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Victoria Charging the Regions EV network

ShockOnT

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This is just poor planning, nothing else.
They don’t have the business skills to coordinate the grid supplier with potential sites.
They’ve clearly just found sites then tried to work out how to power them.
 
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djayz

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This is just poor planning, nothing else.
They don’t have the business skills to coordinate the grid supplier with potential sites.
They’ve clearly just found sites then tried to work out how to power them.

This is the standard operation whenever government grants are involved. A company gets chosen to spend it. The criteria of how to spend it are limited and not well thought out by the government bureaucrats who only care about the press sound bites. The companies chosen don’t really want to bite the hands that feed them so they pick the least difficult, cheapest and fastest possible solution even if they know themselves the entire thing is a giant mistake and could be much improved.

Then we all look back and think what a giant waste of taxpayers money that was. Just think of how many times we’ve seen that.
 

Chuq

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The Tasmanian Government did it well. They offered grants up to $50,000 per site, from a pool of around $550,000. Conditions were applied - among others, they had to be minimum 1 x 50 kW unit, have both Chademo/CCS2 connectors, and be available 24 hours.

There were over 20 applicants. Not everyone asked for the full $50k, so there were 12 sites that received funding. All up the $550,000 encouraged an additional $2 million in private investment. For less money than this CVGA project, the state got two sites with 2x 350 kW units, and ten sites with 1x 50 kW (some of which also had a 22 kW AC). About half the sites are installed so far. I'm not sure how the this one was done so well, and the Vic one so poorly.

(More discussion on the Tas ones here - to avoid going off topic! - A mighty effort from AEVA Tasmania )
 
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ShockOnT

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This is the standard operation whenever government grants are involved. A company gets chosen to spend it. The criteria of how to spend it are limited and not well thought out by the government bureaucrats who only care about the press sound bites. The companies chosen don’t really want to bite the hands that feed them so they pick the least difficult, cheapest and fastest possible solution even if they know themselves the entire thing is a giant mistake and could be much improved.

Then we all look back and think what a giant waste of taxpayers money that was. Just think of how many times we’ve seen that.
To be fair, a more succinct way to say that is: “poor planning”.
 

moa999

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Any site that has a single DC charger should absolutely, without question, have an AC charge point as backup. IMHO, the minimum installation for any rural or small town site along a travel corridor should be two 50kW DC Fast Chargers plus two AC charge points.

Agreed but getting power can be difficult even in bigger places.

For smaller towns I'd actually think funding some 22kW DC chargers might be most cost effective.
ABB have a model for around $10k which is way cheaper than the 50kW units and doesn't need transformers etc.
 
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Stromi

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The rollout of the DCFC at Maryborough VIC is in preinstallation phase.
The Station Street site near council and the railway, has power connected and paint on the road.

MaryboroughDCFC-PreInstall.jpg

Waiting for charger to arrive. Expected completion before June 2021.

Source:
Electric Vehicle Charge Point
Charging the Regions info:
Council to install EV charging station
 

Chuq

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The rollout of the DCFC at Maryborough VIC is in preinstallation phase.
The Station Street site near council and the railway, has power connected and paint on the road.

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Waiting for charger to arrive. Expected completion before June 2021.

Source:
Electric Vehicle Charge Point
Charging the Regions info:
Council to install EV charging station

Wow! That was quick.

I forgot to mention it earlier, but I found a reference to this network in a EVC document from early December:

Local Government Resource Pack - Electric Vehicle Council

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If this is correct then it suggests a change from their original plan - for the better!
 

cafz

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Not in either Plugshare or the Evie app yet, though. I assume "first of its type in the world" means it's one of Tritium's new 75kW units, but if so they got scooped by Gold Coast Council!
 
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moa999

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Not in either Plugshare or the Evie app yet, though. I assume "first of its type in the world" means it's one of Tritium's new 75kW units, but if so they got scooped by Gold Coast Council!

Although the Gold Coast one isn't in the Chargefox app yet either.
Agree that wording and the position of the unit between two spots suggests the 75kW units.

The regional sites don't seem to get added to Plugshare as reliably (eg. The new Chargefox Coffs/Boambee site and this Evie Maryborough one and going back the Tesla Gympie one that just popped up one day)
 

koddas

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Came across these chargers being installed at the new Shepparton Art Museum. There's actually four in total even though I only captured three in the shot (and sorry, had a brain fart and didn't take any close ups)

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Chenkers

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Came across these chargers being installed at the new Shepparton Art Museum. There's actually four in total even though I only captured three in the shot (and sorry, had a brain fart and didn't take any close ups)

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The chargers being installed at the Shepparton Arts Museum are part of the buildings claimed Green Star Transport credits and aren't related to the other charger roll-outs.
 

Chuq

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So the Maryborough site is now live, and on the Evie app and Plugshare. Looks like they're using CTR (Charging The Regions) as the network brand and Evie is managing it. Interesting it's one of the new Tritium RTM75 units! 75 kW and capable of charging two vehicles at once.
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The Bendigo council has also put out a press release saying they will be installing two of these units in the next few months!
Plans underway to install new electric vehicle charging stations at the QEO | City of Greater Bendigo.

The statement says 50 kW but two units that will charge four cars suggests its the RTM75 - perhaps its either an error in the media release, or it will be set to 50 kW initially and be scaled up to 75 kW later on.

The original proposal only listed 2x 25 kW chargers for Bendigo, so hopefully this change is indicative of what we can expect at many of the other sites.
 
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cafz

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The RTM75s are internally modular, taking up to three 25kW modules. So it's entirely possible it's configured with two modules for 50kW.

Also apparently the dual-charging capability is being enabled by a software update for the charger soon.
 
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