as the national fleet of electric vehicles in Australia gradually increases thanks to the arrival of more affordable electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Ioniq which both start at under $50,000, and the Model 3 which is rapidly reshaping the Australian EV market.

To read the full story on RenewEconomy’s electric vehicle dedicated site, The Driven, click here…

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