SA Grants + SA regulations for smart chargers

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As society progress towards a cleaner and more sustainable future, South Australia is taking initiatives in the promotion of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and the charging infrastructure that supports them. The South Australian Government has implemented regulations for smart charging and introduced many grants to encourage consumers to purchase EVs. This blog will go into more detail about the grants available, the advantages of smart charging, and the framework in place to make sure it is used safely and effectively.


  1. Statewide EV charging network

The South Australian Government has awarded a grant of $12.35 million to the RAA to construct and operate Australia’s first statewide EV charging network. This is in an attempt to support the transition to electric vehicles. The aim is to elevate the pressure on EVs and allow EV owners to travel long distances, by installing fast chargers in key locations across the state. The network will comprise of 530 chargers across 140 EV charging stations across 50 rural, regional, and metropolitan areas. This ensures that there are accessible charging stations available to the public.

  1. SA Smart Charging Trials

For the purpose of addressing integration concerns, service gaps, and effective coordination of EV charging, the South Australian government is investing $3.2 million in Electric Vehicle (EV) Smart Charging Trials. The trials will guarantee compatibility with current cars, optimise charging, streamline billing, improve client comfort, and reduce anxiety associated with road trips.

Smart charging considerations are crucial during the process of a new car purchase as over 170,000 EVs are anticipated by 2030 and over 1 million in the next 20 years. The trial will concentrate on the following areas:

  • Virtual Power Plant (VPP) integration
  • Off street car parks in the CBD
  • Hotels/motels/holiday parks
  • Commercial Fleets
  • Public rapid charging with time of use pricing

Future EV regulations will be shaped by the data from these trials, which aim to enable net zero emissions by 2050 and make EVs the default option by 2035.

  1. Key Regulations:

In South Australia, the regulations for smart chargers primarily focus on promoting the safety of EV usage and technical standards to ensure efficient integration with the electricity grid.

  • Technical Standards

The Department of Energy and Mining has established specific technical standards that smart EV chargers must meet. Among these standards is the requirement that chargers must be capable of regulating the charging process. This regulation ensures that charging is optimised to benefit both the car owner and the power grid, helping to manage electricity demand and maintain grid stability. Please refer to the System Eligibility Criteria document on the Energy & Mining website for more information.

  • EVSE Standards

All charging equipment is required to meet safety and performance standards set by the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) standards in South Australia. The state’s overarching objectives of cutting carbon emissions and incorporating renewable energy sources into the electrical grid are intended to be supported by these criteria.

  • Integration with Renewable Energy

The smart chargers are a component of a bigger plan to use renewable energy, decrease pollution, reduce motor expenses, and minimise electricity prices across the state. To accomplish these objectives, the government is strongly encouraging the implementation of smart charging technology through trials they are conducting.

For more information, visit the South Australia Department for Energy and Mining website for complete guideline and updates on these projects.

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