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Ultra-rapid charging stations soon to be available for all modern electric vehicles (EVs)

Australian start-up, Chargefox Pty Ltd has successfully raised $15 million to enable it to commence building Australia's largest open, ultra-rapid network of charging stations for electric vehicles.

The funding has come from a combination of sources including investment from The Australian Mobility Clubs (NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAC, RAA and RACT), Wilson Transformers and the founder of Carsales, Greg Roebuck, and grants from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Victorian Government.

These ultra-rapid charging stations will be open to all EVs and charging time will be quicker, with up to 400km of range delivered in 15 minutes. The chargers will be capable of power output of at least 150kW and up to 350kW, which will be the fastest of any charger currently available in Australia.

"Chargefox is committed to sustainable mobility. Our network of ultra-rapid charging stations will play a significant part in improving the infrastructure of this country and remove one of the major barriers that limits the adoption of EVs. The charging stations will enable all modern EV drivers to confidently drive between Australia’s major cities," said Marty Andrews, CEO, Chargefox.

In the initial rollout, Chargefox plans to secure 21 locations for the network and the first stations located in Euroa and Barnawartha North, Victoria.

Anyone who has an EV, or is considering purchasing one, can now download the Chargefox App and easily find hundreds of charging stations available across Australia and New Zealand. The Chargefox App also allows consumers to conveniently use and pay for charging via their mobile phone.

Marty added, "Chargefox has a vision that one day 100% of road transport will be powered by renewable energy and from day one our ultra-rapid chargers will be accessible to all Australian drivers."

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Victorian Government adds more rapid charging network infrastructure

Chargefox has received a $1 million grant from the Victorian Government to fund installation of the world’s latest technology for electric vehicle charging stations.

The ultra-rapid stations will be capable of charging at up to 350kW, which can potentially add over 400km of range to an electric vehicle in 15 minutes. They will be the fastest of any charger currently deployed in Australia.

The funding will be used to install multiple stations across two different sites, located in Euroa and Barnawartha North near Wodonga.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily d’Ambrosio said today:

"Electric vehicles are the future, and we're doing everything possible to make them a real option for Victorians."

With many manufacturers bringing new electric vehicles coming to market in the next year, including Jaguar Land Rover, Hyundai and Audi, Chargefox hopes these stations will help Victorians feel more comfortable choosing to buy an EV as their next car, and to take the opportunity to tour regional Victoria as a result.

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Collaborating with local government to install charging stations

The City of Adelaide provides critical infrastructure and incentives to encourage electric and low-emission vehicle use. As part of this initiative Chargefox is managing the charging and payment processing for public EV charging stations in the Adelaide CBD.