Australian electric car network 2008

Electric car network mockup 2008
Electric car network mockup 2008

Better Place selected Australia, the world’s sixth largest country in terms of area, to build an Australian electric car network in 2008 [1]. The network was planned to include:

  • battery stations
  • a charging network – initially available in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne
  • a green energy push

The goal is to establish electric car networks that allow zero emission vehicles to run on clean energy grids to reduce the reliance on oil. They intend to build an electric vehicle network capable of supporting the switch of Australia’s 15 million gas cars to zero emission vehicles.

Note: Better Place is no longer operating.

Roll out of electric car networks

Earlier this year, Denmark and Israel undertook to establish the world’s first electric car networks.

Australia will become the third country in the world to have an electric car network in a bid to run the country’s 15 million cars on batteries powered by green energy under a plan announced in October 2008.

Under the plan, charging spots to top up batteries would be located in places where cars park, including home garages, shopping centres and office carparks.

The charging spots, which would look like parking meters, would provide cables to connect batteries to a green energy grid, for which AGL Energy will provide power from renewable sources including hydro and wind.

On the outskirts of city centres and on freeways, “battery switching stations” would exist for trips longer than 161 kilometres. Drivers could swap batteries to get a longer range for longer trips.

Better Place seeks to show that their model works in any country, regardless of size.

Better Place has partnered with AGL Energy, with Australia’s largest portfolio of privately-owned renewable generation and Macquarie, well known for making infrastructure investments around the globe.

AGL will provide all of the renewable energy—from wind and other sources—needed to power the electric vehicles and work with Better Place to optimize the network. Macquarie will provide financial advice to help raise AUD $1 billion for the initial network build.

California network announced

Better Place also planned to bring a $1 billion electric-car infrastructure system to the California Bay Area by 2012, where leaders unveiled policies on Thursday November 20, 2008 to fast-track the adoption of electric cars.

Note: Better Place is no longer operating.

See also


  1. Plan for electric car network, The Age, October 23, 2008