The New South Wales state Liberal government has released details for its electric vehicle charging masterplan, which will aim to install 1,000 “ultra-fast” charging bays along major routes, and an interactive map to guide network owners where they should install their facilities.
The plan for the rollout of 350kW chargers was unveiled by transport minister Andrew Constance and energy and environment minister Matt Kean, and promises the biggest EV charging network of any state or territory in Australia.
The state already has the most progressive policies to support the uptake of EVs, including the newly introduced $3,000 rebate for EVs under the price of $68,000, and a stamp duty exemption.
Constance said in a statement the plan would result in NSW having more EV charging stations than all the other Australian states and territories combined.
“The ultra-fast chargers will allow vehicles to charge to optimal range in under 10 minutes or about the time it takes to have a cup of coffee – future proofing the state and signaling to the market that NSW is ready to receive more EV models,” he said.
“The NSW Government will co-fund new ultra-fast charging stations by providing about 1,000 charging bays along key travel routes across the state and unlocking around $160 million in private investment.”
Supporting the plan is an interactive map that will provide data on electricity supply, traffic volumes, points of interest and projected demand for chargers over the next 10 years.
“This Masterplan will put range anxiety firmly in the rear-view mirror,” said Kean, the first minister in the country to drive an EV (his is a Tesla Model 3).
“We will also ensure all Government-funded charging stations are powered with renewable energy, helping to reduce emissions to net zero.”
The fully open-access map, which will help investors identify optimal locations for electric vehicle fast charging infrastructure, and will help to assess applications for EV charging grants, appears to be similar in concept to the state’s renewable infrastructure plan.
That plan has identified at least five renewable energy zones in the state, which will help guide and select the best sites for wind, solar and storage projects. The first two zones have already attracted more than 60GW of project proposals.
NSW hopes to have the 1,000 charging bays in place by 2027. It will release the support funding in four different rounds, and winning tenderer will have two years to complete their installations.
The interactive charging map will include data on projected electric vehicle adoption in the area, traffic movements, tourism data, vehicle ownership, local points of interest, location of major cabling, and available substation capacities (which has been a major issue for many ultra-fast charging stations to date).
The map will be available here.
(Note: Story has been updated to correct advice from the minister’s office on the capacity of the new chargers. They will be 350kW rather than 50kW first advised).
Giles Parkinson is founder and editor of The Driven, and also edits and founded the Renew Economy and One Step Off The Grid web sites. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years, is a former business and deputy editor of the Australian Financial Review, and owns a Tesla Model 3.