A new partnership between UK-based Connected Kerb and Australian EV infrastructure provider EVX aims to install 1,000 new kerbside EV charging points across Australia over the next 24 months.
Rather than involving traditional charging stations, EVX will be installing the charging technology into already established structures, such as bollards or poles for which Connected Kerb will be providing the infrastructure. This involves a two-part system composed of an above-ground charge point socket installed into a structure like a bollard, while the power and data pack are sunk below ground in a protective steel box
EVX says it has already been testing and validating its first ten chargers in Australia, where the public will have access to its network from the first quarter of 2023. In the state of New South Wales (NSW), these have included a kerbside unit launched by Port Philip Council earlier this year, while an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)-funded trial plans to install fifty charging points attached to kerbside power poles across nine local council areas in NSW.
Connected Kerb has been rolling out curbside charging infrastructure in the UK and is already involved in projects in the USA. In Australia, EVX says the rollout will help councils, fleet management companies and other commercial spaces access robust EV charging stations without the need to install additional infrastructure or substations. EVX and Connected Kerb’s 1,000 public chargers will be rolled out after agreements have been made with councils and other stakeholders.
With the change of federal government this year, Australia is gradually expanding opportunities for sustainable transport development. This has propelled a flurry of EV activity in Australia, with international companies making more electric vehicles available Down Under, while a new consortium is further pushing for the rapid uptake of electric vehicles.
Sean McGinty, the co-founder of EVX says: “Australians have been used to getting fuel for their vehicles in an instant but as we transition to EVs at scale, EV charging infrastructure needs to serve both fast and long-dwell scenarios.”
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