Electric vehicles

A new generation of cars is coming, and the City of Adelaide is ready.

Electric vehicles (EVs) create less air and noise pollution, and when powered by renewable energy, produce less climate altering greenhouse gases. As the proportion of South Australia’s electricity generation from renewable sources increases, driving electric vehicles will mean households and businesses can contribute to a cleaner, greener city. 

The City of Adelaide is ready for this emerging technology, and has a growing network of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

Electric vehicle charging stations

The City of Adelaide has a total of 42 electric vehicle charging stations located across the city and North Adelaide. 

On-street charging stations

There are on-street electric vehicle charging points located across the city and North Adelaide available for public use.

You’ll find them at:

  • 70 Light Square, Adelaide – 2 charging points
  • 47 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide - 2 charging points (2 hours free parking)
  • 61 Jerningham St, North Adelaide - 2 charging points
  • 109 Franklin St, Adelaide - Electric Vehicle Charging Hub – 2 fast charging points, 2 superfast charging points, and 4 Tesla charging points (2 hours free parking).

First hour free for 22kW AC electric vehicle charging services only. Normal on-street parking fees and time limits apply. Please refer to parking signs in each location for details.

Off-street charging stations

The City of Adelaide’s off-street electric vehicles charging stations are located at various UPark carparks:

  • UPark Rundle – 11 x 22kW charging points
  • UPark Central Market – 11 x 22kW charging points
  • UPark Wyatt – 4 x 22kW charging points (Contact UPark to secure a Permanent Reserve EV bay)
  • UPark Topham – 4 x 22kW charging points (Contact UPark to secure a Permanent Reserve EV bay)
  • UPark Grote - 2 x 15-Amp EV power points

Normal UPark parking rates apply, however the first hour of EV charging is free.

If you are thinking about installing an electric vehicle charging station, find out if you are eligible for rebates through the Sustainability Incentives Scheme.

Charging cable

Our fast chargers (AC 22kW) are equipped with a Type 2 (Mennekes) socket. To use these chargers, you must bring your own cable with a Type 2 (Mennekes) plug to connect with our EV charging station.

The two 50kW DC super-fast chargers at the EV Charging Hub on Franklin Street, Adelaide have tethered cables (1 x CCS Type 1, 1 x CCS Type 2, and 2 x CHAdeMO).

The two 15-Amp EV power points at UPark Grote are available on Level 1 for vehicles that use a cable with a conventional wall plug (AU/NZ).

If you are unsure, please contact your vehicle supplier or go online to source the appropriate cable for your vehicle.

Current fees

The following electric vehicle charging service fees apply:


Fast chargers (AC <22kW)
First hour - free

6am to 6pm Monday to Friday - $0.20 per kWh*

All other times - $0.10 per kWh*

*A minimum fee of $1 applies after the first hour.

Super-fast chargers (DC <50kW) 109 Franklin Street, Adelaide
All times - $0.30 per kWh*


UPark Grote15-Amp EV power points
All times - free.

Payment options

Logo chargefox

You will need to pay at all locations using the Chargefox App which is available for download through Google Play and App Store.

Simply download the Chargefox App to your mobile phone, register as a customer, then plug in and power up.

Instructions for use can be found on the EV charging stations.

Trials of contactless payment via payWave are being carried out at UPark Central Market, prior to being rolled out at all charging stations.

Project Partners include: Government of South Australia, SA Power Networks, Mitsubishi Motors, Adelaide Central Markets and Tesla.

Charging station FAQs

Yes, all models on sale and planned for sale in Australia as at May 2019 are compatible with the City of Adelaide’s stations. The Tesla chargers at the EV Charging Hub are only compatible with Tesla vehicles.

In 2017 international electric vehicle sales increased by 57 per cent. There are now over 4 million EVs on the road. Today, 1 million EVs are sold every six months. Many businesses are choosing electric vehicles for their fleets.

Recognising this global trend, the City of Adelaide has invested in charging stations to position Adelaide as a hub for electric vehicles and ensure that tourists and South Australian regional communities have access to EV charging services when they visit the city.

Electric vehicles also provide better outcomes for residents, the economy and local business, create investment opportunities, and increase the liveability of our city whilst decreasing carbon emissions.

Traditional combustion engine cars create greenhouse gas emissions at the tailpipe, because they use oil for fuel. Electricity is also responsible greenhouse gas emissions when it is generated by burning coal.

In 2017, 49 per cent of the electricity generated in South Australia was from wind and solar power. The means that the carbon emissions associated with driving an electric vehicle in South Australia are already lower than a petrol or diesel car. The Australian Energy Market Operator has forecast that by 2020-2021, 73 per cent of South Australian electricity generation will be from renewable sources, which will reduce emissions associated with electricity further.

Emissions can be further reduced by powering charging stations from rooftop solar systems. At present, there are 50kW solar systems on UPark Rundle St, UPark Central Market and Upark Grote Street. The City of Adelaide is currently delivering a project that will see another 800 kW of solar power installed on our other facilities, including two carparks.

Approximately one thousand electric vehicles were sold in SA between 2011-2017. Nationally, sales have been growing sharply, with a 67 per cent increase in EV sales from 2016-2017 (Source: The State of Electric Vehicles in Australia, 2018, ClimateWorks Australia).

New models of Nissan, Audi and Tesla are due for release in the coming year, and the City of Adelaide is prepared for the steep growth in demand.

• Contact the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (SA Branch) for guidance on local service providers

• Contact UPark to secure an electric vehicle charging station for your UPark Permanent Reserve parking bay.

• You may like to look at joining the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partners Program to demonstrate your shared commitment to Adelaide’s carbon neutral goals.

The Sustainability Incentives Scheme provides rebates of up to $5000 to City of Adelaide property owners and tenants when they install electric vehicle charging stations. 

Need more information?

If you have any questions about the City of Adelaide electric vehicle charging stations, please contact Peter Nattrass:

8203 7203

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