Electric vehicle charging stations, coming soon for NSW

Electric vehicle (EV) owners will soon have a great deal to be excited about with the NSW state government committed to funding the installation of charging stations on major highways and carparks.

The government has announced that from the funding, $2 million will be dedicated to installing EV charging stations in commuter car parks, and $3 million is assigned to the installation of EV charging points on major roads such as the Pacific, Princes, Great Western, New England and Newall highways.

Although the number of EV charging stations is yet to be confirmed, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said it would likely be in the “hundreds”.

Minister Constance went on to say, “”Electric vehicles are here, they are cheaper to fuel and maintain, but we need to keep developing the network and charging infrastructure to further drive their uptake.

“It’s about reducing emissions but it’s also about reducing the cost for business”.

It is hoped that the higher number of charging stations will see in uptake of EVs purchased in Australia, which currently comprises 1 per cent of vehicles on Australian roads; a very low number compared with other developed countries such as Britain, the United States and New Zealand.

To support this, the NSW government has also committed to at least 10 per cent of new vehicles in their fleet being hybrid or electric.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald: Highways – Car parks to get charging stations for electric vehicles

22 Jan 2019

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