Charging cars

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1 September 2021


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Australia’s network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations is growing rapidly. From urban carparks to interstate freeways, hundreds of charging stations are already installed across Australia and that number is ever-increasing.

As the average Australian motorist drives 33km per day, and a second-generation Nissan LEAF e+ has an indicative driving range of up to 385km*, an urban driver could drive for a week on one charge. Also, given that the average EV driver actually does 80% of their charging at home1, an EV makes a lot of sense for day-to-day urban commuting.

In saying that, Australia is a big country where drivers sometimes undertake great distances. So, it’s understandable that the availability of public charging stations is a key consideration for many drivers thinking about going electric.

Both the public and private sector recognise that a comprehensive charging network is vital to the future of electric cars in Australia. Week by week, public charging stations are being installed in carparks of major shopping centres, office buildings and hotels, as well as on streets and highways across the country, and this number continues to grow2.

Given the vast size of Australia compared to markets such as Europe or Japan, ensuring our roads have the infrastructure to enable EVs to make long journeys is of unique importance. Thanks to initiatives such as the Queensland government’s Electric Superhighway project connecting Brisbane to Port Douglas3 and efforts from NRMA in NSW a lot of this work has already been done. 

Coastal Highway

The private sector is also innovating to enhance Australia’s charging network locations and speeds. Chargefox, a Melbourne-based company has completed installing Australia’s first ultra-rapid charging network. The network of 22 charging stations connects to the QLD government’s Electric Superhighway3, allowing motorists to drive from Brisbane to Sydney, Sydney to Melbourne and Melbourne to Adelaide. Charging at speeds of up to 350kW, they are some of the fastest in the world—capable of delivering up to 400km of range in 15 minutes. This is also future-proofing the network as EVs continue to develop to take faster and faster charge rates. All charging stations are powered by renewable energy, meaning long-distance road trips create virtually no emissions.

Local councils are also following suit in major cities. Street-side charging stations can be found in most local council areas, in addition to shopping centres and workplaces.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE A NISSAN LEAF TO CHARGE?

The private sector is also Charging times can vary greatly depending on a range of factors such as; charger type, capacity and condition, energy availability at site, the vehicles maximum/peak charge capability, vehicles battery state of charge, capacity and temperature and ambient temperature at point of use.  When connected to DC fast/rapid chargers, the charge rate decreases substantially once the battery gets above 80% (hence why fast/rapid charge times are usually stated up to 80%), so are you after a full charge or just a top-up? As the amount of charge required will obviously impact time required to charge.  Below is a summary to typical charging times for a Nissan LEAF and LEAF e+.

Charger Type LEAF LEAF e+
AC 10A 230V Wall Socket 21 hours 32 hours
AC Wallbox (7kW) 7.5 hours 11.5 hours
DC Quick Charger (50kW) 60 minutes 1.5 hours
DC Quick Charger (100kW) N/A 45 minutes
All AC charge times are from low charge warning to 100% state of charge
All DC charge times are 20%-80% state of charge

Explore Australia's Charging Network

When embarking on a long drive or planning a commute, it’s easy to locate charging points along the way using these online tools:

Chargefox

Operators of Australia’s fastest open-charging network and public-charging partner of Nissan Australia.

Visit Chargefox
Plugshare

A comprehensive user-generated map of charging
points across Australia.

Visit Plugshare

Note: This website may contain links to other websites may contain links to other websites owned by other third parties. These third party links are provided for convenience only. Nissan makes no representation or warranty in respect to the content and use of such third party sites.

 

*450km range tested to Australian NEDC ADR81/02 standard. 385km indicative driving range using the new WLTP test procedure for the European spec model. Note Australian model has not been tested using WLTP test procedure. Figures obtained after the battery was fully charged. Figures stated for the purposes of comparison amongst vehicles tested to the same technical procedures only. Actual real world driving range may vary depending on factors such as battery age and condition, driving style, use of heating/cooling, traffic conditions, weather conditions, any accessories fitted and vehicle load.