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Largest kerbside EV charger rollout underway

Vehicle Efficiency Standard, kerbside EV charger

Motorists in New South Wales will soon benefit from the largest kerbside EV charger rollout in the country.

The NSW Government recently announced it has awarded the first round of EV (electric vehicle) kerbside charging grants as part of its commitment to boost EV adoption.

According to the press release, the government will invest $4.1 million to install 671 EV charging ports at 391 sites across the state.

This investment will be matched by $8 million in private funding.

The initiative aims to reduce transport costs for NSW households and help the state meet its net zero emissions targets.

Penny Sharpe, NSW’s Minister for Climate Change and Energy, said this investment is essential to the state’s EV ambition.

“This investment will significantly increase the availability of public charging options and give people confidence their next vehicle purchase can be an EV,” Sharpe said.

“Almost 30 per cent of NSW drivers do not have access to private, off-street parking to charge an EV. That figure is considerably higher in metro areas.”

“We will continue to roll out EV charging grants to further support the NSW goal of being the easiest place in Australia to own and drive an electric vehicle.”

The new kerbside chargers will provide convenient charging options for drivers without offsite parking, such as those living in apartments and busy metropolitan areas.

They will be installed across 16 local government areas by eight grant recipients: Waverley Council, City of Newcastle, Evie Networks, EVSE, EVX, Jolt Charge, Plus ES, and ChargePost.

The chargers will range from 7 kilowatts to 75 kilowatts and include pole-mounted, pedestal, and kiosk EV chargers.

They will be installed on kerbsides or in public council car parks and will be available to the public 24/7.

The installation is expected to be completed within the next 12 months.

This rollout is part of the NSW Government’s $209 million investment into charging infrastructure.

This includes $149 million for EV fast chargers, $20 million for EV destination charging grants in regional tourist destinations, and $10 million to retrofit EV infrastructure in apartment buildings.

The government is committing $260 million to support the rollout of an updated NSW EV Strategy, set to be released later this year.

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