Sydney starts rolling out 50x 22kW streetside EV chargers by Schneider Electric

    Syndey EV owners will shortly have access to charge at 50 streetside chargers, solving one of the key challenges for those who don’t have access to charge at home. These pole-mounted electric vehicle chargers are now being rolled out on local streets across Sydney and the Hunter regions of NSW, under the Intellihub EV Streetside Charging project.

    The chargers offer 22-kilowatts which is a very healthy rate for overnight charging. EV owners are likely to wake up with a charged vehicle, regardless of what state of charge they arrive with. The energy comes via Schneider Electric chargers which are installed on power poles and connected directly to the overhead electricity network.

    For those who like to criticise EV charging, you can tell them the energy consumed is being matched with 100% accredited GreenPower. This means all of the energy required to charge the vehicles will be matched with the equivalent amount of certified renewable energy added to the grid.

    The project is being supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency through its Advancing Renewables Program. The objective of the project is to:

    • demonstrate that there are no regulatory barriers to using existing street furniture that already has power running to it.
    • test how many people will use the chargers. If it is a commercial success is achieved, then a wider rollout of chargers will be possible on a commercial basis.

    As you’ll see in the images below, the charger requires you to bring your own EV charging cable. There are many different types of charging cables, but the one you need here (for the vast majority of EVs in Australia) is a Type 2 to Type 2 EV charging cable.

    This is available from a range of locations, just be sure you get the 22kW version which is a little more expensive, but will allow you to charge faster thanks to three-phase power. It is also worth considering how long the cable needs to be as they do come in different lengths.

    Tens of thousands of power pole or streetlight EV chargers have been deployed across London, Los Angeles, New York, Hamburg; and Toronto.

    Other cities such as Seattle, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Berlin are exploring similar alternatives to increase Electric Vehicle adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from private transport.

    If successful, there is potential for 190,000 EV chargers that could be connected to street-side power poles across Australia. It’s estimated that one on-street charger could service 10 households that don’t have access to off-street parking.

    Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen today officially powered up the first of the EV chargers to hit the streets in the busy inner-Sydney suburb of Wolli Creek.

    The chargers have also gone live in Lane Cove and St Leonards in Sydney’s North and at Maroubra, Coogee and North Bondi in Sydney’s east.

    An additional 41 EV chargers will now be installed in local streets across Sydney’s St George, Eastern Suburbs and Northern Beaches regions, and the Lake Macquarie and Singleton regions in the Hunter Valley.

    The remainder of the chargers will progressively come online by the end of the year.

    The chargers will connect to the Ausgrid electricity network and Origin Energy is providing 100% accredited GreenPower for the project.

    Intellihub CEO Wes Ballantine said new public charging solutions were required to support the rapid uptake of electric vehicles across the country.

    “Around nine percent of all new car sales in Australia are now electric vehicles, and in some areas of Sydney the rates of EV adoption are double the national average.

    By 2030, most experts expect that there will be more than one million electric vehicles on Australian roads.

    Power poles line most streets and that presents an enormous opportunity for local communities that will need a range of public charging solutions.

    They’re an accessible, safe, and practical option for EV charging.”

    Intellihub CEO Wes Ballantine

    Areas with high-density housing, sports and recreational facilities, local shopping centres or transport precincts have been prioritised for the rollout.

    Local councils have also conducted extensive community engagement to help guide the best locations from a community perspective.

    “About one in four Australian households don’t have access to off-street parking, so these sorts of public charging solutions are a real necessity.

    EV drivers will be able to book a charging session, and then simply drive up, park and charge.

    A two-hour charging session will typically provide enough charge for around 200 kilometres of driving.”

    The EV chargers will be managed via the popular Exploren platform, which was developed by Australian EV software and hardware providers EVSE.

    The Exploren platform supports about 500 public chargers across Sydney. It allows motorists to manage their charging sessions via a smartphone app.

    The 22-kilowatt chargers have been supplied by Schneider Electric and have been enclosed in a durable and vandal-resistant metal case.

    The ARENA-backed trial will help build a base of knowledge around regulatory and commercial barriers for public EV charging, as well as uptake by EV owners across different locations and incentives.

    The full list of EV charger locations is available below, with the disclaimer that some sites are subject to final council and technical approval.

    Local councilStreet Address
    Lane CovePhoenix Street
    Lane CoveLittle Street
    Lane CoveChristie Street
    St LeonardsOxley Street
    St LeonardsMindarie Street
    Lane Cove NorthPinaroo Place
    Lane Cove NorthSirius Road
    Lane Cove WestBayside Arncliffe Street
    Wolli CreekThe Boulevard
    Brighton Le SandsSmith Street
    HillsdaleShaw Street
    Bexley NorthRailway Street
    BotanyIda Street
    Sans SouciLake Macquarie
    CardiffHarrison Street
    MorissetStation Street (two sites)
    MorissetBridge Street
    RedheadBeach Road
    DudleyOcean Street
    CharlestownSmith Street
    SingletonCastlereagh Street
    RandwickOberon Street
    RandwickBeach Street Coogee
    RandwickRoma Avenue Kensington
    RandwickHarbourne Road Kingsford
    RandwickDutruc Street Randwick
    RandwickSoudan Street Randwick
    RandwickMarine Parade Maroubra

    Local councilStreet Address
    WaverleyMacpherson Street Bronte
    WaverleyWarners Avenue North Bondi
    WaverleyMurriverie Road North Bondi
    WaverleyQueens Park Road Queens Park Bronte Road Waverley
    WaverleyWiley Streets Waverley
    WaverleyKing Street Bondi
    WoollahraCampbell Avenue Paddington
    WoollahraRoylston Street Paddington
    WoollahraSutherland Street Paddington
    WoollahraQuarry Street Woollahra
    WoollahraTrelawney Street Woollahra
    WoollahraAdelaide Street Woollahra
    WoollahraSalisbury Street Watsons Bay
    Northern BeachesGovernor Phillip Park Palm Beach
    Northern BeachesBarrenjoey Road Avalon Beach
    Northern BeachesKalinya Street Newport
    Northern BeachesYulong Avenue Terrey Hills
    Northern BeachesCoronation Street Mona Vale
    Northern BeachesBoondah Road Warriewood
    Northern BeachesBlackbutts Road Frenchs Forest
    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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