Government Responds to EV Charger Rollout Concerns


The government has responded following concerns about Engie receiving $720,000 as part of funding under a grant program, to roll out electric vehicle chargers across the Territory.

In a response to questions put forward by the Capital Radio Newsroom Minister Shane Rattenbury had the following response.

“The successful proponents were selected through a competitive procurement process. Each proposal was evaluated by the procurement panel against a set of criteria that considered various factors including the ability to deliver a high quality charging network,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Engie is one of the largest energy companies in the world, employing almost 100,000 people globally and with a presence in 31 countries, operating over 100GW of electrical production capacity. Engie is a new entrant to the EV charging market in Australia and demonstrated its significant track record in installing chargers overseas as part of the competitive procurement process for install EV chargers across the ACT.

“Engie also received funding through ARENA’s Future Fuels program to roll out 103 public charging stations across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The program of works is estimated to cost $22 million. Engie are also partners in a vehicle to grid trial with Flinders University.

“The current round of grant funding will deliver 53 EV charging stations in 2023, including 24 slower AC charging stations and 29 more rapid DC charging stations. The mix of faster and slower charging provides for the different customer charging behaviours expected across the community.

“For example, slower charging tends to be offered at locations where the driver plans to spend an extended period of time as opposed to fast charging stations that are typically used for quick charging on the go.”

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