While many grey nomads remain highly sceptical that travelling the Outback in an electric vehicle (EV) will ever be a practical option, government is continuing to put a priority on rolling out charging infrastructure in regional areas.
In the latest push in New South Wales, the state government has vowed to deliver more EV chargers through its Destination Charging Program.
The $10 million allocated for round two of the initiative is expected to support the installation at least 1,500 EV charge ports at tourism destinations.
Applications are now open for small to medium regional tourism businesses and councils to install EV charging infrastructure. Successful applicants will receive 75% of the cost of purchasing and installing up to four charge points at each site.
Destinations could include motels, wineries, cafes, restaurants, natural attractions, visitor information centres, museums, zoos and local government facilities.
Following the successful rollout of the chargers, a series of EV tourist drives will be developed to promote EV travel across NSW.
The NSW Minister for Energy, Penny Sharpe, said it was a very important program.
“Providing EV charging plugs at regional destinations across our state will help make ‘range anxiety’ a concern of the past and give more drivers to confidence to make EV purchases,” she said. “More EVs on the roads is an important part of the decarbonisation of our transport system and essential to meeting our net zero by 2050 target.”
And the Minister for Regional NSW, Tara Moriarty, said ‘regional residents as well as tourists deserve to have the confidence to be able to purchase EVs knowing the required charging infrastructure is available to them locally’.
The NSW Government’s Destination Charging Program is part of its $209 million investment in charging infrastructure which also includes $10 million in grants to retrofit apartments with EV chargers, $10 million for more kerbside charging and $149 million for ultra-fast charging infrastructure.
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