Charging your fleet

When considering fleet conversion a key consideration, and potentially cost, is ensuring you have the right electricity connection and supply arrangements to charge your fleet. Here's our guide to prepare for changes to your electricity infrastructure.

Decide what type of charger you need

You’ll need to consider what type of charger, AC or DC, you require based on how quickly you’ll need your vehicle(s) charged. For example, a level 1 AC 2.3kW wall socket will require 8 hrs or more to charge 100km of range while a DC charger at 350kW will take less than 10 minutes.

Work out how many connections you need and the total amount of kW required

The number of vehicles in your fleet, and how many will need to charge at one time, will determine how many connections you require. The total kW required can be determined based on the size of charger, the total number of chargers and the type of power supply you wish to connect to.

Assess your current set up

Do you have a low voltage connection or access to a high voltage connection point? Where you have a low voltage connection to the grid, you may need to upgrade supply or consider charging at staggered times.

Consult with an expert

An electrical consultant will be able to give you a more detailed assessment of what you require to get your EVs charging on site, and work with us to get you up and running.

Share the cost of charging infrastructure

The Charge Up Workplace Grants Program is offering $15 million in grants for businesses to co-fund the cost of EV charging infrastructure.

How long does it take to charge ?

Charging an electric vehicle is easy -  depending on the level of the charger and model of EV the time to charge can vary.

Pick your plug: charger types

Electric vehicles need to plug in to charge. But like mobile phones, not every plug is the same. Knowing the basic types of plugs means that when you need to use an EV charging station, you’ll be confident it will have the right type of plug for your electric car. 

  • Type 1: ‘J1772’ AC charging plug


    Electric car chargerThis type of plug is the standard used in North America and Japan. It is found on many of the EV charging stations in Australia, as many of the EVs sold in Australia before 2018 used this plug type. If an electric car doesn’t have a Type 1 plug built in, many times they can still charge at a Type 1 charging station if using an adaptor. 

  • Type 2: 'Mennekes' AC charging plug

    Electric car charger

    The Type 2 or ‘Mennekes’ plug is the standard plug type in Australia for electric vehicles from 2018 onwards. Type 2 plugs have 7 pins and are compatible with charging from AC chargers. If an EV has a Type 2 plug but needs to charge using a Type 1 charging station (or vice versa) then a Type 2 to Type 1 adaptor can be used.

  • CCS1 Rapid DC charging plug

    Electric car charger

    CCS plugs are also called ‘combo’ plugs – that’s because they have a combination shaped plug – with the top portion of CCS Type 1 plugging into the ‘Type 1’ AC port, and the bottom portion having two additional ‘DC’ connectors. If an electric vehicle was sold in Australia before 2018, it may have a CCS Type 1 plug for rapid charging.

  • CCS2 Rapid DC charging Plug

    Electric car charger

    This is a newer type ‘combo’ plug. Similar to its CCS Type 1 cousin, the CCS Type 2 has a top portion of the plug that fits into the ‘Type 2’ AC port, with an additional two connectors on the bottom portion that enable the DC charging.

  • Chademo Rapid DC charging plug

    Electric car chargerThis plug standard is also common across Australian fast chargers – with many electric car owners having a CHAdeMO to CCS Type 1/Type 2 adaptor to allow them to charge at rapid chargers using this standard.

    This plug type is the standard used by many Japanese vehicle brands.

    The abbreviation is actually short for ‘ChArge de Move’.

Costs to consider when planning to install charging infrastructure

Costs for components and installation naturally vary based on demand and the requirements of a job. However, when planning there are a few key areas that West Australian businesses need to consider.*

Item Component
Electric vehicle supply equipment
  • The charger unit
  • Connectors
  • Pole mount
  • Cable, conduits, distribution board
  • Metering (Class 1)
  • Transformer
  • Labour
  • Trenching, tunnelling, boring
  • Repairing
  • Labour
Site works
  • Signs, bollards
  • Road markings
  • Labour
  • 4G/5G; Ethernet Cable (fibre/copper), Wifi
  • Software installation


 *A guide to electric vehicles - Government of Western Australia

Charging on the go?

Explore Australia's longest EV highway

We’re working with Synergy and the State Government to build Australia's longest connected electric vehicle fast-charging network. The WA EV Network will take you from Kununurra in the north, down to Esperance in the south and across to Eucla in the east.

When complete, EV drivers will have access to 98 EV chargers spread across 49 locations along major transport routes.

Learn more

Get from A to B with PlugShare

We know that ‘range anxiety’ or worrying how far you can drive is on the minds of those considering an EV, especially in our regions.

The good news is that there are already hundreds of places to charge your EV across regional WA, and that number is only going up. Explore our guide to the types of chargers and where you can plug them in, with help from PlugShare.

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Powering a fleet change for the better

More and more, businesses are enjoying the advantages of electric vehicles.

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