Wednesday, 17 February 2021 10:24

First Central Vic EV charging station installed in Maryborough

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First Central Vic EV charging station installed in Maryborough Courtesy Tritium

The first of 17 electric vehicle charging stations earmarked for Central Victoria has been installed in the town of Maryborough.

A statement from the Victorian Government said the other locations for the charging stations would be Ouyen, Swan Hill, Kerang, Echuca, and smaller rural towns and key tourist sites including Robinvale, Wedderburn, Newbridge and Inglewood.

While the statement characterised the installation of the stations as being meant to "reduce emissions and support the uptake of electric vehicles", the state has also said it would be putting in place a 2.5 cent per kilometre travelled levy on electric cars used by residents of the state from July 2021 onwards.

The charging units for Central Victoria have been sourced from Tritium, a company based in Queensland. Of its RTM75 charger, the company says it is "compatible with all domestic, commercial and fleet EVs using the CCS or CHAdeMO standards".

"This charger can provide CCS cable output up to 920V and 180A DC (up to 500V and 125A via CHAdeMO) and supports the ISO15118 CCS communication standards," a company brochure adds.

"The 75kW charger as an integrated safety loop with tilt and door sensors that can be connected to an upstream safety disconnect."

The key features listed are:

  • Patented liquid-cooled technology
  • Sealed electronics enclosure (IP65)
  • Durable and robust double skin metal enclosure – IK 10 (HMI IK08)
  • Simultaneous Charging ready (dual EVSE)
  • Mix and Match Cables - CCS1, CCS2 and/or CHAdeMO
  • 200V to 920V DC output
  • Option for six-metre-long cables with integrated cable management
  • 10” LCD display
  • Supports ISO 15118 ‘Plug and Charge’ technology for hassle-free authentication and payment
  • Wide operating temperature range -35°C to +50°C (-31°F to +122°F)
  • Continuous operation at ambient temperature of -35°C to +40°C (-31°F to +104°F)
  • Ethernet & 3G/4G wireless communication
  • Optional contact-less for 3-in-1 credit card reader
  • Door ingress and tilt sensors with support for upstream disconnect

Victoria's Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said: “I’m excited to see cutting-edge Australian technology installed in regional Victoria to attract tourists as well as ensuring regional Victorians are not left behind in the transition to electric vehicles.

“The electric vehicle charging stations we’re installing throughout the Loddon Mallee will put the region on the map for EV tourists, connecting Melbourne to Mallee unlocking the Goldfields and creating an EV tourist trail from Mildura to Echuca.

“The chargers will encourage more visitors to our thriving regional cities and laid-back rural towns, which will boost local economies.”


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