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Charging options are growing rapidly. EV car owners will prefer the convenience of home charging but there are more options becoming available. Shopping centres are setting up charging stations for EV car drivers to use whilst they shop. Local councils are providing charging services to meet the increasing demand. Most major highways are now fitted with EV chargers in popular tourist destinations. Refer to the map for the list of charging stations across Australia.
Depends on where you live and the vehicle’s battery capacity. E.g. the average price for electricity per kiloWatt an hour in Australia is about 27 cents. It takes approximately 18 kWh to travel 100kms, so it will cost approximately $4.86 in electricity charges to travel 100kms.
Compared with the average petrol car in Australia using 11.1 litres of fuel to travel 100kms (Aus. Bureau of Statistics). That’s a cost of $16.65 to travel 100kms at $1.50 per litre. Even a very efficient diesel vehicle (5 litres per 100kms) will cost $7.50. See the My Electric Car calculator work out how much you could save on fuel costs by switching to an EV.
The newer chargers arriving here in Australia the time to charge for a 120kW charger is about 30 minutes, or a 250kW about 20 minutes or for the ultrafast chargers of 350kW, it takes just 8 to 15 minutes to fill up. If you are charging from a normal house plug (240v) it will take around 8 hours to top up your vehicle. Technology is coming where wireless charging will charge your car while you're parked.
Type 1 plug is a single-phase plug which allows for charging power levels of up to 7.4 kW. Is used in Australia.
Type 2 plugs charging power levels of up to 22 kW are common while charging power levels of up to 43 kW (400 V, 63 A, AC) can be used at public charging stations.
CHAdeMO plug: BD Otomotive, Citroën, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Subaru, Tesla (with adaptor) and Toyota all use this plug.
Tesla Supercharger allows for the Model S to recharge to 80% within 30 minutes.