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Regional EV network launched in SA

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South Australian regional communities are getting a major boost to electric vehicle (EV) accessibility with the launch of the first charging sites under the Albanese Government’s $78.6 million Driving the Nation fund in partnership with the NRMA.

Three new fast EV charging stations have gone live in Berri, Nuriootpa and soon at the Nullarbor Roadhouse, allowing electric vehicle drivers to confidently travel long distances across regional South Australia.

“Long-distance travel is a reality for many Australians, but EV charging blackspots have been a roadblock, especially in rural areas,” Federal Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said.

“We’re rolling out these fast-chargers to tackle blackspots and ‘range anxiety’, giving motorists confidence to choose cleaner, cheaper EVs no matter where they live.”

The Berri, Nuriootpa and Nullarbor sites are the first of 19 locations planned across SA under the program, creating a network of regional EV charging highways linking communities across the state which borders all mainland states and territories.

“As EV uptake increases, this national network enables drivers to navigate and find a charge with ease,” NRMA Energy CEO Carly Irving-Dolan said.

“The Berri and Nuriootpa chargers solve blackspots, connecting regional towns. And Nullarbor is our second stand-alone power system site – world-first tech better connecting all Australians.”

The fast chargers allow EVs to rapidly recharge for long stretches of transit. Over the next year, additional stations will open in regional hubs like Border Village, Burra, Ceduna, Coober Pedy, Mount Gambier, Port Augusta and more.

Bowen highlighted the network’s importance for South Australia, which shares borders with all mainland states and territories.

“The prospect of long-haul EV road trips is becoming an exciting reality,” he said.

According to the government, the infrastructure rollout addresses range concerns for EV drivers while reducing transport emissions by enabling cleaner vehicles in regional areas.

The Federal partnership with the NRMA aims to install a fast charger every 150km along national highways.

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