25 June 2022

South Australian electric vehicle owners will have greater access to better charging stations thanks to a series of State Government grants.

Electric vehicle owners shopping at Pasadena Shopping Centre, Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park and Flinders University are among the organisations receiving funding for electric vehicle smart charging stations harnessing South Australia’s renewable energy resources, supporting the grid and leading to reduced energy costs for all electricity consumers.

Smart charging services will be supported by a 1,000 kW/1,250 kWh battery energy storage system (BESS) which will be the first built at a South Australian shopping centre.

The system will be charged during periods of high renewable energy generation in South Australia, benefiting all South Australians by contributing to the reliability, security and affordability of our clean energy system.

Smart chargers, providing up to 100kW of power to a vehicle, will fully charge an electric vehicle in 15 to 45 minutes as a customer enters the shopping centre.

These trials will complement South Australia’s state-wide EV Charging Network being rolled out by the RAA, with over 500 charging stations, at 140 sites in 52 locations across the state.

Quotes attributable to Tom Koutsantonis

Forecasting suggests there could be around 170,000 electric vehicles on South Australian roads by 2030 and drivers will be demanding smart charging options, which we will be delivering as we continue our world leadership in renewable energy.

Our government is taking huge steps toward reducing carbon emissions through the Hydrogen Jobs Plan investment of $593 million

The electric vehicle smart charging trials will contribute towards our target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Background – Grant recipients:

  • $267,756 for AGL smart charging at Wilson Parking Adelaide CBD Carparks and business/private locations for the City of Marion, Uniting Communities and Centacare
  • $345,000 for a Chargefox Time of Use Pricing Smart Charging Trial Port Adelaide Plaza
  • $354,250 for Flinders University’s Virtual power plant, commercial fleet and public rapid charging network
  • $176,820 for smart charging station at Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park
  • $357,490 for a new service station in Nuriootpa at Rocland Wines
  • $558,333 for metropolitan public charging stations
  • $803,000 for a Planet Ark Customer Boost EV Smart Charging Trial at Foodland Pasadena Shopping Centre
  • $81,000 for the City of Adelaide’s UPark EV Fleet Smart Charging Trial

More information about the South Australian Smart Charging Trials