Friday, 11 January 2019 10:53

Brisbane's first free EV charging station opened by JAX

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The first free, electric car charging station opened by Jax Tyres. The first free, electric car charging station opened by Jax Tyres. Supplied

Tyre and mechanical servicing outlet JAX Tyres has opened its first, free electric car charging station at Woolloongabba in South Brisbane.

A statement from the company said the station was part of a country-wide rollout at its 86 stores in partnership with electric car utilities expert EVolution.

The South Brisbane charging station is claimed to be the first provided by an Australian tyre or mechanical store.

JAX chief executive Steve Grossreider said diversification was good for the automotive industry, claiming his company was leading the pack in catering to customers' needs.

“We need agility to service all technologies moving forward, especially in the automotive race to zero-emission targets," he said. "JAX Tyres has a very solid service network through our best-in-class franchisees and longstanding relationship with our trusted group of global top-ranked brand suppliers including EVolution.

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JAX Tyres product and pricing manager April Harwood, store manager Mark Edwards, chief executive Steve Grossrieder and EVolution chief executive Russell Shepherd at the launch of the first charging station.

"Choosing the right partner is critical and EVolution have the expertise and access to the best quality equipment on the market.

“Through this relationship, JAX Tyres will keep its position as a leading innovative technology driven retailer and our commitment to delivering market leading customer services.”

Grossreider said more stations would be set up in South Australia and Western Australia during the year.

EVolution chief executive Russell Shepherd said: “We’re very excited to be a part of JAX’s plans for a sustainable future. Drivers will be able to charge their cars either as JAX customers or as passers-by. Furthermore, and unique to JAX Tyres, any electric vehicle will be topped up via portable chargers while being serviced. The public JAX Charging network will be made up of a combination of Charge-Amps AURA Dual Port AC 22KW EVSEs and Tritium DC Fast Chargers.

“Once complete this will be the largest retail based EV charging network in Australia. All charging will be 'free forever' and accessible without the need for swipe card or mobile phone app."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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