The Federal Government is tipping more than $850,000 into a $2 million infrastructure trial in New South Wales, with 50 electric car chargers to be installed on power poles within the state.

An electric car infrastructure trial in New South Wales is aiming to provide access to chargers for electric vehicle owners without off-street parking.

The Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has allocated $871,000 in funding to utilities firm Intellihub, aiming to install 50 electric car chargers on street-side power poles throughout New South Wales.

The trial will initially be rolled out in seven Sydney council areas – Waverley, Woollahra, Randwick, Ryde, Parramatta, Northern Beaches and Inner West – and two Newcastle/Hunter region councils, Lake Macquarie and Singleton.

Intellihub’s $2.04 million trial has been designed to allow electric car owners without access to off-street parking to charge their vehicles by using existing infrastructure in Australia.

Schneider Electric will provide the electric car chargers, while the service will be managed by EVSE. Origin Energy is set to supply renewable power to the network.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller believes the trial will play an important role in increasing the accessibility of public electric car chargers.

“Not all electric vehicle owners have the ability to charge their vehicle at home, which is why we’re excited to partner with Intellihub on this trial that utilises streetside power poles, providing a great opportunity to pair with electric car charging,” said Mr Miller in a media statement.

“We look forward to seeing the results of the trial from Intellihub and hope to see it rolled out right across Australia.”

According to the agency’s website, ARENA has provided $1.86 billion in grant funding to more than 600 renewable energy projects since 2012.

Intellihub CEO Wes Ballantine added the expected uptake of electric cars in Australia within the next two years will require more off-street charging solutions.

“It’s expected that as many as 10 per cent of new car sales in Australia will be electric vehicles by 2025,” said Mr Ballantine in a media statement. “That equates to an extra 120,000 new electric cars on our local streets each year.

“It’s likely that many of these car owners may be unable to charge their electric cars from home.

“Power poles line most of our public streets and that presents an opportunity for the electric car charging market. They’re an accessible, safe, and practical option for electric car charging.”

As reported by Drive this week, two recent independent reports have proposed petrol and diesel vehicles from Australian capital cities, placing a higher level of importance on the adoption of electric cars.

While the European Union is set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2035 – with some concessions for synthetic fuel – Australia is currently without a national target to phase out fossil-fuelled cars.

Extracted in full from: Street-side power poles to become electric car chargers in NSW trial – Drive