International Community for Local Smart Grid founding partner Ausgrid has teamed up with EV charging company JOLT to enhance charging accessibility across Sydney.
One of the largest hurdles to EV uptake in Sydney is the limited charging infrastructure adding to ‘range anxiety’, or the fear of running out of power when driving. JOLT and Ausgrid hope that by providing free charging in multiple locations, this will allow more people into the EV market – especially those who don’t have off-street charging.
Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross:
“This is the future of energy. With this partnership, we are supporting the electrification of transport by giving our customers and community access to renewable energy choices, making it easier for people to charge their vehicles and using 100 per cent green energy.”
How does it work?
Ausgrid in partnership with JOLT are transforming existing streetside kiosks into charging stations. These stations will offer 7 kWh free charging, which gives 45 km of range on average – covering the commute for a majority of drivers. Extended charging is available via a paid model, accessible to consumers from JOLT’s App. The charging stations are powered by 100% local, green energy.
JOLT CEO Doug McNamee said it’s just the beginning of an EV revolution:
“JOLT has developed a free, fast charge network to help accelerate the shift to zero-emissions, solving the major barriers to Electric Vehicle ownership, which are access to charging, cost and range anxiety. With free, fast charging we hope more people embrace electric vehicle ownership in NSW.”
There are many community and environmental benefits to come from this JOLT, Ausgrid EV charging initiative. JOLT and Ausgrid are helping to decarbonise the transport sector; eliminating key barriers to EV ownership and entry; whilst EVs can be used to soak up excess electricity generation and in some cases, provide electricity services during peak events. Additionally, providing accessible EV charging infrastructure eliminates a key barrier to entry and supports decarbonisation of the transport sector