Gasoline trade Ampol has opened its first electric vehicle fast-charging site, a few months after launching its AmpCharge brand and entering the electric vehicle infrastructure game.
Ampol received $7.05 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to help its plans to roll out 120 sites in total by the end of 2023, despite gasoline retail margins rising to “unheard of” levels. precedents” as prices soar at the gas pump.
The first of five new locations in the initial AmpCharge launch has officially opened in Alexandria, Sydney. The site has a Hypercharger 150 DC fast charging unit that has two CCS2 and CHAdeMO ports. The chargers are capable of charging up to 150 kW using the CCS2 port. Other sites are expected to have the same chargers and open before September of this year.
Currently, Ampol offers free rates until the end of August with this first site. Mixed reactions to Ampol’s first EV charger.
The site already has a number of users according to Plugshare, with drivers sharing images used across the platform.
“Great site, thanks Ampol! Said one of the drivers.” Very easy to use. I love her! Another said.
“Nice servo tuning for a fee,” said the third.
However, the fourth driver, apparently in a hurry, was unhappy with the fact that the unit had only one cable.
“In use when driving with a Tesla driver who said it would be another 15 minutes. I went elsewhere. They said the problem is just a CCS2 cable. Driver-reported charging rates ranged from 32kW to 64kW. The maximum charge rate achieved depends on how much the battery is discharged when charging is started and the maximum charge rate of the vehicle; The lower the state of charge, the higher the maximum rate.”
It is also affected by the automotive industry and local network limitations.
After an initial free period, the price will be fixed at 60 cents per kWh; At a similar rate to some Evie Networks and Chargefox 350kW sites. It’s great to see another network launch in Australia. The reliability and footprint of the new AmpCharge network will be key and will lead to increased use by electric vehicle owners across Australia.