The NRMA has opened the roads of the Central West to electric vehicle motorists by installing a network of public fast charging stations across the region.
Stations have this week been opened in Parkes and Dubbo, following the opening of a station in Bathurst last month. Another station is scheduled to be opened to the public in Orange in the coming weeks.
The fast chargers will allow most EV motorists to charge their cars in about 30 minutes. Standard public EV chargers take between three and six hours.
The NRMA has committed $10 million to build one of Australia’s largest fast charging networks of at least 40 chargers across NSW and the ACT.
The stations in the Central West follow the installation of stations at Sydney Olympic Park, Wallsend near Newcastle, Jindabyne, Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, Mittagong in the Southern Highlands, Naranderra, Berry, Young, West Wyalong and Bathurst.
NRMA Chief Investment Officer Rachel Wiseman said the network of EV fast chargers in the Central West would open the region to future tourism opportunities as more Australians are expected to drive EVs.
“The nature of motoring tourism is changing and we can’t let regional towns get left behind,” Ms Wiseman said.
“Our investment in this network will ensure we continue to support and boost regional tourism and also ensure Members outside Sydney also have access to this very important technology.
“We know that one of the key reasons why the uptake of electric vehicle ownership has been relatively slow in Australia is because motorists are worried about where their next charge will be, particularly when they’re on the road in regional NSW.
“Range anxiety is particularly prevalent to many Australians, given our rural and regional areas are dispersed across such vast distances and the NRMA is committed to delivering a solution to ‘range anxiety’.
“Our aim is that 95 per cent of EV journeys are within 150 kilometres of one of our charging stations,” Ms Wiseman said.
Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said there were multiple benefits to installing the station.
“While fast charging stations hold many economic benefits for our region, the greatest benefit is to our environment," Cr Keith said. "As a member of the Cities Power Partnership, we [Parkes Shire Council] are committed to doing our bit to tackle climate change and these charging stations are another way of encouraging the uptake of clean energy at a local level."
The Parkes electric vehicle recharge station is located in the Little Theatre car park, accessible via Bogan Street / the Newell Highway.