Adelaide charged up as hub for electric vehicles

27 September

The City of Adelaide is now a hub for South Australia’s electric vehicle charging network with eight fast charging stations opening today within a new dedicated electric vehicle (EV) parking area, adjacent to the Central Market precinct.

A further 11 charging stations will be installed in the Adelaide Central Market UPark by the end of November.

In a Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partnership, the City of Adelaide and Government of South Australia have collaborated with SA Power Networks, Mitsubishi and Tesla to offer super-fast direct current (DC) charging services.

The Electric Vehicle Charging Hub (the Hub) on Franklin Street, will fully charge a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV providing a 100 per cent electric driving range of 52 kilometres in 30 minutes.

The Hub will also house Tesla Superchargers, which are the fastest charging solution in Australia, providing 270km for Model S and Model X vehicles in just 30 minutes.

The Tesla superchargers are the first of a network of 50 charging points across South Australia, and form part of the agreement between the State Government and Tesla to deliver the world’s largest lithium ion battery, to be built at Jamestown.

This addition also allows Tesla owners to travel from Brisbane all the way through to Adelaide.

The City of Adelaide’s charging stations will offer free charging services until the end of November 2017 and provide a central link to electric vehicle charging services on Kangaroo Island, the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley.

Tesla superchargers will also be installed at the Clare Country Club and in Keith and Horsham to form an 865 kilometre link to Melbourne and the Tesla supercharger network that currently extends to Brisbane.

A further 25 EV charging stations will be installed in the City’s other UPark and in on-street locations by mid-2018.

Premier Jay Weatherill said Adelaide has the ambition of being the world’s first carbon neutral city, and in the future, electric vehicles will be the preferred mode of transport.

“That’s why we are leading the way by working with electric vehicle manufacturers to install these charging points in our city, and across the State.

“These Tesla and Mitsubishi charging points are one step towards a decarbonised economy – enhancing our city’s reputation as one of the most liveable cities in the world,” Mr Weatherill said.

Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese said electric vehicles have strong, proven environmental, economic and social benefits, which include lower operating and maintenance costs, as well as less pollution.

“The Adelaide Central Market Electric Vehicle Hub establishes the Adelaide CBD as the centre of South Australia’s emerging EV charging network and demonstrates Council’s commitment to encouraging the use of low-emission vehicles in the city,” Mr Haese said.

“The City of Adelaide is installing a further 25 EV charging stations on our streets and in our UParks to ensure drivers will never risk a flat battery whilst enjoying everything the city has to offer.”