The rapidly growing RAA Charge network in partnership with Chargefox and the South Australian government, has passed the 50% complete stage and is powering on with many more new Rapid and Ultra-Rapid sites going into construction.
This speedy rollout has given me the confidence to start planning an EV road trip around parts of South Australia in the first half of next year.
Before this RAA Charge network started rolling out non Tesla EV drivers didn’t have enough charger options to plan a SA holiday with confidence of being able to charge up along the way.
The rough planning dates for the next few South Australian fast charger stations are listed below but please note that these may get delayed or accelerated as many organisations are involved in the rollout:
- Port Wakefield November to December 2023
- Port Augusta September to October 2023
- Hawker October to November 2023
- Pimba September to October 2023
- Penneshaw March to April 2024
New charging sites under construction
150kW Rapid sites
- Churchill Centre, Kilburn
- Civic Centre, Blackwood (already live on Chargefox app)
- Waterfront Carpark, Cowell
- Railway Terrace Carpark, Morgan
- Foodland Carpark, Woodside
200kW Ultra-Rapid site
- Civic Centre, Waikerie
RAA Chief Executive Officer Nick Reade said the highly anticipated Rapid and Ultra-Rapid chargers will enable EV drivers to swiftly charge their vehicles in just 10-45 minutes, connecting the state’s regional and metro areas like never before.
“Once complete, the border-to-border network will span across 140 charging sites, with 98% of the sites located well within the driving range of an EV and less than 200 kms apart”.
“Powered by renewable energy, our Rapid and Ultra-rapid chargers are the future of EV charging technology and will help make range anxiety a thing of the past for South Australian EV drivers”.
The Rapid and Ultra-rapid charging sites will feature a mix of CCS2 and CHAdeMO plugs. EV drivers will be able to see which chargers have both the CCS2 and CHAdeMO plugs using the Chargefox app.
Charging sites delivered in August
Ultra-rapid 200kW sites
- Council Civic Centre, Burnside
- Mt Barker Homemaker Centre, Mount Barker
Destination 7kW sites
- UPark Light Square, Adelaide CBD
- Bowling Club, Kimba
- LMG Automotive & Flinders Rest, Warnertown
- Pastoral Hotel Motel, Port Augusta
- Laura Caravan Park, Laura
- Gladstone Hall, Gladstone
- Comfort Inn Flinders on Main, Port Pirie
- Bentley Hotel, Clare
- Melrose Caravan Park, Melrose
- Steamtown Rail Museum, Peterborough
- Keith Motor Inn, Keith
- Stirling Hotel, Stirling
- Myponga Reservoir Carpark, Myponga
- Grosvenor Gardens, Victor Harbor
- The Old Noarlunga Hotel, Old Noarlunga
- Old Chaff Mill, Sellicks Hill
- Barker Reserve, Victor Harbor
- Seafront Hotel Penneshaw, Penneshaw
- Seafront Holiday Park, Penneshaw
- Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn, Kingscote
- Old Tailem Town, Tailem Bend
- Kingston Lobster Motel, Kingston
- Pine Country Caravan Park, Mount Gambier
- Blue Lake Holiday Park, Mount Gambier
The RAA Charge network, which is being rolled out with the support of a $12.35 million grant provided by the South Australian government, is expected to be completed in 2024.