Charging is one of the major holdbacks for many Australians when it comes to choosing an electric vehicle. The ideal situation is to install a home charger, but if that’s not an option, there are quite a few stations available in Sydney and Greater Sydney.

Public charging stations for EVs are like petrol stations for ICE vehicles. When you learn where to find them, it starts to reduce any range anxiety you may have when it comes with making the switch. While Australia is still in its infancy stage of EV infrastructure, NSW is leading the way with 93 fast chargers and 463 standard charging public charging stations available in 2022.

Now is the time to make the switch, especially if you’re a rideshare or delivery driver. An EV can be a more practical option, with long-term benefits and savings, especially as fuel prices continue to rise.

What type of public chargers are available in Sydney?

The first thing to know is that EVs can be charged using either Alternating Current (AC) or Direct Current (DC) electricity. Rechargeable EV batteries can only store DC electricity, so they need an onboard charger to convert AC to DC.

EV chargers come in 3 different types:

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
  • Standard, 240V wall socket. Typically used in homes.
  • Requires a special cable, usually comes with the car.
  • A dedicated AC EV charger at up to 22kW.
  • Typically installed in apartment complexes, workplaces, shopping centres, hotels, etc. – anywhere the vehicle will be parked for a while.
  • A dedicated DC EV charger at power levels from 25kW to 350kW.
  • Usually installed in commercial premises and road-side locations.
Can add between 10 – 20km of range per hour when plugged in. Can add 40 to 100km of range per hour of charging, depending on your vehicle.
  • At the lower end, this method will add up to 150km of range per hour plugged in.
  • At the upper end, this method can fully recharge some electric vehicles in 10 to 15 minutes.
Not recommended if you’re in a hurry, as it can’t completely charge a car overnight. Can provide enough power for daily use, with an one hour charge or deliver a full recharge overnight. The fastest way to charge your vehicle, superior to what Level 1 and 2 can achieve.
Average cost: $0.15 – $0.30 per kWh Average cost: between $0.20 – $0.25 per kWh Average cost: between $0.30 – $0.60 per kWh

Where can I charge my car in Sydney?

Network charging stations

Across Sydney and Greater Sydney, there are around 190 Level 2 and 3 public electric car charging stations, with more being installed.

According to EVSE, here are the top 3 largest electric car charging station networks currently operating:

  • ChargePoint – AC Charging stations found in many Westfield shopping centres. These charging stations are the older style Type 1 (J1772) stations and will require you to download the phone app and if you have a EV built after 2018 an adapter cable to utilise.
  • EO charging network – situated across North Sydney Council, Northern Beaches, Baulkham Hills and the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. You need to use your own charging cable. You can download their “EOAPP”, for easier use.
  • Chargefox – To use, simply download their, find the EV charger on the app, open the port and then begin charging. Costs vary depending on locations.

Some public chargers are free, and several companies supply a certain amount of electricity for free. For example, NRMA members and non-members can use their fast chargers for free, at least for now.

Jolt, on the other hand, offers 7kWh free each day, which supplies approximately 45km of driving range. That’s more than the 36.4 km, which is the average daily Australian commute.

Non network charging stations

PlugShare shares locations and information for charging stations across Sydney and Australia, so you can easily find the most convenient one near you.

Australia charging locations

Whether you’re ready to make a small investment into a home charging station or you’d rather use the public stations available, you won’t be left empty either way.

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