A viral video claims an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Australia’s outback is powered entirely by a diesel generator.
This is false. The off-grid prototype station uses solar panels as its initial energy source, with the generator included as an emergency backup.
But he unknowingly debunked his own claim by capturing the EV station’s initial energy source – a roof made out of solar panels.
“Look! It’s an electric charger for an electric car and right there that is a diesel-powered generator to run your electric charging point for your car,” the person filming says as they show the charging points and generator.
“That generator runs 24 hours of the day, seven days a week.
“We’re saving the planet to charge your electric car.
“Does it make a lot of sense to you? Cause it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.”
The EV station is NRMA’s off-grid prototype for remote charging, using solar power with a backup fuel generator as part of testing to help develop a national network.
In a TikTok video, the NRMA explained its facility has a “three-tiered approach” to power generation.
The initial source of power is the solar panel roof. The secondary source of power is a battery bank, which stores the excess power generated from the solar installation.
The third tier is a backup diesel generator.
The generator “only kicks in if there is not enough power being brought in by the panels and if the battery banks are depleted,” the TikTok video explains.
“Having this approach just means if you are in a remote area you can rely on getting a charge.”
The NRMA told AAP FactCheck the solar charging efficiency depends on how full the facility’s battery is, how many vehicles use the station in a day, and how much charge an EV needs.
The station was set up for testing in October 2023. It is still being evaluated and is not a fully operational site.
The claim an Australian outback electric vehicle charging station is entirely powered by a diesel generator is false.
The NRMA prototype station’s initial source of energy is its solar panels.
The station automatically switches to a backup diesel-powered generator if there is not enough power generated by the solar installation.
False – The claim is inaccurate.