Further, faster, smarter
RAA, in partnership with the South Australian Government, is building South Australia’s first state-wide electric vehicle (EV) charging network, with more than 530 charging points set to be installed across the state by the end of 2023. Spanning highways, regional centres, suburbs and the CBD, the electric vehicle charging network will make it easier than ever to own and drive an EV in South Australia.
Charging station locations and how to find them
More than 530 electric vehicle (EV) charging points will be installed at 140 charging sites across South Australia. More than three quarters of the new charging points will be in regional SA, meaning EV owners will be able to travel greater distances across the state.
The map below shows the towns where you'll be able to find charging stations. The exact locations will be confirmed soon.
Initially, you’ll be able to locate charging stations using the Chargefox app, but we’re looking at more ways to help EV drivers find locations. We’ll keep you updated on this page.
Timing and completion
The project will take place over the next two years and the network is expected to be fully functional by the end of 2023.
Why RAA’s involved
The electric vehicle charging network will allow EV drivers to travel freely between metro and regional South Australia.
A recent survey found almost 80 per cent of our members would consider buying an EV. The main reason they weren’t following through with a purchase was a lack of charging infrastructure.
In fact, in some parts of regional SA, the distance between charging points is greater than the average range of an EV battery (400km). These locations are currently off limits for many EV drivers.
Following completion of the electric vehicle charging network, the maximum distance between charging points in SA will be around 200km.
Most EVs will be able to travel between charging points in one charge.
Ultimately, the charging network could help more South Australians opt for electric vehicles – a major win for our state, and the environment.
Funding and partners
Why is this project important to RAA?
RAA believes EVs are the future of motoring, and our research shows almost 80 per cent of motorists would consider buying an electric vehicle.
We know that drivers’ enthusiasm for EVs is curbed by the availability of charging points, so this new network will go a long way to allaying range anxiety.
We’re investing in this project because we believe it will transform of the motoring industry. The charging network will be essential to interstate and intrastate connectivity, long distance travel and tourism.
How much will it cost to recharge at the new charging points?
Pricing will be set at around 35c/kWh, in line with current standard retail rates.
Charging costs will depend on the size of the battery and the EV model. For instance, a Tesla Model X with a battery size of 100kWh may cost $35 to charge, while a Hyundai Kona with a battery size of 39kWh will cost just under $14.
Details will be confirmed soon.
What charger types will be installed?
Two charger types will be installed – AC (fast) with Type 2 socket and DC (rapid) with CCS2. Some will have CHAdeMO connection.
How long will it take to charge my battery?
It will depend on the type of charger and the capacity of your EV.
Fast chargers (located at many tourist parks) will take several hours to fully charge a car, while rapid chargers (often located along highways) can take as little as 20 minutes.
Will the chargers be compatible with all EVs?
Chargers will cater to most EVs complying to the Australian standard CCS2.