Australian EV charging infrastructure makes it easy to make the switch

Last updated on 19 September, 2023
Australian electric vehicle (EV) sales are starting to take off with the latest data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) revealing 32,060 EVs making it to our roads in 2023 so far. With this sharp rise in EVs on our roads, more public fast chargers are needed to keep pace with the needs of everyday electric car drivers.
Aerial view of Electric Vehicle Only parking spaces

Today we explore what the state of play with EV fast charging is in Australia as more drivers make the switch.

EV charging in Australia has evolved over the last couple of years. The expectation of an EV charging station is that it’s reliable, fast, well-lit, clean, and safe.

As of June 2023, the EV charger rollout tracker reveals over 500 active fast-charging sites across Australia. These charging stations are operated by various companies, some you may know of, while others are not as well known.

With that in mind, according to data from carloop, the top three EV charging network operators manage more than 60% of the fast-charging sites in Australia. Each of these network operators has its own app that EV owners need to download to be able to use their charging stations.

Many of these chargers are located around the main cities and over 73% of the sites are in the most populated states of Australia.

Chargefox is the largest EV network operator in Australia with 153 active sites across the country. According to data analysed by carloop, Chargefox operates more EV fast charging sites than any other operator.

This is followed by Evie Networks, which according to the charging tracker, operates over 110 fast-charging sites in all states and territories, including the Northern Territory! That one is located next to a Red Rooster in Marrara.

We can’t talk about EVs without talking about Tesla. The electric car maker in Australia also operates its own fast charging stations. As of June 2023, Tesla operates over 60 sites across the country.

All of these sites have multiple chargers that can only be used by Tesla drivers at this stage. There are also plans to open the network up to other makes of electric cars.

Tow people plugging in their Electric Vehicles at a charging station

Last year, according to the EV charger rollout tracker, a total of 109 new fast-charging sites were added to the Australian EV charging network bringing the total number of sites to 442.

In January 2023, Tesla opened five sites in New South Wales that allow non-Tesla EV drivers to charge their EVs. These sites include popular regional destinations such as Bathurst, Dubbo, Hollydene, Narooma and Tamworth.

In the first six months of 2023, additional BP Pulse and Evie Networks fast charger sites have been opened, with many others currently under construction. As of June, a total of 97 new sites have been opened to EV drivers this year.

With thousands of Australians making the switch to electric cars every month, it’s positive to see so many fast-charging stations coming online to help make this transition to a cleaner future.

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