The fifth electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging station by EV network provider Chargefox is now open in seaside village and surf mecca Torquay, Victoria.

The latest site will feature four chargers in total in what will be a 22-strong network of ultra-rapid and fast chargers. With an additional 17 ultra-rapid charging stations in development, the network will soon connect Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, as well as having additional stations in Western Australia and Tasmania.

Marty Andrews, Chargefox CEO and Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, The Hon. Lily D’AmbrosioThe Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) has cemented its support for EVs and has recently welcomed EVIE who also see the benefit of strategically placed locations. “More than that though, a battery for an electric car to travel 150 miles on 6 minutes of charge was one of the innovations unveiled at the British Science Festival recently,” said AACS CEO Jeff Rogut. “Time for a coffee…and what else?”

“We need to think about how electric vehicles (EVs) will change convenience,” said Rogut. “If it takes just a few minutes to charge, how do we structure our offer to take advantage? After all, 6 minutes is still longer than it takes to fill up with petrol, and motorists twiddle their thumbs while it happens. What can we offer them in this brief but potentially lucrative window?”

The Chargefox 50kW chargers are located at the Torquay Golf Club carpark. With both CHAdeMO and CCS2 plug types allowing for use by current and yet-to-be released (in Australia at least) EVs, the two 175kW chargers can also be combined to provide up to 350kW charging to add as much as 400km driving range in 15 minutes.

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