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More Tritium RTM75 EV 75KW charging stations will be rolled out across other Gold Coast locations including Broadbeach, Coolangatta, Southport, Pimpama, Carrara, Bundall and Nerang.

The 75kW DC fast charger is 50 per cent faster than 50kW chargers.

It can charge two vehicles simultaneously, delivering 75km of range to an EV within 10 minutes of charging. The system is designed to be scaled up to 150kW as more users choose EV transport.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the advanced RTM75 technology would showcase the city as an innovative destination, committed to a greener future.

‘As the transition to electric vehicles begins to pick up pace, we have secured the most advanced DC fast chargers on the market,’ he said.

‘The power used to charge vehicles at these stations will be offset by power generated by the City’s Virtual Power Plant, which harnesses solar energy from more than 47 City buildings.’

Network expanding

Gold Coast Council says the ten charging stations will be installed within a 50km radius of each other, to provide electric vehicle drivers with necessary infrastructure as well as catering to anticipated demand.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Steven Miles said the Queensland Government had provided $350,000 towards the charging stations.

‘We are supporting more jobs in more industries and it’s good to see the installation of the charging station will support around 14 jobs across the Coast,’ Mr Miles said.

‘These new charging stations also complement the Palaszczuk Government’s Electric Super Highway and provide further reassurance for EV drivers.

‘Having charging stations along the Gold Coast not only incentivises future EV users, but it also encourages driving tourism along a beautiful stretch of the coast,’ he said.

In 2019, electric vehicle sales increased by 200 per cent in Australia.


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