Fast Cities is building a national ultrafast electric vehicle charging network in order to catalyse the adoption of clean and efficient transportation in Australia.
Fast Cities is backed by major investors including the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund.
We partner with leading consumer brands and technology companies, including Tritium Pty Ltd.
Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Australia, working with key partners to build an open, customer friendly and widespread ultrafast charging network on highways, in cities and in every town.
Australia is on the cusp of a transportation revolution, with electric vehicles, car sharing and autonomous vehicles bringing benefits in terms of productivity, jobs, balance of trade, energy security, health and emissions.
Drivers are about to benefit from the introduction of fast, fun and convenient electric vehicles (with lower fuel and running costs) as major auto manufacturers bring more models to Australia. As the price of Lithium ion batteries falls, these vehicles will cost no more than equivalent petrol and diesel within two years.
What’s holding us back? Australia’s current charging network is slow, patchy and unplanned, and despite conservative projections estimating between 40,000 and 140,000 EV in Australia by 2025, we are yet to establish a clear framework for meeting this demand.
In Australia, no single player is big enough to do it alone, so Fast Cities, backed by the significant resources of the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund, has committed to leading the development of an open standards, open access network, meeting the secure international standards (OPCC 1.6 or ISO 15118).
Fast Cities welcomes co-investors, brand partners, governments, existing charger owners, and future charging site hosts to join us on this grand mission. Contact us if you want to participate or learn more.
The great thing about electric vehicles is that they can be charged at home using off-peak electricity or solar panels. And, drivers who do this can save 75% on their annual fuel bills.
But not everyone can charge at home, and Australians love a week-end getaway, road-trip or quick top-up. Businesses also need fast and convenient charging for all-day duty cycles so public fast charging is essential.
Australia needs thousands of public charging sites, and many of them need to be ultrafast (at least 350kW) so that drivers can fill-up in 10 to 20 minutes.
Slower chargers will have an important role as ‘destination chargers’ where drivers can get a top-up, stay for an hour or two, or even charge overnight.
Several forward-thinking organisations like ActewAGL, NRMA and Energy Queensland are deploying such networks, while hotels and other businesses are installing fast chargers to serve their fleets and customers. These destination chargers can be part of our national roaming network if they use open standards and opt-in.
The missing element is inter-city highway charging.
Fast Cities is committed to building an ultrafast EV charging networks on highways across Australia, commencing with the Cairns to Adelaide route in 2018-2019. Across this network, each site will include two state-of-the-art locally manufactured ultrafast 350kW chargers.
Our mid-term goal for the network is to ensure no driver needs to travel further than 75 kilometres between 50-150kW fast chargers, and no more than 200 kilometres between 350kW ultrafast chargers.
We are currently selecting, designing and planning sites.
To accelerate the speed and scale of the roll-out, Fast Cities is looking for brand partners, site hosts and investors to co-invest in the network and support the roll-out of this important national infrastructure. To get involved, propose a site location, or find out more, contact us HERE.
Our joint investments will allow millions of Australians to discover the benefits of electric driving.
CHRIS MILLS – CEO
Chris Mills is the Chief Executive Officer and joined the Fast Cities Australia team in July 2018.
Chris is an experienced leader in the deployment and operation of nationwide network infrastructure. As a founder of Commpro Telecommunications he was a pioneer in telco asset deployment and management in the UK and Australia from 1996 until the successful exit in 2006. He subsequently launched Optus’ 4G service in Australia and led Optus’ mobile network deployment for 5 years.
Most recently, Chris led the network deployment for Sprint Corporation in the US. He has acquired, deployed and managed tens of thousands of grid connected telecom towers across Australia, Europe and US. His experience covers the full range from product development, branding and marketing, customer care, service assurance and support, IT and network planning and build, property management, regulatory compliance, as well as capital raising and M&A.
PAUL FOX – HEAD OF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT
Paul Fox leads corporate strategy and business development. He is a co-founder of Fast Cities and was CEO from August 2017 to July 2018.
Prior to that he was CTO of AGL New Energy, where he was instrumental in creating the New Energy business; helping to deliver new products including zero-down solar, home batteries, smart air conditioners, virtual power plants, electric vehicle charging and blockchain enabled P2P trading.
Prior to that he was a venture capitalist at the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) and spent 14 years working in Silicon Valley.
In other roles, Paul was CEO of a smart grid technology company, a vice president at electronics manufacturer Flex, and the CEO of a fuel cell company.
He built the first mobile phones in Hungary, was a strategy consultant in telecoms, financial services and infrastructure, and was national operations manager for one of Australia’s largest construction organisations.
Paul began his career building water and power systems in remote localities.
ANDREW SIMPSON – HEAD OF OPERATIONS & PLANNING
Andrew is an engineer and one of Australia’s leading experts on electric vehicles and charging systems based on 20 years of deep experience within the electric mobility and renewable energy sectors.
Prior to joining Fast Cities he was the Managing Director of Verdant Vision providing strategic planning and implementation support to electric fleets and charging networks throughout the Asia Pacific with clients such as Air New Zealand and the Asian Development Bank.
He has also contributed to EV policy with APEC, Standards Australia and multiple levels of government in Australia, New Zealand and USA.
Andrew began his career at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory and then made a landmark contribution at Tesla Motors to bring the Roadster to market and pave the way for their Model S and Supercharger network.
He has also shaped sustainable urban developments with smart grid initiatives as Team Leader at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, and delivered solar PPAs with storage peak demand reduction for commercial and industrial customers as the COO of GoZERO Energy.
TREVOR St BAKER
Trevor has over 60 years experience in the energy industry, including 23 years in planning and leadership roles within NSW and Queensland Electricity Commissions, 12 years a Principal of ERM Consultants then founding ERM Power and ERM Business Energy.
Trevor recently retired from his position as Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair of ERM Power to concentrate on his roles as Chairman of Sunset Power International t/a Delta Electricity and as Director of StBEIF.
Trevor plays an active role in the broader energy industry, including as Chairman of the National Generators Forum (3 years) and presently Director of Energy Policy Institute of Australia Limited as well being either Director or Chairman of all StBEIF investee companies.
Rodger is an experienced senior executive with 30 years of experience in the international energy sector with a focus on the commercial and wholesale trading aspects of energy, both as a commodity and as a product to end users.
Rodger has held General Manager and Managing Director roles for several decades with companies such as BHP Billiton, Energex, Ingenero (a solar company he co-founded) and MPower.
His responsibilities have included overall business and financial performance, business development, project development, trading, risk management, and establishing new businesses and business units.
Fast Cities welcomes enquiries from:
- Wholesale co-investors willing to invest in charging assets or operating companies
- Consumer brand partners willing to enable revenue support for the network
- Governments interested in public-private partnerships
- Existing charger owners wishing to join the open roaming network
- Future charging site hosts with good locations located on highways
- Destination charger site hosts willing to buy a fast charger for their business and join the network
- Employee candidates who would like to join us on this electric road trip.