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South Australia will be a national leader in electric vehicle uptake and smart charging by 2025, harnessing renewable energy to lower motoring costs, air, noise and carbon pollution, and reduce electricity costs for all South Australians.

The South Australian Government is investing $18.3 million to deliver an Electric Vehicle Action Plan.

The plan articulates ten actions to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in South Australia.

The plan seeks to ensure seamless integration of electric vehicles and charging into our homes, businesses and lifestyles, while building South Australia’s reputation as a leader in low carbon transition.

This aims to make electric vehicles the common choice for motorists by 2030, and the default choice by 2035, in line with achieving net zero emission by 2050.

Removing barriers to uptake will bring forward the following benefits:

  • nationally competitive electricity costs
  • $25 million of private investment in the implementation of public charging infrastructure, with a focus on priority regional sites
  • statewide employment in charging network construction, innovation and commercialisation
  • lowered transport costs for business and households
  • reduced noise pollution and improved air quality with associated public health outcomes
  • more than 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 (from 2005 levels).

Smart Charging Trials

The South Australian government is investing $3.6 million in Electric Vehicle Smart Charging Trials as part of its Electric Vehicle Action plan.

The Trials will support market-led proposals that bring forward public demonstrations of consumer focused smart charging solutions. Successful proposals will address the integration risks and service gaps in the market to enable households and businesses to harness our renewable electricity supply and accelerate consumer ownership of EVs.

Applications for funding closed on 15 February 2021 and an evaluation process is currently underway.

Statewide Electric Vehicle Charging Network – call for Registrations of Interest

In November 2020, the State Government announced a total investment of $18.3 million, including up to $13.4 million towards developing a statewide electric vehicle charging network.

Registrations of Interest (RoI) are still being sought from property owners and tenants interested in hosting electric vehicle chargers that will form part of the statewide network.

Consultation on the Plan

A key input into the Electric Vehicle Action Plan was a targeted industry consultation undertaken by the state government from May to August 2019. Download a copy of the consultation report.

Frequently Asked Questions

Download a Printable version of the Electric Vehicle Action Plan.