The Gold Coast has become the first city in the world to install brand new technology, revolutionising the EV world.
The Tritium RTM75 EV 75KW is 50 per cent faster than the standard 50kW chargers and can charge two vehicles simultaneously.
It can load up an EV to 75km of range within 10 minutes of charging.
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The very first charging station was unveiled at the Kurrawa carpark this morning, but they’ll be rolled out at other locations including Broadbeach, Coolangatta, Southport, Pimpama, Carrara, Bundall and Nerang.
The 10 charging stations will be installed within a 50km radius of each other, to provide electric vehicle drivers with necessary infrastructure as well as catering to anticipated demand.
More importantly, being the first city in the world to debut the technology will put Gold Coast on the map.
“As the transition to electric vehicles begins to pick up pace, we have secured the most advanced DC fast chargers on the market,’’ Mayor Tom Tate said.
“The power used to charge vehicles at these stations will be offset by power generated by the City’s Virtual Power Plant, which harnesses solar energy from more than 47 City buildings.”
The Gold Coast used $350,000 in funding from the state government to secure the charging stations, in order to boost the local economy.
Users pay $5 to charge up, with the profits going back into the Gold Coast’s pocket.
“The business plan to pay out and get all our money back is about a 10-year plan, so after 10 years we’ve got out investment back – it’s a good deal,” Mayor Tate said.