NewVolt Reveals Charging Network Rollout Plan

EV charging technology provider NewVolt has formally launched plans for the phased development of a network of truck charging hubs, powered by renewable energy, along Australia’s high-volume road freight corridors and at strategically critical industrial precincts.

At a launch event held in Melbourne last week, the company revealed it would prioritise infrastructure deployment in precincts of greatest need for industry identified after years of engagement with stakeholders.

The NewVolt Network will be delivered in a staged approach to keep pace with advancements in electric truck technology and be deployed where the applications and business case for going electric is strongest.

Phase one will comprise 14 major charging hubs at critical freight and logistics precincts in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane together with the electrification of the Hume Highway along the high volume freight corridor between Sydney and Melbourne.

The second phase of the rollout will further expand the network in metropolitan and key regional cities, and include the electrification of the Pacific, Newell, Sturt, and Western highways.

“Australia has a great opportunity to capture the benefits that electric truck technology will bring when coupled with Australia’s access to low-cost renewable energy,” NewVolt Chairman and Co-Founder Andy Evans says.

The NewVolt Network will feature strategically located, shared-use charging hubs specifically for trucking and will provide long-term, price-certain access to scheduled fast charging to optimise the business case for going electric.

At the recent launch event NewVolt said shared-use charging infrastructure was central to achieving the scale needed to support a connected network for heavy vehicles across Australia

“The NewVolt Network is designed to provide Australia with a pathway to decarbonise road freight by delivering price-certain, reliable, renewable energy through a national network of shared charging infrastructure,” Evans adds.

NewVolt Co-Founder and CEO Anthony Headlam – who will speak at HVIA’s TruckShowX event in May – believes shared-use charging infrastructure is central to achieving the scale needed to support a connected network for heavy vehicles.

“NewVolt is designing its network to leverage on-site energy generation where possible in order to deliver the lowest levelised cost of charging. By taking advantage of Australia’s ability to generate low-cost renewable energy, we believe the total cost of ownership benefits of electric trucks in Australia will be very compelling,” adds Rainer Knobloch, Co-Founder of NewVolt (pictured above on the right with Anthony Headlam).

At the recent launch event, NewVolt outlined the critical role the transport industry plays in the Australian economy and the importance of charging solutions for trucking that are purpose-built from both an infrastructure and commercial perspective.

The company believes Australia has much to gain from rapid adoption of electric trucks including improved health and amenity in urban environments, new training and employment opportunities, and improved freight efficiency and energy security courtesy of Australia’s access low-cost renewable energy.

NewVolt’s vision for an electrified road freight sector in Australia is driven by a diverse team with expertise spanning transport, renewable energy, technology, property, and public policy.

With the backing of Green Tower, a European energy transition fund, NewVolt is ready to lead Australia towards a sustainable and electrified future for road freight.

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