EV travel barriers broken

EV travel barriers broken

South Australia’s first border-to-border electric vehicle charging network is powering ahead, as RAA completes a total of 26 rapid and ultra-rapid charging sites across the state.

The RAA Charge network is now 75% complete and comprises 104 charging sites and 363 charging points across SA.

RAA chief executive Nick Reade said the installation of the was going to be a game changer for anyone planning a long-distance road trip over the Christmas and New Year break.

“From Adelaide to Streaky Bay, Yorke Peninsula and the Riverland, down to Mount Gambier in the South East, South Aussies will be able to hit the road this summer and have peace of mind they can recharge along the way in as little as 10 to 40 minutes,” he said.

“Just as we did 120 years ago, we’re solving ‘range anxiety’ for motorists and helping unlock South Australia’s regions for EV drivers.”

Mr Reade said the construction milestone has unlocked charging for six long-distance road trips in South Australian tourism regions.

The cost to charge an EV with a 64kW battery and a driving range of about 480km using the 150kW rapid or 200kW ultra-rapid chargers, is between $22 and $26.

In comparison, it currently costs more than $100 to fill a similar size car with a 50L internal combustion engine with petrol.

Once complete in 2024, the RAA Charge network will comprise of 140 charging sites – including 54 rapid and ultra-rapid charging locations – and more than 500 charging points across the state, with 75% of these charging sites located in regional areas.

The RAA Charge network is being rolled out with the support of a $12.35m grant provided by the State Government.

To locate your nearest charger, initiate charging and complete payment, download the Chargefox app.

To learn more about the network, visit www.raa.com.au/charge

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