Electric Vehicle Fast Charger Scheme
Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more common on Tasmanian roads, and as their number increases, so will the benefits to the community. They're cheaper to run, quieter to drive and have zero emissions when powered from Tasmania’s renewable electricity sources.
We support the installation of public fast charging services and have developed our Electric Vehicle Fast Charger Scheme as an incentive for Tasmanian businesses to install fast charging facilities. The Scheme has two main components. The first is technical advice and the second is a rebate on our costs in providing the increased power supply capacity.
Due to the high power usage of fast chargers, they generally require a change to the electricity network to achieve this at the expense of the person or business installing the fast charger.
Electric Vehicle Fast Charger Scheme at a glance
- Relates only to the installation of DC fast chargers for public use
- The connection cost rebate component refunds up to 50% of our charges for providing or upgrading the power supply. The applicant pays full cost up-front and we pay the rebate once the charger(s) are installed and available for public use
- Includes technical advice about fast chargers and the indicative costs of our network upgrades
- Find out more in our information pack (PDF)
The need for public chargers
Most EVs get charged at home overnight using a power point. This is cheap and convenient, but can take several hours. Some public places like tourism establishments or car parks offer charging facilities, however most provide a top-up and won't be able to provide full charge in a short period of time. A fast charger can provide a full recharge within 30-90 minutes. This is also one of the biggest barriers to EV purchases in Tasmania.
Frequently asked questions
Who's eligible for the Scheme?
Anybody who has a connection (or wanting to establish a new connection) to our electricity network may participate. The primary criteria for eligibility includes:
- The charger must be available for public use
- The charger must be a DC fast charger with minimum capacity of 50 kW
- The charger must have standard plugs, ensuring it's compatible with most EVs sold in Australia
- Eligibility criteria apply to the charger location to ensure chargers are distributed evenly around Tasmania
Where are the fast chargers in Tasmania?
To date, there's only one fast charging station, located at Paterson Street East car park in Launceston. You can find other types of EV charging stations at My Electric Car.
Who pays for the electricity when charging?
The charger is connected on the customer's side of a meter, so the owner of the charger pays for the electricity. For a public charger, the charger owner may recover the cost of operating the charger from their EV customers or some owners may offer free charging.
What's a Mode 2 charger?
Also known as EVSE, a Mode 2 charger is a cable with an integral adaptor that connects the EV into a power point. It takes many hours to recharge an EV, usually overnight.
What's a Mode 3 charger?
Aso known as an AC charger or destination charger, a Mode 3 charger is a permanently wired charger that provides a slow to medium rate of charge.
What's a Mode 4 charger?
Also known as DC rapid charge or DC fast charge, a Mode 4 charger is a permanently wired charger that provides a high rate of charge. The recharge time varies depending on the charger and vehicle, but is typically between 30-90 minutes. The high power requirements mean the electricity network connection needs to be evaluated by us and in many cases will require an upgrade. An electrician can provide advice about whether the existing switchboard needs to be upgraded.