On behalf of the Australian government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has awarded funding totaling 24.55 million Australian dollars (roughly 15,2 million euros) to five providers to build a total of 403 new fast-charging stations.
THe $24.55 million in funding will go to five applicants across 19 projects to expand Australia’s fast-charging network for battery electric vehicles.This is the first round of the Government’s Future Fuels Fund.
ARENA says it has increased the funding amount of $16.5 million (Australian dollars) by a further $8.05 million after registering high interest from applicants. “The proposals we received were of such high quality, we were compelled to increase the funding,” said ARENA CEO Darren Miller. “We’re delighted to be able to support more than 400 charging stations across the country.”
The electric car charging network provider Evie Networks will receive $8.85 million for 158 charging points. Ampol will receive $7.05 million for 121 fast chargers, while Engie will receive $6.85 million for 103 fast chargers. The much smaller lots went to Chargefox ($1.4 million for 16 charging points) and Electric Highways Tasmania with $400,000 for five fast chargers.
As part of the first round, the charging stations will be located in eight geographic regions with 14 of the country’s most populous cities. In addition to capital cities in every state, regional centres such as Geelong, Newcastle, Wollongong, and the Sunshine Coast will each receive at least eight new fast-charging stations.
“As the costs of electric vehicles come down, more consumers and fleet users are looking to go electric,” Miller says. “Expanding the fast charging network will make it easier than ever to drive an EV in Australia.”
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