The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $871,000 in funding to Intellihub for deployment of 50 electric vehicle (EV) chargers. The chargers will be installed on existing roadside power poles for drivers without off-street parking across NSW.
Nine LGAs in the state will be set up to cater for EV drivers who live in apartments, townhouses or units that don’t have access to EV charging on-site. The EV chargers will allow for convenient top-ups, as well as overnight charging.
The participating LGAs are:
- Lake Macquarie
- Northern Beaches
- Inner West local councils.
The $2.04 million project is supported by Schneider Electric who will provide the charging infrastructure, and EVSE who will be managing the charging service.
Origin Energy will supply 100% GreenPower for the project, meaning all energy required to charge the vehicles will be matched with certified renewable energy added to the grid.
The trial aims to highlight that there are no regulatory barriers to using existing infrastructure that already has power running to it. It will also demonstrate the impact of EV chargers on the electricity network.
If the trial proves successful, Intellihub aims to pursue a wider rollout of chargers on a commercial basis.