According to The Australian Financial Review, a national fast-charging network for electric cars should be built in the next five years, Infrastructure Australia has declared as it outlined its top priorities for 2019.
Lack of access to charging stations is a key barrier to the adoption of electric vehicles, with Australia still having less than 800 stations nationally - only 70 of which are considered "fast charging." The fastest charging stations under development in Australia could give cars enough power to travel 400 kilometres in 15 minutes.
It is the first time an electric vehicle charging network has been named as a "high priority initiative" by Infrastructure Australia, the federal statutory body, which on Thursday releases its biggest and most diverse annual list of project recommendations to date, naming 121 projects and proposals worth $58 billion.
Although some states have been developing regional charging networks, such as Queensland's electric super highway, there is no national network.
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