Electric Vehicles

EV News and Research

 We are actively learning and adapting our approach to the cost-effective management of electric vehicles (EVs). Additionally, we have introduced a flexible trial load tariff, providing EV customers with convenient charging options for a fixed network charge.

We are advancing EV infrastructure through partnerships with companies like Jolt and EVX, which have enabled us to install chargers on distribution kiosks and low-voltage poles in strategic locations. Furthermore, we have begun integrating EVs into our fleet, with plans to expand the number of EVs and fast DC charging stations at our depots.

Ausgrid Fleet Initiative

Ausgrid electric vehicle fleet

Ausgrid made fleet efficiencies to support our emissions targets by completing evaluation and selection programs for hybrid and electric vehicle options available in the market.

We have four electric vehicles and will have a fleet of about 20 by the end of FY23. We installed a ‘fast’ DC charger at our Wallsend depot and will be rolling out chargers at other strategic locations.

As assets become due for renewal, all passenger vehicles will be replaced with hybrid or electric vehicles to directly reduce emissions by a minimum of 40%.

Jolt Partnership

On 30 April 2021, Ausgrid in partnership with JOLT launched free fast electric vehicle charging across Sydney by transforming existing streetside kiosks. Find out more.

Arena-Origin Smart Charging Trial

Ausgrid is a project partner with the Origin Energy EV Smart Charging Trial. The trial successfully installed more than 150 smart charging EV chargers across Australia, which were used to test different scenarios of unmanaged, incentivised, and managed charging models with Origin’s customers. In June 2022 Origin released the ARENA lessons learnt report ahead of a final report expected in 2023. Find out more about the Smart Charging Trial

Race 2030 Project

Partners of the Race 2030 Electric Vehicle Program are working together to research the benefits barriers and enablers of integration of EVs.

Transport contributes about 20% of Australia’s emissions, so electrifying transportation is critical in achieving net zero. Ausgrid supports the Strategic EV Integration research partnership to identify and demonstrate approaches to facilitate more EV uptake. The research builds on work across Ausgrid to ready the network for electric vehicles while supporting a fair transition to net zero. Find out more about the Find out more.