The Tritium Veefil is a ‘Level 3’ DC rapid charger designed and built by Queensland based company Tritium. It can rapidly charge either fully EVs or compatible plug-in hybrids from various manufacturers.
The Schneider EV Link is a three-phase AC ‘Level 2’ charger designed for use by staff and students. It charges at a slower rate than the Veefill unit, which makes it suitable for charging during the day and is compatible with all vehicles, including plug in hybrids.
Monash is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and is transforming the Clayton campus to be powered by renewable energy. We aim to be a leader in the adoption of new technology and achieving a 100% renewable energy future. These charging stations will enable students, staff and visitors to be a part of the transition.
The charging stations will be free to use until the end of Semester 1 2019, when a small fee will be introduced in order to cover the electricity and infrastructure maintenance costs. However, a valid permit/metered ticket in accordance with the signage at the individual parking bays MUST always be displayed.
The Tritium rapid charger has a time limit of 1 hour and a valid permit or ticket is required to park in the bay.
The EV Link charger has no time limit, but the vehicle must be actively charging whilst parked in the bay. A valid parking permit is required to park in the bay.
In all instances, once your vehicle has finished charging you must move it to another car park to ensure the charging stations are available for others to use. Fines will be issued to those who park in the designed ‘EV Charge’ spaces when not charging their vehicle.
The charging stations use the Chargefox app to allow for simple and instant operation. The Chargefox which can be downloaded from the Google Play or AppStore. If you do not have a smart phone, please contact the BPD helpdesk on 9902 0222 and we will organise an RFID access card for you. Detailed operating instructions for the stations are available here: Veefil, EV Link.
The charging stations are located in the N1 (10 Research Way) and S2 (20 Ancora Imparo Way - Schneider EV Link Destination Charger only) carparks. The N1 chargers are next to the Bike Arrival Station and S2 charger is located near the Basement level loading docks. The Tritium rapid charger can accommodate either one vehicle at a time, whereas the Schneider EV Links can accommodate two vehicles at the same time.
The Tritium charger is compatible with all vehicles that support DC fast charging via either the CHAdeMO or CCS standards (CCS2). This includes currently available vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and BMW i3 (2018). Tesla drivers may also use this charger by using the Model S/X CHAdeMO adapter available from Tesla.
The EV Link Charger is fitted with Type 2 AC charging sockets; a Type 2 to Type 1 or Type 2 to Type 2 charging cable is required. This is the most common type of connector and is compatible with all models.
Monash’s electricity comes from several sources. Solar panels on roofs of our campuses combine with grid electricity to provide our energy needs. Under the Net Zero Initiative, Monash is committed to sourcing all power from renewable sources by 2030. To learn more about Monash’s Net Zero program, www.monash.edu/net-zero-initiative
The answer depends on the type of vehicle and capacity of the battery. For example, an entry level Nissan LEAF has a stated range of around 130-170km per charge. The BMW i3 can be driven up 200 km before charging is required. EVs fitted with a range extender, or plug in hybrids, can travel further than pure battery EVs.
If charged by renewable energy, EVs can provide emissions free transportation. The absence of an internal combustion engine means no toxic emissions are created, and the only source of noise is the contact between the tires and the road. The direct drive motor of an electric vehicle is more efficient at converting energy into movement. Other advantages are the smooth acceleration and regenerative braking for higher efficiency.
EVs are an emerging form of transport and the number of models available in Australia is increasing. Monash is prepared for the increased uptake of EVs, and these charging stations are an important step towards electrifying the Clayton campus.