AUSTRALIA. Australian Capital Territory Expands EV Charging Network with Funding for 39 New Fast-Chargers

The government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has announced funding for the installation of 39 new fast-chargers in Canberra. This initiative is part of the government's plan to increase the number of public EV chargers in the city to 180 by 2025, up from the current 156.

The funding, totaling 626,275 AUD (approximately 415,721 USD), will be distributed among four recipients: ActewAGL, BP, ENGIE, and Evie. The chargers will be DC fast-chargers strategically placed “in key locations across the city,” although specific technical details and locations have not been disclosed.

Chris Mills, CEO of Evie Networks, expressed excitement about the project, stating, “Winning this Round 2 grant in the ACT highlights our continuing success in expanding the Evie charging network through Government grants, showcasing not only our expertise in delivering EV charging but our commitment to supporting the transition to sustainable transportation.”

Greg Schumann, ENGIE ANZ Director of Green Mobility, emphasized the importance of placing EV charging infrastructure in convenient locations, stating, “It's important to place EV charging infrastructure in convenient locations where people want to go, be it a university, shopping centre, tourism destination or somewhere they visit as part of their daily routine.”

This initiative builds upon previous efforts by the ACT government to support electric mobility. In earlier rounds, the government funded 39 DC chargers and an additional 21 chargers. The new chargers are expected to be installed by the end of the year.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has been proactive in promoting electric vehicles, launching an EV action plan in 2018, which ran until 2021. The territory has also introduced incentives to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles.