THE first electric vehicle charger was installed at the Cambell’s Corner carpark in Scone today, as part of the NRMA’s ‘Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Network’ initiative, which aims to give electronic vehicle drivers more access to regional New South Wales.
The NSW Government has partnered with NRMA through their Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Plan, investing $2 million in carpark charging points.
Rohan Lund, NRMA Group CEO, said tackling the issue of range anxiety was critical to giving Australians more choice when it came to purchasing an electric vehicle.
“The NRMA has been building Australia’s most comprehensive fast charging network now for over two years because we want to give our members choice and make sure Australia has the capacity to meet demand as electric vehicles become more prominent on our roads,” Mr Lund said.
“This partnership will also open up regional NSW to electric vehicle owners and boost regional tourism by giving certainty to drivers that they can journey across the state without fear of running out of charge,” he said.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Lawrence Toole said the partnership with the NRMA will help the government make green and cleaner travel possible, as well as help get regional businesses and the tourism industry moving again.
“The expanded regional fast-charging network will help further support the regional tourism economy and local investment in regional centres. We want to encourage people to stop off and explore our regional towns while they charge their electronic vehicles,” Mr Toole said.
NRMA has already installed more than 38 fast chargers across major highways including the Hume, Newell, Sturt and Oxley Highways, as well as the Mitchell, Pacific, Olympic and Great Western Highways.