First of their kind EV chargers land in South Australia

8 November, 2022

From Finland to the Fleurieu, Flinders and Far North – South Australians to benefit from world class technology amongst the first of its kind in the nation. 

A shipment of DC rapid and ultra-rapid chargers has set sail from the ports of Finland for South Australia’s upcoming EV charging network – with the first unit arriving in Adelaide this week. It’s among the first of its kind to hit Australian shores, and RAA is delighted to be leading the charge with such world class technology. 

Nick Reade, RAA CEO said the arrangement with Kempower would provide EV drivers in South Australia with access to the best-in-class technology. 

“RAA is proud to be playing a pivotal role in supporting South Australia’s transition to more sustainable transport and mobility solutions by creating the first State-wide charging network,’’ he said. 

“Kempower has earned an enviable reputation in Europe as a leading provider of DC charging infrastructure, and we’re delighted to be working with such a like-minded organisation as we build a network that EV drivers can rely on. 

“DC rapid and ultra-rapid infrastructure will play an important role in helping EV drivers travel greater distances across the State, which is why we’ll be installing this infrastructure along key transportation corridors for SA’s border-to-border network.’’ 

Kempower’s new factory in Lahti, Finland

Kempower CEO Tomi Ristimäki understands the urgent need for reliable DC charging infrastructure in Australia and its role in helping EV drivers to travel greater distances. 

“To be providing the DC charging infrastructure for South Australia’s first border-to-border charging network is a proud moment.”

“Our technology is designed to help EV drivers recharge and carry on their journey as quickly as possible, and for a place like South Australia – which is almost three times the size of Finland – we acknowledge just how crucial it is,” he said.  

More than 50 DC charging sites will be installed for South Australia’s EV charging network. Rapid charging sites will have CCS2 plugs and can produce 150kW maximum output. Ultra-rapid charging sites will have both CCS2 and CHAdeMO plugs and can produce 200kW maximum output. Re-charge times will depend on the capacity of the EV but typically, rapid and ultra-rapid sites could re-charge an EV in as little as 20-30mins.  

More on South Australia’s EV charging network

South Australia’s EV charging network is being built with the support of a $12.4m State government grant. The rollout of the network is expected to start before the end of the year with the launch of the first operational AC charging sites at various locations to be confirmed. The installation of DC charging sites is expected to commence in the New Year and continue throughout 2023 and into early 2024. 

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