National highway electric vehicle fast charging

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National highway electric vehicle fast charging

Enabling infrastructure
Early-stage proposal (Stage 1)
Location
National
Geography
National
Category
National Connectivity
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
Infrastructure Australia identified proposal
Date added to the IPL
14 February 2019
national electric vehicle fast-charging network

Opportunity

By 2040, electric vehicles (EVs) are  projected to account for 70% to 100% of new vehicle sales and at least 30% of the vehicle fleet in Australia. According to the Electric Vehicle Council, more than 19,500 EVs have been sold in Australia  since 2011. In 2019, sales increased by 200%, with over 6,700 EVs sold. 

Moving from internal combustion engines to electric vehicle technology will result in nationally significant fuel and maintenance cost savings, and environmental benefits.

However, lack of access to charging stations has been identified by over half of motorists as a key barrier to the adoption of EVs. Although there has been an increase in charging stations since 2018, partly supplied by the private sector, the latest information from the Electric Vehicle Council suggests that Australia currently has less than 2,500 public charging stations, of  which approximately 350 are fast charging. Other key barriers to the adoption of EVs include the currently high vehicle prices, model availability, and the distance over which they can travel on a single charge.

Establishing a network of fast-charging stations on, or in proximity to, the national highway will help to overcome the  ‘access to charging facilities’ barrier  and reduce consumer anxiety about  
EV range. It is expected that the distance vehicles can travel on a single charge will continue to improve with technological advancements, and that vehicle prices  will reduce as production scale increases and the cost of batteries reduces.

National policies and regulation to complement the roll-out of fast-charging infrastructure would reduce the risk of competing standards and redundant investments, and maximise inter-operability.

Proposal

The proposal includes:

  • developing a network of fast-charging stations on, or in proximity to, the national highway network to provide national connectivity

  • developing policies and regulation to support charging technology adoption.

Complementary investment in network infrastructure may be required to ensure that the electricity generation and distribution network can provide reliable electricity supply for additional electric vehicle chargers.

Next steps

Proponent(s) to be identified.