Intellihub has been awarded $871,000 by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to install streetside EV chargers in eight NSW local government areas.
The $2.04 million project aims to explore the use of power poles for EV recharge and investigate vehicle-to-grid technology by monitoring its impact on the electricity network.
Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said Intelluhib chargers will be utilised to establish a national EV charging network.
“A lack of charging infrastructure is a challenge to the uptake of EVs, with a quarter of Australian households currently unable to charge from home because they don’t have access to off-street parking,” Minister Bowen stated.
According to Minister Bowen, the Intellihub streetside power pole chargers aim to eliminate barriers for Australian motorists who lack access to cleaner, cheaper-to-run electric vehicles.
“Together with our government’s national highway network rollout of 117 chargers, the power pole installations will give more people confidence to buy or lease their own EV,” the Minister added.
“The government has already cut taxes on EVs through the Electric Car Discount, which will deliver up to an $11,000 a year saving on a $50,000 electric vehicle,” he continued.
The 50 EV chargers will delivered across NSW local government areas of Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra, Labe Cove, Bayside, Singleton, Lake Macquarie, and Northern Beaches.