World First Initiative to Create Free, Fast EV Charging Network

12 October 2020

In a world first, Ausgrid has partnered with Sydney based electric vehicle charging network company JOLT to create a free, fast EV charging network across Sydney.

Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross said providing free charging in multiple locations will allow more people into the EV market.

“I’m excited Ausgrid is part of this world first initiative which is taking existing, essential community infrastructure and breathing new life into it,” Mr Gross said. 

“With this partnership, we will be supporting the electrification of transport, making it easier to charge and using 100 per cent green energy.” 

The charging network will be created using Ausgrid’s existing streetside kiosks, which are common in every suburb.  

“Most people are familiar with our green kiosks on street sides across Sydney. They’re essential for Ausgrid operations but most people don’t give them a second thought.

“By partnering with JOLT these kiosks will be transformed into state-of-the art charging stations which will allow EV drivers to pull up, plug in and charge their vehicles.

“This innovation will give our customers and community access to more sustainable transport options in Sydney,”

CEO Richard Gross

JOLT CEO Doug McNamee said the service will offer 7kWh which equates to an average of 15min/45kms free charging per day with extended charging to also be made available via the JOLT App.

"There is significant demand for electric vehicles locally but there are several barriers holding people back - we want to change this and make owning an EV as easy as possible,” Mr McNamee said. 

“Our network of on-street fast chargers will help reduce vehicle ownership costs, eliminate range-anxiety and provide charging options for those that don't have access to charging at home. 

This will help speed up the transition to the widespread use of electric vehicles. We look forward to unveiling the first charging stations with Ausgrid in the near future.”

JOLT and Ausgrid are now working with local councils and hope to install the first charging stations early next year.

A vehicle parked next to an electricity kiosk