Transport for NSW has announced that a $6 million program to deliver 25 more electric vehicle (EV) chargers in regional areas is almost complete.
The program was funded with a $3 million contribution each from the New South Wales Government and the NRMA to help deliver greener and cleaner travel.
This will extend the NRMA’s existing chargers to more than 100 in around 70 locations in New South Wales, creating the most comprehensive regional charging network in the country.
The program involves the installation of dual chargers ranging from 50kW to 150kW in key regional New South Wales locations. Most of these locations will be within no more than 150km from another in the NRMA fast charger network.
The range provided depends on the charger and the electric vehicle but for example, a 75kW charger can charge an EV battery to provide up to 90km of range in 15 minutes, 180km of range in 30 minutes or 360km of range in one hour.
The fast chargers further unlock the state with a focus on regional corridors including the Newell, Barrier, New England and Kamilaroi highways as well as completing the Castlereagh, Hume and Kings Highway connections.
The northwest of New South Wales is the latest area to be rolled out with chargers at Inverell, Narrabri, Moree and Dorrigo switched on in recent weeks and another one at Walcha due by the end of November.
This program also includes chargers at Casino, Tenterfield, Coonamble, Nyngan, Cobar, Wilcannia, Broken Hill, Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Gilgandra, Jerilderie, Temora, Armidale, Scone, Yass, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong and Braidwood.
Thanks to the efficiencies achieved in the co-funded program, there will be an additional 25th site in Moruya installed in 2024.
The Transport for NSW partnership with the NRMA to deliver more fast chargers in the regions follows the announcement by the State Government of $10 million allocated under round two of the Destination Charging Program.
Around 3,000 EV chargers are set to be installed at tourist destinations under the program, with applications now open.