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