The dawn of electric vehicles (EVs) has introduced a paradigm shift in how we approach travel, particularly in Australia, a vast continent known for its iconic road trips. Whether you’re an EV enthusiast, a prospective buyer, or someone merely curious about the e-revolution, you might have questions about driving ranges, charging times, and the accessibility of EV charging stations across the country. This guide will answer all of your EV charging questions and help you plan a seamless journey whether you’re road-tripping across the country or simply driving to work.
Let’s start at the beginning; there are three primary types of EV charging stations:
Level 1/Mode 2 – Slow Charging: This method of charging uses an existing powerpoint (10-15 Amp, single phase) in combination with a specialised cable that should be provided with your EV. These charge points are only found in domestic homes. On average, you’ll see 10-20km of range per hour plugged in — this is good for topping up your daily use but it will not fully recharge an EV overnight.
Level 2/Mode 3 – Fast Charging: This type of charger is usually installed in homes, apartment blocks, hotels and workplaces. It consists of a dedicated AC EV charger at up to 22kW (32 Amp, 3-phase). This method of charging will add 40-100km of range per hour of charging and can deliver a full recharge overnight.
Level 3/Mode 4 – Rapid Charging: You’ll come across these charging stations at road-side locations to provide faster recharging with a dedicated DC EV charger at power levels from 25kW to 350kW (40-500 Amp, 3-phase). At the high end of the scale you’ll enjoy a full recharge in 10-15 minutes, while at the lower end you could see 150km of range added per each hour your vehicle is plugged in.
According to the Electric Vehicle Council’s (EVC) 2023 report, there are 558 high-power public charging locations in Australia, a 57% increase from 2022. It’s worth noting that many of these locations have multiple charging bays in place, so that multiple vehicles can charge at the same time.
|State / Territory||Fast (24kW - 99kW DC)||Ultrafast (100kW DC +)||Total|
This raises the question – are there enough charging stations across Australia to support the rise in EV sales? Arguably, there aren’t enough EV chargers across all 7.7 million square kilometres of Australia. But, it’s not just about the number of charging stations.
Which Car outlines the cost per kWh to charge at various charging points across the country.
|Public charging provider standard pricing rates (August 2023)|
|Chargefox 50kW DC||$0.45 per kWh|
|Chargefox 350kW DC||$0.60 per kWh|
|Evie Networks 50kW DC||$0.50 per kWh|
|Evie Networks 350kW DC||$0.65 per kWh|
|BP Pulse 75kW DC||$0.55 per kWh|
|Ampol AmpCharge 150kW DC||$0.69 per kWh|
|Tesla Superchargers 150kW/250kW DC||∼$0.43 to $0.69 per kWh*|
The cheapest EV charging network in Australia is Chargefox at $0.45 per kWh for a 50kW DC charge port. Chargefox was founded in 2018 and is Australia’s largest EV charging network. Someone plugs into a Chargefox network every minute! Simply download their app to find, use and pay for a charging station. You can find their charging points at McDonalds, Coles, Intercontinental hotels and more.
According to the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy tool, the average off-peak pricing for time-of-use plans can range between $0.20 to $0.30 per kWh. This is based on charging from 10pm to 7am and varies depending on your electricity provider and the specific plan you have.
Drive outlines the average electricity charge to plug in your vehicle at home. These calculations are based on charging an EV with a 60kWh battery on the flat regulated tariff in each state.
|State||Reference rate – c/kWh (flat rate)||Charge cost (60 kWh battery)|
|Charge rate (kW)||Range gained per hour||Range gained per 15 minutes|
The driving range of EVs (or the maximum distance they can travel on a fully charged battery) can vary significantly. Influencing range factors include type of car, average energy usage, charging method used, age of the battery, individual driving style and outside temperature. In Australia, most EVs can travel between 250 and 300km on a single charge.
One clear takeaway: Australia is gearing up to be EV-ready and driving range concerns are becoming a thing of the past. The future of Australian roads is electric. Embracing EVs isn’t just a nod to modernity—it’s a sustainable, wallet-friendly move.
The vast charging infrastructure and continual improvements make it easier than ever to confidently choose electric. Remember, a switch to EVs is not just about a car; it’s a commitment to a greener, more cost-effective tomorrow. If you don’t already own an EV but want to join the revolution consider a Flare novated lease.