EV Charging Stations
Publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are coming to UOW in 2024.
Partial funding for this project has been provided through the Drive Electric NSW EV Fast Charging Grants Program from the NSW Government Office of Energy and Climate Change.
With this significant contribution, UOW is planning to install a new EV charging station. Three super-fast DC electric vehicle chargers will be installed on the Wollongong Campus, and recently, one charger has been installed at the Innovation Campus. All chargers will be available for use by community members, staff, students and other visitors to the campus.
The Wollongong EV charging station will be powered by 100% renewable energy while the Innovation Campus charger is primarily powered by the 160 kw of solar located on the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). This aligns with UOW’s commitment to become Carbon Neutral by 2030 and aligns with Strategic Goal 3.5 promoting environmental sustainability.
Almost 10 years ago UOW installed the first fast charger (50kW) in the Illawarra at the SBRC as part of an ARC research infrastructure grant. This research was to understand the impact of EVs and their chargers on the grids of the future.
These new chargers will not only provide great access for EV drivers to charge their vehicles, but through the Australian Power Quality Research Centre (APQRC) will also enable new opportunities for students and researchers to continue to contribute to the future management of the energy grid by exploring charging behaviours and how EVs will continue to shape the electricity grid. This knowledge can also be translated into the recently announced ARC Training Centre in Energy Technologies for Future Grids, and the Energy Futures Skills Centre launched in early 2023, both of which seek to build the skills and capabilities needed for Australia’s transition to a clean energy future, as EVs will form a large component of this process.
The plans for the Wollongong Campus includes three super-fast DC chargers, two 360 kW chargers and one 180 kW charger.
The chargers will be installed within the P8 carpark, in close proximity to the campus heart, library, retail and food outlets. Two chargers will be available for accessible parking.
The chargers proposed are extremely fast. The 360kW chargers will be capable of charging a Tesla Model 3 to 80% capacity in approximately 15 minutes.
The chargers are expected to be operational in quarter 3 2024. As the project gets underway, more information will be provided on this page. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 180 kW Ingeteam charger has already been installed next to the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), building 237 at the Innovation Campus.
This charger is now fully operational. Please note this charger will be connected to the Chargefox network in early 2024.